Handbook of Acrylic


Handbook of Acrylics: for Submersibles, Hyperbaric Chambers and Aquaria

Jerry D. Stachiw

Hardcover, Illustrated Edition, ISBN:1930536-15-1

A masterful book. 1066 pages. 

$150 USD, Free shipping within continental USA

The Handbook on Acrylics is the most comprehensive engineering document the world has today regarding the technology of acrylics for use in pressure vessels and in particular pressure vessels for human occupancy. This book encapsulates 40 years of engineering work, design, fabrication and testing history which was performed in the USA for the US Navy. There is no equivalent knowledge base in any other country do deeply invested in the study of PVHO acrylics. This life’s work is at the root of the today’s internationally recognized ASME PVHO-1 Standard for Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy. Dr. Stachiw’s scope of research in PVHO acrylics extended far beyond what is codified in the ASME PVHO standard today. Everything is described in this book. It is a unique modern engineering reference library, highly technical. To be read, studied and cause wonderment from an engineer to future engineers.

William Kohnen, President

Hydrospace Group



The “Handbook of Acrylics for Submersibles, Hyperbaric Chambers, and Aquaria” summarizes the theories, test data, and work experience accumulated over the years in the design, fabrication, and operation of acrylic plastic viewports in submersibles, hyperbaric chambers, and aquaria. This fully illustrated handbook solves current practical engineering problems in the design of the pressure resistant acrylic plastic viewports in the entire pressure range from full vacuum to 20,000 psi (138 Mpa).

This handbook is ideally suited for engineers, designers, operators, and inspectors of pressure vessels who need to know and understand the technology of viewport and hyperbaric chamber development. In addition, the safety factors recommended for the design, to preclude catastrophic failure, are covered in a separate section of the ANSI/ASME PVHO-1 Safety Standard.

This book is a necessary addition to the libraries of designers, fabricators, users and inspectors. Materials, fabrication processes, distribution of stresses and strains in standard window shapes, critical pressures, bonding techniques, deterioration of acrylic material, and surface finishes are all discussed. The designer, operator and/or inspector is made aware of how to care for acrylic in service and what may harm or even destroy the usefulness of the acrylic. This information helps engineers design, fabricate and test numerous acrylic structures that will be safe, economical and long lasting. With the information included, a sound engineering appraisal can be made and used for safe designs of acrylic windows and pressure vessels.



Section 1.0 The Quest for Panoramic Vision Underwater 

Section 2.0 Introduction to Acrylic Plastic 

Section 3.0 Sources of Window Design Data 

Section 4.0 Structural Properties of Monolithic Cast Acrylic Plastic 

Section 5.0 Acrylic Aquaria Enclosures 

Section 6.0 Pressure-Resistant Windows 

Section 7.0 Plane Disc Windows with Flat Bearing Surfaces 

Section 8.0 Plane Rectangular Windows Section 9.0 Conical Frustum Windows 

Section 10.0 Plane Disc Windows with Twin Conical Bearing Surfaces 

Section 11.0 Spherical Sector Windows 

Section 12.0 Spherical Pressure Hulls 

Section 13.0 Cylindrical Windows 

Section 14.0 Illumination of Vessel Interiors 

Section 15.0 Stress Relieving Processes 

Section 16.0 Joining Acrylic Components 

Section 17.0 Effect of Submersion in Water 

Section 18.0 Crazing 

Section 19.0 Deterioration of Acrylic in Service 

Section 20.0 Optical Characteristics 

Section 21.0 Safety Standards 

Bibliographic Information


Title: Handbook of Acrylics for Submersibles, Hyperbaric Chambers, and Aquaria

Author: Jerry D. Stachiw

Binding: Hardcover, Illustrated Edition

ISBN: 1930536-15-1

Library of Congress Control Number: 9781930536159

Length: 1066 pages

Contributor: Marine Technology Society

Publisher Best Publishing Company, 2003

Original from the University of California

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