Location: Chengdu, China
Application: Acrylic Window
Year Opened: 2010
Visitors to the new Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean World in China have two new exhibits they can explore thanks, in part, to R-Cast® acrylic from Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. (RPT). A number of flat panels, curved panels, and an underwater tunnel allow visitors to explore the ocean in new ways and experience a variety of marine life. The landlocked city in the Sichuan province is the only marine park and oceanarium in western China. RPT worked in conjunction with RPT Asia, Ltd. to manufacture, fabricate, and ship 13 panels that were transformed into a Shark Tank exhibit and the Undersea World exhibit.
The largest of the flat panels is slightly more than 40 feet long, 12 feet tall, and is 6.6 inches thick, which was the largest panel in China when initially designed. The largest of the curved panels provides a 35 foot wide view and is nine feet tall at 3.3 inches thick. This S-shaped panel measures 27 feet long, 7.5 feet tall, and is 3.25 inches thick. The asymmetrical curvature of the panel contributed to the complexity of the engineering and manufacture.The tunnel was built in two sections with a bend in the middle, and in total, is slightly more than 45 feet long with 18 foot tall vertical views.