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Shipshape Composites

Engineers in the University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Center are working with the U.S. Navy and Maine businesses to improve shipbuilding technologies. With two new federal grants totaling $2.36 million from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the researchers will focus on redesign of the high-speed Mark V Patrol Craft and the reliability […]

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UMaine Boatyard to Build Prototype Navy Craft

ORONO – A $4 million appropriation in the new federal budget will fund a joint effort by the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center at the University of Maine and Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay to build a prototype special operations boat for the U.S. Navy using composite materials. The project will showcase the qualities of […]

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New Sea Wall Bolsters Castine Shore

CASTINE – The Maine Maritime Academy waterfront has a new high- tech sea wall built through the efforts of two colleges and two Maine companies.The 153-foot-long, 6-foot-tall sea wall runs along a portion of the waterfront near Payson Hall. It replaces a 20-year-old wooden barrier that had deteriorated and was allowing some erosion near the […]

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Put to the test

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 to 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 products, […]

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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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