Concordia Centre for Composites (CONCOM)

Concordia University, Montréal, Québec
Area(s) of Expertise

Established in 1979, CONCOM has attained world-class excellence in research, training and industrial development activities in composites. The main emphasis of CONCOM’s research, training and industrial support and development is (a) to carry out fundamental and applied research work in the manufacturing of composites (filament winding, pultruding, resin transfer moulding, compression moulding, braiding, automated composites manufacturing, fabricating of 3-D composites, maintenance and repair of composite structures, etc.), design of composite structures (development of special finite elements to handle composite laminates and development of computer-aided design techniques for composite structural designs) and evaluation and inspection of composite structures (acoustic emission, ultrasonic, thermal imaging, etc.); and (b) to develop techniques for the characterization of materials, such as measuring mechanical, physical and thermal properties, and for the development of new materials using different processing methods (work on polymer matrix, metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites).

Funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Concordia University and industrial partners, CONCOM encompasses specialized laboratories, including Composites Manufacturing Lab, Composites Testing and Characterization Lab, Automated Fiber Placement Lab, Laboratory for the Physics of Advanced Materials, Materials Processing and Characterization Lab and Thermodynamics of Materials Laboratory.

What the facility does

Research and development of low-cost, high-volume polymer matrix composite structures

Research Services

Designing of composite structures, testing of materials structures and properties, development of new materials and manufacturing techniques

Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Consumer durables
  • Education
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Composites Manufacturing Lab

Braiding machine, autoclave, burning test instrumentation, Wabash press, Radius RTM injector, automated fiber placement machine, layup table, Brabender Intelli-Torque, stamping press, rheometer/ mixer head, Exakt 3 roll miller, EasyTube 3000, Wickert thermo stamping machine, Thermal Fisher twin screw extruder

Composites Testing and Characterization Lab

MDSC TA Q200, TMA TA Q400EM, Leica Ultramicrotome UC/FC7, DSC TA Q10, TGA TA Q50, FTIR NEXUS, DEA 2970 , DMA Q800, surface profile meter, biaxial machine, MTS 100kN, MTS 250kN, MTS NanoBionix (UTM, dynamic), CSS450 optical rheology microscope, Brookfield Viscometer CAP 2000+ and DV-II+, LFA NanoFlash (thermal diffusity), Agilent high-resistance meter, ASC autoclave up to 800F/300psi, photogrammetry VIC 3D, composite tube bending machine 

Automated Fiber Placement Laboratory

Automated fiber placement machine

Laboratory for the Physics of Advanced Materials

AFM (atomic force microscope), rheometer MCR500, Haake micro-extruder, Hysitron TriboScope NanoIndenter, press, SER universal testing platform, SALS (small-angle laser-scattering system), EKSPLA SFG system, BioRyx 200 IR optical trapping system    

Materials Processing and Characterization Laboratory

Polishing, electron/optical microscopes, ovens

Thermodynamics of Materials Laboratory

DSC-TG analysis, permeability measuring machine, Philips XRD

Materials Laboratory

DSC, Rheomixer, Brabender single-screw extruder

Structures Laboratory

MTS dynamic actuators, strong reaction frame

École de technologie supérieure

McGill University

Université Laval