AQUARIUM THICKNESS CALCULATION
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recommends that all acrylic water vessels, including aquariums should
be constructed with cell cast ACRYLITE® GP acrylic sheet. This
requirement exists for two reasons:
GP sheet is more capable of withstanding continuous loads than continuously
manufactured or extruded sheet.
GP sheet maintains a high level of mechanical strength after water
absorption has reached equilibrium.
joints must withstand the effects of the continuous hydraulic pressure
and the high level of water absorption for many years. Two-part
polymerizable cements are recommended for this to meet this requirement.
For proper cementing techniques see Tech Brief #1-Polymerizable
Cement. Solvent cements are NOT recommended.
determine what thickness acrylic sheet should be used, the calculation
below can be used assuming the base is uniformly supported.