Development of Wood Plastic Composites for Coast Guard

jonesport_pier_3for_web.jpgThe U.S. Coast Guard maintains a large inventory of wood pier and other waterfront structures.  Many of these structures are over 50 years old and have significant needs for replacement and repair of structural elements.  Construction backlog in the northeast is estimated at $120 million.   




The Advanced Structures and Composites Center has worked with the Coast Guard to develop new materials which are: owls_head_stairs.jpg

  • decay-resistant and pest-resistant;

  • able to be used with existing wood working equipment and with minimal retraining of construction personnel;

  • low in maintenance costs,

  • equal or superior in structural performance to existing systems.

Photos:Jonesport Pier; WPC stairway, Owls Head, ME



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