ME31 PMMA Polymer discussion

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ME31 Engineering Materials

Information Project

(Project 1)

The purpose of this project is for you: 1) to gain experience with searching data resources on Engineering Materials; 2) learn in more detail about one of (or your only) favourite materials. In summary the project entails: “Pick a material and tell me about it!”

What you are to do is select a specific material (although the selection does not have to be approved by the Instructor, it cannot be generic [e.g., metal] but instead must be specific [e.g., 6061 aluminium metal alloy or PMMA polymer]). For the material chosen you will need to determine some material specifications, properties, attributes (availability, cost, fabricability, service life, colour, texture, etc.) that make this material unique and interesting to you. Also tell me about some of the applications for this material and why you think the material was chosen for those applications.

The report consists of two parts: main text and attached figures/tables. The format consists of characters with font size 12 (any sans serif font), 19 to 25 mm margins, single line spacing, and should not exceed three pages of text only (the number of pages of figures, tables, graphs or other illustrations is not restricted but should be appropriate to the number of pages of text; these figure, tables, and graphs should follow the text and should be properly called out and referred to in the text [e.g., Figure 1, Table I]). A typical expository essay format (e.g., first paragraph should contain a thesis and “roadmap’) should be used with appropriate (i.e., not ALL web-based) reference sources and citations included.

Grading is as follows (100 points total):

20 pts - Intro/thesis/roadmap 20 pts - Main body/discussion 20 pts - Conclusion/wrap-up 20 pts - References/citations 20 pts - Figures/tables including sources

The final report should be presented in print form and also submitted in electronic form to the digital drop box of the course website.

Tutor Answer

School: University of Maryland


Running head: PMMA POLYMER


PMMA Polymer

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Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA polymer) is one of a member of huge family belonging to
methacrylate esters.

Consequently, this ester has an attachment of R from the alkyl or aryl group and can be
substituted with all kinds of reactive and less reactive substances.

PMMA polymer is of commercial importance with a range of acrylic polymers derived from
acrylic acid.

Polymethyl methacrylate has a glass transmission property that occurs as a result of the
acoustic spectrum at 390K.

The polymer reactions of PMMA is associated with the determination of the thermal stability
characteristics of PMMA polymers.

Consequently, PMMA polymer prepared by anionic mechanisms tends to be more stable than
that prepared through the free radical process.

PMMA Polymer has been a lightweight synthetic material that has an economic advantage
and has been applied as an alternative to polycarbonate in areas where high strength is not

In the applications for engineering, a range of substances from homeware, automotive
electronic displays as well as cosmetic packing and lighting.

Optical lenses have also applied uses of PMMA polymer.

Manufacture of kitchen accessory and furniture has embraced uses of SUMIPEX PMMA
following the aesthetic advantages and scratch resistant properties of the substance.

Electronics domain varies its optical properties through uses of PMMA polymers. In this
case, there has been a rising demand for robust and excellent optical clarity of electronics.



LED televisions have employed production of Light Guide Panels, as well as notebooks,
tablets, and infrared transmitters, have been modified through using PMMA polymers for
enhanced performance.

The packaging of cosmetics requires use of lightweight, stable and recyclable materials.
Unlike other metallic containers, PMMA polymers are non-toxic and result in a little hazard
to the environment making their recycling property to be possible.

The modern lighting has seen improvements from the previous lighting techniques used in
the past.

Another application of PMMA polymer is the manufacture of wind...

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