Thermoplastic Acrylic Emulsion

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Definition - What does Thermoplastic Acrylic Emulsion mean?

A thermoplastic acrylic emulsion refers to the chemical occurrence where polymeric materials (that are esters of acrylic or methacrylic acids) are dispersed in a fine stream of droplets into another liquid that it is not soluble or miscible in. This mechanism is used to produce corrosion preventative coatings from thermoplastic acrylic substances.

Corrosionpedia explains Thermoplastic Acrylic Emulsion

A thermoplastic acrylic emulsion allows thermoplastic acrylic substances to be used to produce corrosion preventative coatings because they facilitate the binding of high solid particles with other particles with a viscosity similar to that of water. This provides enhanced levels of chemical and photochemical resistance to corrosive reactions in the surrounding environment. Such environments include, but are not limited to, alkaline atmospheres, acidic atmospheres, brackish environments and several others.

Characteristics of acrylic resins include:

  • Favorable average molecular weight of the polymers
  • Even polymer molecular weight distribution
  • Exterior durability
  • Fewer organic solvents
  • Excellent hardness
  • High gloss and transparency
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