Plastic Properties of Polymethylmethacrylate (ACRYLIC)

Plastic Properties of Polymethylmethacrylate (ACRYLIC)

Acrylic is a rigid plastic with a high degree of transparency. It is resistant to inorganic acids and alkalis but is attacked by a wide range of organic solvents. Acrylic’s clarity and stability make it very suitable for the manufacture of burets and in sheet form it may be cemented to produce tanks, trays, racks etc. Acrylic may be used at temperatures up to 70°C continuously and to 90°C for short periods. 10mm thick Acrylic provides an effective barrier for Beta Radiation Protection.

ACRYLIC Resistance: Excellent resistance (no attack) to Mineral Oils. Good resistance (minor attack) to Dilute Acids, Aldehydes and Aliphatic Hydrocarbons. Limited resistance (moderate attack and suitable for short term use only) to Bases. Poor resistance Poor resistance (not recommended for use) with Concentrated Acids, Alcohols, Esters, Aromatic and Halogenated Hydrocarbons, Ketones, Vegetable Oils and Oxidizing Agents.

ACRYLIC Quick Facts:

Maximum Temperature: 194°F 90°C

Minimum Temperature: -76°F -60°C

Autoclavable: No

Melting Point: 212°F 100°C

Tensile Strength: 7,000 psi

Hardness: R120

UV Resistance: Good



Specific Gravity: 1.18

ACRYLIC Fabrication: Nearly crystal clear, Acrylic is an excellent choice for display cases, vitrines, and point of purchase items. Thicker Acrylic material can shield against beta radiation. Available in a wide array of forms and colors. Machineable and heat-bendable. Acrylic can be solvent bonded. Extruded acrylic can be flame polished to obtain a glass-like finish. Applications include aquariums, picture frames, shelves, and cabinets.