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UMaine Today Magazine


Last Impression

Keenan Goslin
Keenan Goslin
 

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In February, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud were at the University of Maine's Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Center for a demonstration of a new product designed to protect American soldiers in combat.

The Modular Ballistic Protection System panels developed at UMaine fit inside tents, protecting troops from mortar fragments and other dangers. The panels feature a core of oriented strand board (OSB) encased in layers of fiberglass, covered with an outer layer of polypropylene.

Larry Parent, AEWC senior research and development program manager, and civil engineering graduate student Keenan Goslin led the UMaine team that developed the lightweight, portable systems for efficient and effective use in remote areas. The Modular Ballistic Protection System project is part of a $3.7 million contract with the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass.

The panels are now ready for pilot manufacturing and demonstration by the Army. The first 20-foot by 32-foot up-armored tent kit was shipped this spring for use in Afghanistan. The kit was requested by the Army's 10th Mountain Division, which includes members of the Maine National Guard.

 

 

 

 

 

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