Engineering

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Fifth cohort of MIRTA accelerator teams wraps up work

Four faculty-led teams pursuing commercialization of research projects are ready for the next steps in that journey having completed the University of Maine’s 2022 MIRTA accelerator program. The teams presented their projects at a Demo Day event earlier this month, marking the conclusion of this year’s program. The 2022 MIRTA teams, the fifth cohort to […]

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Recharge News references UMaine-affiliated floating offshore wind project

In an article about the role floating wind turbine technology can play in growing the U.S. offshore wind sector, Recharge News referenced the floating offshore wind technology demonstration project being developed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and New England Aqua Ventus, a joint venture of Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary […]

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Second webinar on ASCC bridge girder to be held June 27

The second and final webinar in the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC) Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Bridge Girder Webinar series will be held June 27 from noon–1 p.m. To register for the webinar highlighting the future installments and next generation of the GBeam, visit the TIDC website.  GBeam technology is corrosion-resistant and designed to last over […]

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Dagher interviewed by Public News Service about offshore wind prototype

Public News Service interviewed Habib Dagher, executive director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, about UMaine’s offshore wind turbine array prototype, which successfully fed into the New England electric grid as part of a project called Aqua Ventus. “The advantages of floating is that you can put them beyond […]

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Mount Desert Islander shares UMaine nanocellulose container study

The Mount Desert Islander reported that University of Maine engineers have created a grease-proof, water-resistant container from recyclable cellulose nanocomposites that could be the next big thing in takeout technology. The containers are constructed from cellulose nanofibril and lignin-containing cellulose nanofibril wood flour composites, which producers have recently shown interest in because they are nontoxic, […]

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Civil + Structural Engineer features UMaine ASCC’s timber revolution

Civil + Structural Engineer magazine reported that the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) is positioning itself to lead a mass timber revolution. ASCC qualified two new grades of cross-laminated timber using Maine-sourced lumber, so Maine lumber can now be used in CLT building construction for buildings as high as 10 stories […]

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Composites World cites UMaine ASCC collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

In an article about low-void, large-scale, high-volume 3D printed composites, Composites World noted that Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a leader in the development of these materials, works closely with the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center on the development of cellulose nanofibrils and applications of these materials using a variety of manufacturing processes. […]

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MIRTA accelerator projects to be showcased June 14 at Foster Center for Innovation

Four faculty-led research projects being developed for commercialization will be showcased by the fifth cohort of University of Maine MIRTA accelerator teams from 5–7 p.m. June 14 at UMaine’s Foster Center for Innovation. The participating teams that will pitch their projects and provide updates on their plans for commercialization: Future Fish Tags: A tag dart […]

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PPH cites UMaine-designed floating concrete platform for offshore wind turbines

The Portland Press Herald reported that developers of a planned offshore wind energy research array, Pine Tree Offshore Wind, have asked state regulators to approve a 20-year electricity supply contract with terms they say are essential to their investing $1.2 billion in a project that could help launch a new renewable energy industry in Maine. […]

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UMaine researchers develop recyclable nanocellulose food containers

Takeout food is more popular than ever, but waste created by single-use plastic containers is environmentally harmful. University of Maine engineers have created a grease-proof, water-resistant container from recyclable cellulose nanocomposites that could be the next big thing in takeout technology. The demand for takeout, fast food and ready-made food has created an enormous plastic […]

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