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Carbon, Innit?


Carbon, Innit?

Sure this isn’t about sailing, but it is a damned innovative use for our favorite black material.  A group of investors have joined with the The University of Maine-based Advanced Engineered Wood Composite Center to develop a new way to build bridges, using collapsible, inflatable carbon-fiber arches that they inflate and infuse with resin before putting them in place to support structures.  The technology allows significantly faster and stronger bridge building, and could spill into other arenas fairly quickly.  This is the kind of creative technology that we need to see right now if we are ever to get ourselves out of the economic mess we’re in.  Next stop, cold fusion.  Okay, maybe not.

The UM institute has quite a bit going on – check out their comprehensive paper on wind power, and their work on a new Navy SEAL patrol boat.