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    Waves distort the reflection in an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono. The university’s new wind-wave basin is capable of simulating some of the worst conditions at sea at a 1:50 scale.

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    A technician steadies a skiff at the "beach" end in an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono. The university's new 90-foot-long wind-wave basin is capable of simulating some of the worst conditions at sea at a 1:50 scale.

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    Technicians check equipment from a skiff in an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono that is part of the school's expansion of its Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The center’s director says with the new equipment, they will be able to simulate a stormy ocean to help innovators find out if their creations can withstand the sea.

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    Paddles that are part of a wave generator line one end of an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono Maine, that is part of the school's expansion of its Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

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    Habib Dagher, left, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and Anthony Viselli, manager of Offshore Model Testing and Structural Design, examine a wind machine at an indoor wave pool at the University of Maine in Orono. The wind machine can simulate hurricane conditions on a 1:50 scale.

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    Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures, discusses the school's new indoor wave pool in Orono, Maine.

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    Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures, carries a bag containing the composite material used to create the concrete-filled arched tubes behind him at a lab at the school in Orono, Maine. Dagher is the primary inventor of the award-winning composite arch bridge system known as the “Bridge-in-a-Backpack,” and the leader of the school's new wind-wave basin.

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    A scale model of a wind turbine sits on a table as Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures, discusses the university’s offshore wind project, VolturnUS.

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