Advanced Structures and Composites Center

The UMaine Composites Center is a world-leading center for research, education, and economic development encompassing the material science, manufacturing and engineering of composites and structures. An 100,000 ft2, ISO 17025 testing facility, it evaluates nano- to full-scale materials and structures.

35 Flagstaff Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 US

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As Seen In CompositesWorld

Society of Plastics Engineers

Society of Plastics Engineers ACCE 2017 preview
The Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE, Bethel, CT, US) long-running Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) continues to draw a global crowd.

The markets: Renewable energy (2015)
Wind energy continues to dominate in this segment and remains, far and away, the world’s largest market for glass-fiber-reinforced composites.

SPE ACCE report
Automotive composites still on the horizon — are they getting closer?

SPE’s ACCE 2014 preview
Automotive composites a hot topic in the Motor City.

GFRP enables first grid-connected U.S. floating wind turbine
Composite tower on 1:8-scale system reduces hull size/weight and helps mitigate the overall cost of electric power generation.

Towerless turbine: Airborne system powers rural locales
Wind energy start-up Altaeros Energies' (Boston, Mass.) Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) proof-of-concept prototype reportedly can harvest the more consistent winds at higher altitudes because its elevation is not limited by the need for a tower.

Fair winds for offshore wind farms
Innovations in blades, turbines and foundations are helping spur growth in a very big way.

WTTC opens upsized wind blade test facility
The Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC, Boston, Mass.) opened its $35 million+ wind blade testing facility on May 18, 2011, the only lab in the U.S. that can test blades up to 90m/295-ft long.

UMaine’s Offshore Wind lab sports 70m/230-ft testing … and more
The Offshore Wind Laboratory’s new wind turbine blade test lab, part of a 38,700-ft² (3,595m²) expansion of the University of Maine’s (UMaine) AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center (Orono, Maine), was first announced in February 2009.

Tough resins for aggressive environments
New thermoset systems drive composites deeper into markets where fire, corrosion, stress and fatigue are ever-present threats.

Training surge: Too little, too late?
Hands-on programs are aimed at younger students by educators hoping to prevent shortages of composites technicians and engineers.

Blades? Yes! Towers ... maybe
Although steel dominates the utility-scale wind turbine tower market, height increases, on- and offshore, are shifting the wind toward composites.

Composites 2010 Product Showcase
The ACMA’s Las Vegas exhibition reflected an industry in recovery.

Step 5 - ready for cure

New infusion regime for superthick laminates
 Innovative initiator chemistry yields long flow time, cure on demand and exotherm control for large, thick parts.

Jeff Sloan mug shot

The cost equation
Keynote speakers at CompositesWorld Expo 2009 delivered news both sobering and encouraging to those who are trying to predict what the future holds for composites in the postrecession manufacturing economy.

AZEK decking w/insert

Raising the bar on WPC durability
Wood plastic composites weather the recession and questions about their weatherability.

X-FLEX chart

Antiballistics: Composites in the cross hairs
An increasing quantity and variety of fiber/polymer solutions are stopping bullets and blast debris in armored ground vehicles and stationary structures.

Stephen Nolet mug shot

A convergence of market outlooks
At the recent CompositesWorld Expo, held Oct. 28-30 in Schaumburg, Ill.

Ken Salazar at Windpower 2009

Windpower 2009 highlights
 The show confirmed wind energy’s status as a recession-proof market for composites, but blade manufacturers were put on notice about the need to automate.

Inflatable arches for brigde

The markets: Civil infrastructure (2011)
Despite demonstrable lifecycle-cost advantages, composites continue to meet resistance from civil engineers faced with first-cost restrictions.  In 2009, a promising new strategy that combines composites and conventional materials offered an affordable alternative.

The Dome Home from Domes International

Standing Up to Natural Disasters
Composites are answering the call for residential and commercial structures that can weather future "perfect storms."

Product Categories of Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • Education/Training
  • Consulting
    • Consulting, materials
    • Consulting, process development
    • Consulting, structual design
  • Testing
    • Testing, materials
    • Testing, product
    • Testing, structural