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National Geographic Channel to Feature UMaine Homeland Security Project

ORONO, Maine — A National Geographic special commissioned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will feature a University of Maine project that has created secure shipping containers equipped with sensors to tell handlers when the cargo unit has been tampered with. “Hi-Tech War on Terror” is set to air at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. […]

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UMaine’s AEWC Receives Award for Composite Building Material

ORONO, Maine — For the second year in a row, the University of Maine’s AEWC, Advanced Structures & Composites Center, has been recognized as an industry leader by the American Composites Manufacturers Association. The Center received two awards last year for its blast resistant tent panels made of composite material, and this year took home […]

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UMaine Researchers Develop Breakthrough Composites Technology

ORONO — Researchers at the University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center have developed a new composite fabrication process that they hope will revolutionize the industry. Their method involves the use of applied pressure to infuse polymer resins into fabrics, wood, concrete, ceramics and other materials to produce stronger, more durable composites for the […]

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UM blast-resistant wood impresses Army

ORONO – Maine’s federal legislative leaders are convinced that new technology unveiled Tuesday at the University of Maine not only will protect our troops overseas, but also will lead to jobs in Maine. Nearly 100 UM faculty, students, community members and legislative leaders gathered at UM’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center for the unveiling of […]

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Navy seal patrol boat gets makeover

George Chappell Bangor Daily News BOOTHBAY – Navy SEALs are tough guys by nature but they take a beating from their patrol boats: bruises, bumps and sore backs, even sprained ankles and chipped teeth. An all-composite version of the aluminum Mark V patrol boat constructed by luxury boatbuilder Hodgdon Yachts is aimed at reducing the wear […]

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UMaine composite center wins two industry awards

ORONO – Two of the most prestigious awards in the wood products industry were presented Thursday to the University of Maine Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center during a conference in Florida. “It’s really exciting for the university and for the state as a whole,” AEWC director Habib Dagher said Friday. “In our industry, this is […]

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Last Impression

In February, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud were at the University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Center for a demonstration of a new product designed to protect American soldiers in combat. The Modular Ballistic Protection System panels developed at UMaine fit inside tents, protecting troops from mortar fragments and other […]

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UMaine ships lifesaving tent panels overseas

ORONO – A shipment of panels designed by researchers at the University of Maine to protect soldiers from explosions was on its way Thursday to a Maine National Guard unit in Afghanistan. To mark the milestone, Army officials, federal and local legislators and representatives from the university gathered at UM’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center […]

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