Withstands Wind and Waves
Cockpit Windows Made of Altuglas ShieldUp Polymer
For the cockpit windows and the two wheelhouse protective bubbles of the trimaran "Arkema Multi 50" Altuglas ShieldUp polymer was used.
More transparent than glass, according to the manufacturer the polymer is the only material capable of withstanding the deforming and distorting effects of the boat’s movements, while resisting the violent impact of waves and bad weather. It comes with a 10-year warranty against yellowing caused by UV rays. The performance and speed of the trimaran were improved, thanks to the weight gains provided by the PMMA sheets of Altuglas ShieldUp: a window thickness of 6 to 8 mm is enough with this polymer, while polycarbonate requires 12-mm thick windows.
Other industries could benefit from these characteristics too. For example, lighter vehicle weights lead to reduced energy consumption in the automotive sector. The optical quality of Altuglas ShieldUp in combination with the good shock resistance can also benefit manufacturers of motorbike windshields and bubble screens. Additionally, its chemical resistance opens up new applications, such as medical equipment, and also provides a new solution for manufacturers of perfume and cosmetics displays.
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