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At the forefront of testing and manufacturing new, innovative, and sustainable forest products to revitalize and diversify Maine’s forest-based economy.



Research at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center is at the forefront of developing novel, corrosion-resistant, rapidly deployable structures and infrastructure components utilizing next-generation composite materials. The team also works closely with State Departments of Transportation to assess and enhance the longevity of existing infrastructure through bridge field testing, asset monitoring, and the characterization of construction materials. Additionally, researchers develop advanced analysis methods and software for bridge capacity estimation. With partners such as AIT Bridges and the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC), the ASCC is demonstrating these cutting-edge technologies in the field, improving transportation infrastructure in Maine, New England, and beyond. 

Research Areas

The Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC) is the 2018 US DOT Region 1 (New England) University Transportation Center (UTC) located at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. TIDC’s focus is on helping state DOTs extend life and improve the durability of their transportation assets through the development of new technologies, materials, and structures. TIDC has six member Universities within the New England Region.

Moving forward we will continue to pursue projects in partnership with industry and government stakeholders to advance and deploy promising Center-developed technologies that are more sustainable, durable, and long-lasting.


The GBeam is a fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) tub-girder that  is corrosion resistant and designed to last more than 100 years with little to no maintenance. GBeams are ¼ the weight of an equivalent steel girder and are a promising, sustainable, low-cost alternative to steel and concrete that is easy to install. G-Beams are fabricated by AIT Bridges and shipped to destinations nationwide.

Bridge Assessment

ASCC researchers and students have field-load-tested more than 30 bridges for the MaineDOT to more realistically determine their capacity. While conventional engineering analysis requires limiting truck weights and transportation restrictions, this testing has lifted these weight restrictions for approximately two-thirds of the tested bridges. Finite-element analysis software developed by ASCC researchers that more realistically predicts concrete slab bridge capacity has been adopted for use by the MaineDOT and consulting engineering firms, replacing the need to perform less accurate conventional analyses. A novel, nonlinear finite-element analysis method for assessing older T-beam bridges developed at the ASCC has been used to keep structures open and fully functional. Ultimately, this research has led to a significant reduction in bridge maintenance and repair costs and fewer travel limitations.

GArch: Bridge in a Backpack

The Composite Arch Bridge System, commonly known as Bridge-In-A-Backpack, has been used in 28 bridges in the U.S. and beyond. This technology accelerates bridge construction time, reduces life cycle costs, and has received top industry recognition.

Carbon Fiber Strand Testing

Using tools for measurement like fiber-optic strain sensors and temperature sensors, the ASCC has installed and monitored six carbon fiber composite strands on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge since 2007. These strands are high-strength and non-corrosive composite materials, which inherently last longer than traditionally used steel and result in cost savings. This research is ongoing between MaineDOT, the ASCC, and the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center.

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