Product Development & Testing - Structural Testing

The UMaine Composites Center is an ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory with nearly 20 years of testing experience meeting industry standards from coupon-scale to full-scale. Our dedication to industry responsiveness and fast turnaround have led to more than 500 product development and testing projects over the past five years.

Our facility includes fully equipped, integrated laboratories to develop and test durable, lightweight, corrosion-resistant material solutions for a wide variety of industries. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Offshore wind energy
  • Civil infrastructure
  • Electrical utilities

The Center offers expertise in large-scale and coupon-level instrumentation and testing, composites manufacturing and analysis, and finite element analysis.

For more information, or to speak with an engineer about your structural testing needs, please contact Russell Edgar.

Structural Testing Laboratory
Structural Testing Laboratory

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(2) 55,000-lb Instron tension/compression hydraulic actuator with 20-in stroke

(2) 110,000-lb Instron tension/compression hydraulic actuator with 20-inch stroke

(1) 300,000-lb Instron tension/compression hydraulic actuator with 30-inch stroke

Servo-Hydraulic Digital Structural Test System

Allows up to ten actuators in a single test setup for independent simultaneous tests.

Photo of Reaction WallReaction Wall

Reinforced concrete, 21′ high, movable, reaction points on 2′ grid, post-tensioned to the reaction floor, can be reconfigured to support multiaxis loading configurations.



ARAMIS & PONTOS Measuring Systems

Non-contact systems to measure 3D surface displacements and strains in dynamically loaded test objects.

Image of surface displacement by 3D digital image correlation ARAMIS.
Surface displacement by 3D digital image correlation


Photo of Flow Mach 4 Waterjet.Flow Mach 4 Waterjet

This machine runs at 55,000 PSI with a 30 HP pump motor and comes with a dynamic cutting head, which enables 3D cutting and cuts that are more “square” than non-dynamic cuts.