Date: 18 April 2012
Past proof-of-concept projects include a popular and pioneering indoor Amazonian rainforest exhibit at the CosmoCaixa science museum in Barcelona; the world-famous "Tropenhaus" rare species botanical garden in Berlin, Germany; and a bottlenose dolphin rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia.
For each project, DuPont specially manufactured its high-strength ionoplast interlayer without using UV blockers, allowing construction of laminated glass panels with improved transmission of shorter-wavelength UV-A and UV-B ultraviolet light. While invisible to humans, UV light is critically needed by many terrestrial and aquatic species for food identification, mating and display, proper growth and good health in environments as close as possible to their normal outdoor habitat.
Most architectural laminated glass includes UV blockers to protect interior fabrics and furnishings from discoloration and to avoid prolonged human skin exposure to the UV light rays. Compared with other interlayers available to the laminated glass industry, DuPont™ SentryGlas® N-UV is not cross-linked or cured, relying instead on intrinsic ionoplast stability to resist degradation or loss of clarity from extended exposure to sunlight.
Like normal ionoplast sheet, DuPont™ SentryGlas® N-UV offers up to 100 times the stiffness and 5 times the toughness of traditional safety glass interlayers, allowing for larger glass spans. This can further improve natural light transmission when used in combination with high-transmissivity glass.
Structural engineering advantages of SentryGlas® interlayer often allow for thinner glass and minimally supported glazing. The interlayer's outstanding resistance to moisture ingress and chemical attack make it ideal for open-edged designs, even in warm, humid environments.
SentryGlas® N-UV interlayer is available in sheet form, in 1.52-mm (0.060-in.) thickness. To help life science professionals and others explore product application ideas, DuPont has sample interlayer sheets available immediately for lamination and testing with user-specified glass for envisioned projects.
For additional SentryGlas® N-UV product information, including ultraviolet light transmission curves, visit sentryglas.com.
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