August 2010 | Focus: Polycarbonate

Vinyl valves in chemical processing lines.
Gaining recognition
as superior glazing material

Polycarbonate structured sheet, basically defined as multiple layered sheets with supporting ribs, has long been popular in Europe for applications including canopies, walkways, skylights, atria, pool enclosures and anywhere architects and designers want to let the light in and keep the elements out. In North America, however, over 80 percent of the applications have been for greenhouse glazing, where growers were the first to take advantage of the excellent useful light transmission, energy efficiency and durability characteristics of polycarbonate structured sheet. Read more.
Polycarbonate...the designer's choice
Ternion Bio's BioBlade system uses Harvel® EnviroKingUV® pipe to create state-of-the-art photobioreactor systems.

A unique custom profile was developed using a specially designed color, amber, to provide the light transmission of 60 percent and the uniform diffusion needed to enhance the interior effect of the Les Ailes de la Mode complex in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Key to the development and production of the lighting panels was the combination of properties that polycarbonate offers. Toughness, rigidity, lighting, code approvals and economics are a few of the key performance criteria that allowed polycarbonate to be the only material of choice. Read more.
GF Piping Systems' PROGEF Polypropylene Piping System is used for a steel mill's acid recovery and acid regeneration lines.
See-through plastic installation guidelines
Polycarbonate panels in solid, multiwall and corrugated can be used in various applications from interior projects like ceiling panels or office partitions to exterior building materials used in skylights, walkways, greenhouse glazing and insulated roofing. The possibilities for polycarbonate are endless! Read more.

Tips for cutting and routing polycarbonate sheet
Noveon's trio of high performance CPVC products — FlowGuard Gold®, BlazeMaster® and Corzan® pipe and fittings — enhance construction projects with a quieter plumbing system that eliminates "banging" from water hammer and a long-lasting fire sprinkler system that protects lives.
Polycarbonate sheet offers the advantages of high impact strength and optical clarity. The material is also easy to cut, shape, rout, bond and fasten, and can be easily molded, vacuum-formed and thermoformed. With its characteristics of clarity, toughness and endurance, polycarbonate sheet can be easily fabricated into products that last. This article presents a few guidelines for cutting and routing polycarbonate sheet. Read more.

Test your knowledge

What do you know about polycarbonate? (Answers are available at http://iapd.org/popquiz.html.)

1. One disadvantage polycarbonate has versus acrylic is the percentage of optical transmittance. What is the percentage
of optical transmittance for polycarbonate per ASTM D 1003?
       a.    80 to 84 percent
       b.    85 to 89 percent
       c.    90 to 94 percent
       d.    95 to 99 percent
2. The impact strength of polycarbonate is how many times stronger than that of glass?
        a.  50
        b.  100
        c.  250
        d.  320

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In this issue

Gaining recognition as superior glazing material
Polycarbonate structured sheet is now being utilized for its many environmental advantages.

Polycarbonate...the designer's choice
Find out what makes polycarbonate the designer's material of choice.

See-through plastic installation guidelines
Polycarbonate panels can be used inside and outside, as long as you follow some basic tips.

Tips for cutting and routing polycarbonate sheet
Polycarbonate has high impact strength but can still be easily cut, shaped, bonded and more.

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