Arkema Debuts Glass Alternative | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 42 | p. 28 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 16, 2011

Arkema Debuts Glass Alternative

Department: Business
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ShieldUp (right) doesn’t whiten under high temperatures as conventional acrylic sheet (left) does.
Credit: Arkema
Nanostructured acrylic sheet (right) doesn’t whiten under high temperatures like conventional acrylic sheet (left).
 
ShieldUp (right) doesn’t whiten under high temperatures as conventional acrylic sheet (left) does.
Credit: Arkema

Arkema has launched a nanostructured acrylic sheet that it says is a lighter alternative to glass for use in cars, photovoltaic panels, and aerospace applications. Known as Altuglas ShieldUp, the sheet combines poly(methyl methacrylate) and elastomers to make a shock-resistant sheet that also remains transparent at high temperatures.

 
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