Wood Composites

Cross-laminated Timber

Cross-Laminated Timber Focus of BDN article on regional economic growth

The Bangor Daily News recently featured UMaine’s cross-laminated timber research in its “series seeking to understand how the Bangor region could grow its economy.” From the BDN: “Mass timber and CLT is the first real wood product that competes with and displaces steel and concrete rather than other wood products,” said Stephen Shaler, director of UMaine’s […]

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UMaine gets $455K for Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center

Reported by MaineBiz: “UMaine gets $455K for ‘mass timber’ commercialization center” The University of Maine System has landed a $454,532 federal grant to create a center to accelerate the use of Maine-sourced timber and engineered wood composites in place of steel and concrete for larger construction projects. In a joint statement announcing the grant from […]

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Our Research Featured in PPH Editorial, “Our View: Don’t Lose Hope for Maine’s Wood Products Industry”

The Portland Press Herald Editorial Team published an article this morning, titled: “Our View: Don’t Lose Hope for Maine’s Wood Products Industry.” The article cited work being done at the UMaine Composites Center to help the wood products industry grow into the future. You can view the full article, visit: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/11/03/our-view-dont-lose-hope-for-maines-wood-products-industry/ From the Portland Press Herald: Researchers […]

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Norway Spruce Forest – Maine

Watch a live recording of 11/2 Norway Spruce press conference

View a live recording of the press conference hosted by NELMA and the University of Maine on November 2nd regarding Norway spruce. View the recording, here: https://www.facebook.com/UMaineComposites/videos/1140047419436313/ We are joined by representatives from NELMA, J.D. Irving, and Pleasant River today to discuss Norway spruce and its immediate positive economic impact for Maine. Posted by UMaine […]

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Norway spruce tested at UMaine approved for construction-grade lumber

Media release Contact: Josh Plourde, jp@maine.edu 207.951.5650 Note: A press conference and test demonstration with university and industry officials from J.D. Irving, Pleasant River Lumber and the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 2, at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The press conference will cover how […]

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Dagher cited in Press Herald article, a bright future for Maine’s lumber industry

Dr. Habib Dagher was cited in a recent Portland Press Herald Article called, “Maine’s wood innovators gathering to explore next-gen products.” Read the full article, here: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/20/conference-explore-next-generation-maine-wood-products/ Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine in Orono, oversees one of the world’s largest laboratories experimenting with nanocellulose composites, […]

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UMaine tests Norway spruce to see if it makes the cut for construction

Click here to visit the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA) Website The following video of norway spruce load testing is courtesy of NELMA: University of Maine scientists are testing wood from some of the 3 billion trees the Civilian Conservation Corps planted during the Great Depression. Staff and students at the UMaine Advanced Structures and […]

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Seminar on Monday 9/28: Dr. Lech Muszynski on Cross-Laminated Timber

SEMINAR: “Making CLT: The Whos, the Wheres, and the Hows” Dr. Lech Muszyński, Department of Wood Science and Engineering at Oregon State University UMaine Composites Center Monday, September 28, 2015 All visitors must register with the UMaine Composites Center front office. Dr. Lech Muszyński is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at […]

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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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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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