How You Bond A 40′ x 4″ Acrylic Sphere…

12 Oct


Acrylic Bonding

Through years of R&D, Reynolds Polymer Technology has developed an ability to chemically bond acrylic, creating a nearly invisible seam, while maintaining over 90% of the parent materials strength.

For larger projects, “on-site bonding” has become a way of creating massive acrylic structures on-site as shipping the finished product would be impossible. In some cases months are spent in clean room environments in order to create that exacting bonding atmosphere as would be at home.

Reynolds Polymer Technology - R-Cast Acrylic

Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Project
Sudbury, Ontario, CanadaThe Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in Ontario, Canada, is a scientific masterpiece. Designed for astrophysics research, this forty-foot (12.2m) sphere is made of 2″ – 4″ (5cm – 10cm) thick acrylic, was created with over 1,550 feet (470m) of bonds, and was constructed 1.25 miles (2km) beneath the surface of the earth in a clean room environment.

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory was a collaborative effort sponsored by the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to increase the scientific understanding of particle physics and astrophysics. Approximately 74,000 pounds (33,566kg) of acrylic and over 1,550 feet (470m) of bonds were used to create this 40’ (12.2m) cast acrylic sphere.

The forty-foot (12.2m) diameter seamless acrylic sphere at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Project is used for astrophysics research. Reynolds Polymer Technology provided the scientific research and design, engineering, manufacturing and on-site installation of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) project.

1 Comment

Posted by on October 12, 2007 in Acrylic, Fabrication, General Knowledge


One response to “How You Bond A 40′ x 4″ Acrylic Sphere…

  1. Michael de Lannoy

    February 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Nice. Did you also check RPT’s acrylic bonding job at the Aquadome in Berlin?


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