Wind and Wave Facility Featured in Engineering News-Record Article

Engineering News-Record reported on the new wind and wave laboratory being built at the University of Maine. During the summer of 2014, UMaine broke ground for an $8 million facility that will house W² — the world’s first wind and wave lab to feature a rotating open-jet wind tunnel above a 100-foot-long by 30-foot-wide by 15-foot-deep wave basin. The facility, which is an expansion of the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and is being constructed by Cianbro Corp., will be used to create waves and wind from different directions converging at a point and creating a storm. A beach at one end of the wave basin will enable coastal engineers to study erosion, seawalls, breakwaters, and the impact of sea-level rise on communities. “It will allow us to build a model of a city and apply seven potentially new environments to evaluate the effects of sea-level rise,” said Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine Composites Center.