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Acrylic Windows vs Glass Windows

Acrylic glass is often chosen as an alternative for laminated glass. Both Acrylic and laminated glass are transparent building materials which withstand high pressures and can be used for applications like aquariums in marine museums and yacht windows.

Acrylic is a monolithic material made of organic substance, hence its nickname "organic glass". Plexiglas is a popular brand name for acrylic. Another one is Perspex©.

Laminated glass is made of several layers of mineral glass (also called flat glass, Borosilicate glass or "Echtglas"- real glass, in German). These sheets of glass are separated by transparent liners which are fused together. This makes them particularly strong and prevents inclusions. The materials used for the liner are PVB & SGP. Nowadays SGP is chosen for most applications, because of its hydrophobic properties.

Looking at different physical aspects we want to compare the performance of the two materials.

Hydrosight Underwater Window in a control room for a ROV. The water is just above 0°C, still there is no condensation on the screen.