UMaine Technology Awarded Patent

A team from the University of Maine was just awarded a patent for a creating a technology that’s been researched all throughout the world. As Caroline Connolly reports, it’s something they believe could strengthen Maine’s job market.At first glance, it looks like an ordinary wooden beam, but a new technology is doubling its strength.”It’s almost like having a thousand people standing under the beam and pushing upward on it,” said Director of the school’s Advanced Structure Department, Habib Dagher.No man power is required here, though. All the work is really being done by a reinforcement made of fiberglass that lines the bottom of the beam. “This has been a technology that people have been researching for years across the world.”And after five years of trial and error, a team of students and faculty finally got it right.”You do piece by piece, and you don’t really know what the end result is going to look like when you finish it,” said graduate student, Matthew Holman.

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