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Governor to Highlight Nov. 20 AEWC Groundbreaking

ORONO, Maine — Governor John Baldacci will highlight a groundbreaking ceremony November 20 for a two-story addition to the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center at the University of Maine. The 7,100 square-foot expansion will provide laboratory space geared toward technology development and commercialization. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the AEWC Center. Provost […]

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UMaine Wood Composites Center Receives International Certification to Help Companies Develop New Products

ORONO– Structural and materials tests performed by the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Center at the University of Maine have received an international stamp of approval that will help companies develop new products. The International Accreditation Service (IAS), Inc. has certified AEWC as a laboratory that meets standards for 47 different tests of plastics, wood […]

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Research and Business Growth Envisioned at UMaine Wood Composites Center

ORONO, Maine — The Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Center at the University of Maine will expand its research laboratories, add a small conference facility and provide space for a new student entrepreneurship program as a result of bond funds approved by the voters June 10. “The voters overwhelmingly support job creation. They have given […]

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Manufactured maritime materials

Some of the U.S. Coast Guard’s aging marine facilities in the Northeast will get a face-lift using some of the newest building materials available as the result of research at The University of Maine. UMaine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Center has a three-year, $500,000 contract with the Coast Guard to develop and test composite components […]

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The Amazing Adventures of ‘Superwood’ Composite Research Is Adding Muscle to Maine’s Mild-Mannered Timbers

Technology at The University of Maine is transforming the state’s lower-grade wood species into “super wood” — new value-added building materials. Engineers and wood scientists at UMaine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center (AEWC) are developing new materials by combining wood with space-age plastics, such as fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs). The goals: stronger, cost-efficient construction materials to build […]

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The Pier of the Future

It is one thing for a student to get hands-on experience in field construction and another to be a project manager overseeing construction of Maine’s first wood composite commercial pier. University of Maine graduate student Melanie Bragdon is involved in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite research. Her work has taken her from UMaine’s state-of-the-art Advanced Engineered Wood […]

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Space-age gavels

In the latest session of the Maine legislature, at least nine wooden gavels were broken in the House of Representatives by House Speaker Michael Saxl as he pronounced votes on bills and other matters. That’s when a legislative colleague turned to The University of Maine for a solid solution to a problem of smashed gavels that, […]

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Composite Strength

Editorial Voters who two years ago supported the state’s first attempt to fuel its university system with money for research and development now can see their investment in action. The University of Maine’s new wood-composite lab melds Maine’s traditional natural- resource-based economy with a high-tech future. At UMaine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center, wood products […]

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The State Of Composites

Materials Made By Combining Several Others, Are Becoming Big Business In Maine  By L. Mercedes Wesel David Patch imagines a town in Midcoast Maine known not for lobster, loons or moose, but as a living laboratory for modern construction materials. In Patch’s vision, the bridge leading into town is made of a material that is […]

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Making Magic with Wood

By Susan Young, Bangor Daily News  Carefully perched on a rock, Habib Dagher tapped away at the keys of a laptop computer balanced on steel rods protruding from a small wooden bridge. A piece of plastic shower curtain, decorated with a colorful children’s motif, shielded him from the pouring rain.    Not exactly the glamorous […]

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