Advanced Materials for Infrastructure and Energy

Transportation Center, rapidly deployable bridge system celebrated

Plans for the highly competitive $14.2 million, five-year grant recently awarded to the University of Maine to establish a University Transportation Center were the focus of a media event Aug. 8, led by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt and Advanced Structures and Composites Center Executive […]

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Media report on celebration of DOT grant for Composites Center

The Bangor Daily News, News Center Maine, WABI (Channel 5), WVII (Channel 7), Mainebiz and Construction Dive reported on the Aug. 8 testing of a bridge and celebration of a $14.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve transportation in Maine at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. UMaine is leading […]

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Advanced Infrastructure Bridge Testing

Innovative bridge system exceeds expectations during testing

The University of Maine unveiled an innovative, rapidly deployable bridge system Thursday, July 12 at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Engineers, Maine Department of Transportation officials, business leaders, investors, researchers, staff and representatives from Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (UMaine’s licensee for the original “Bridge-in-a-Backpack”) attended the event, at which a composite bridge girder was strength-tested […]

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Transportation infrastructure

UMaine wins $14.2M DOT award to form Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has selected the University of Maine to lead the creation of a highly competitive University Transportation Center (UTC) called the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC). TIDC aims to save taxpayer dollars by extending the life of transportation assets, including bridges, roads and rail. The DOT will provide as […]

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Nanocellulose materials

Tajvidi awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation CNF floor, wall products

Mehdi Tajvidi knows that big things can come in small packages. He works with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) — the natural structural building units of wood that are 1/100,000th the width of a human hair. The University of Maine assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials describes CNF as magical. The renewable biodegradable material has superior properties, he […]

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UMaine designated one of eight DOE combined heat and power centers

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the University of Maine to lead one of eight regional partnerships dedicated to the promotion, technical support and deployment of cost-effective and highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technologies throughout the nation. UMaine, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire and Watson Strategy Group, will oversee […]

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Forestry experts gather Oct. 3–5 at UMaine

The University of Maine School of Forest Resources, in conjunction with the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, will host meetings of two ASTM International committees and the Wood I-Joist Manufacturers Association (WIJMA) Oct. 3–5. Stephen Shaler, director of the School of Forest Resources and associate director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, says welcoming […]

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