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University of Maine Foundation

Strengthening Testing

Materials Testing Laboratory

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Engineers are always near the breaking point in a Boardman Hall laboratory at the University of Maine. Here, materials and components such as shear plates, concrete cylinders and wooden trusses are tested for strength using hydraulic machines that can actuate forces of up to 400,000 pounds.

The Materials Testing Laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provides hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduates taking materials courses. The facility also has been a particularly important resource in the research and development efforts of UMaine's Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center.

Thanks to the newly established Richard and Jean Higgins Materials Testing Laboratory Fund in the University of Maine Foundation, which supports the ongoing academic and research mission of the facility, the laboratory is able to maintain the highest level of standards to enhance student engineering learning experiences.





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