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The first commercially viable non-toxic fiber board

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UMaine formaldehyde-free particle board sample

This invention provides particle board or fiber board that is 100% non-toxic and 25% stronger than currently available products.  This is accomplished by replacing commonly used formaldehyde based resins with a safe, renewable nanocellulose based binder.

Benefits:

  • Reduction of health problems and related expenses ($9m – $48m per year1) caused by formaldehyde exposure
  • 25% strength increase reduces material and transportation costs
  • Nanocellulose, a renewable resource, replaces binders generally synthesized from non-renewable resources

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Composite Panels for Blast and Ballistic Protection

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The Modular Ballistic Protection System (MBPS) provides soldiers with enhanced ballistic protection where it never existed before – in their tents where they work, eat, and sleep.  The system consists of composite ballistic panels that are mounted to the inside of the tent frame using an energy-absorbing connection system.  Requiring no tools, the MBPS can be used to up-armor a 20ft x 32ft tent in less than 30 minutes with 4 soldiers.

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US Patent 7,68,5921

Environmentally Friendly Adhesive Bonding for Composites, Pollutant Remediation, and Dye Decolorization

PROBLEM: Environmentally friendly methods are needed to bond wood products and other composites without formaldehyde. Organic pollutants and dyes from textile and paper plants in industrial wastestreams need remediation.

SOLUTION: Using the chemically enhanced Fenton system, dyes can be remediated quickly in an environmentally safe manner. Natural lignin from wood residues can be activated to produce an formaldehyde-free adhesive system and organic pollutants in waters or soils can be broken down.

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New Composites Made from up to 60% Inexpensive, Raw Plant Material

PROBLEM: Composite manufacturers need ways to improve extruded thermoplastics using inexpensive, environmentally friendly ingredients and without slowing process time.

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Low Maintainance Sheet Piling Reduces Life Cycle Costs of Retaining Walls

PROBLEM: Commonly available sheet piling used for retaining walls corrodes, increasing maintenance costs and reducing the useful life of the construction. These problems are heightened in a marine environment.

SOLUTION: Our patented wood composite sheet piling system does not corrode, which reduces overall life cycle costs.  Additionally it is chemically inert and 100% recyclable.

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COMpris: A New Method to Manufacture Stronger and Thicker Composites

A solution for simplifying manufacturing of utility-scale wind turbine blades?

PROBLEM: Manufacturers of large composite components such as boats or wind blades are currently limited to using non-recyclable materials and labor intensive manufacturing processes.

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38% Stronger Reinforced Glulam Construction Beams

PROBLEM: Builders prefer reinforced glulam beams for applications benefiting from thier beauty or shape versatility.  But glulam beams have a tendency to weaken (delaminate, or peel) on the ends when the center of the beam is bent or stressed.

SOLUTION: UMaine offers reinforced glulam beams that withstand end delamination under 38% more bending stress compared to other reinforced beams, and 95% more stress compared to non-reinforced beams.

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