Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ADVSTRUC)
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The Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a state-of-the-art one-stop-shop for integrated composite materials and structural component development. It offers in-house capabilities for developing a composite product or structure from the conceptual stage through research, manufacturing of prototypes, comprehensive testing and evaluation, code approval and commercialization.
The Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s research initiatives include cutting-edge materials and structures technology development for deepwater offshore wind, civil infrastructure, boat-building, residential and light commercial construction, defense, and homeland security. The Center's 87,000 ft2 facility enables the design, manufacture, and testing of 240 foot-long structural components and full-scale prototypes of blades, towers, ship hulls, and floating foundations.
The Advanced Structures and Composites Center couples structural testing fixtures with environmental chambers to simulate structural loading in harsh marine environments and models and tests materials from the nano-scale to the full-scale to optimize structural design, durability, and cost. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s capacity for industrial cooperation has led to nearly 300 product development and testing projects over the past five years as well as leading awards for innovation in the composite materials and civil engineering fields. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center is leading the development of floating offshore wind in the United States and will deploy the first U.S. floating offshore wind turbine prototype in the Gulf of Maine in 2013.
Learn more at http://composites.umaine.edu