Concordia Centre for Composites (CONCOM)

Concordia University, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

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

Areas of expertise

Established in 1979, the Concordia Centre for Composites (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 3D 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).

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.

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
Specialized LabEquipmentFunction
Composites Manufacturing LabAutoclave 
 Burning test instrumentation 
 Wabash press 
 Radius resin transfer moulding (RTM) injector 
 Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine 
 Layup table 
 Brabender Intelli-Torque 
 Stamping press 
 Rheometer/mixer head 
 EXAKT Three Roll Mill 
 EasyTube 3000 
 Wickert thermo stamping machine 
 Thermo Fisher twin screw extruder 
Composites Testing and Characterization LabTA Q200 Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimeter (MDSC) 
 TA Q400EM Thermomechanical Analyzer (TMA) 
 Leica UC/FC7 Ultramicrotome 
 TA Q10 Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) 
 TA Q50 Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) 
 NEXUS Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometer 
 DEA 2970 Dielectric Analyzer 
 DMA Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer 
 Surface profile meter 
 Biaxial testing machine 
 MTS 100kN 
 MTS 250kN 
 MTS NanoBionixUTM, dynamic
 CSS450 Optical Rheology Microscope 
 Brookfield CAP 2000 Viscometer 
 Brookfield DV-II+ Viscometer 
 LFA NanoFlash Light Flash SystemThermal diffusity
 Agilent High-Resistance Meter 
 ASC AutoclaveUp to 800F/300psi
 VIC-3D Measurement SystemPhotogrammetry
 Composite tube bending machine for pure bending 
 Composite bending machine foe tube under three-point and four-point bending 
Automated Fiber Placement LaboratoryAutomated Fiber Placement (AFP) Machine 
Laboratory for the Physics of Advanced MaterialsAtomic Force Microscope (AFM) 
 MCR-500 Rheometer 
 HAAKE micro-extruder 
 Hysitron TriboScope NanoIndenter 
 SER (Sentmanat Extension Rheometer) Universal Testing Platform 
 Small-Angle Light Scattering (SALS) system 
 EKSPLA Sum-Frequency Generation (SFG) system 
 BioRyx 200 Infrared (IR) Optical Trapping System 
Materials Processing and Characterization LaboratoryPolishing machines 
 Electron/optical microscopes 
Thermodynamics of Materials LaboratoryDifferential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)-Thermogravimetric Analysis equipmentDSC-TG analysis
 Permeability Measuring Machine 
 Philips X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Analyzer 
Materials LaboratoryDifferential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) equipment 
 Brabender Single Screw Extruder 
Structures LaboratoryMTS Dynamic Actuators 
 Strong reaction frame 
  • École de technologie supérieure
  • McGill University
  • Université Laval
  • Bauer Ltd.
  • MDA Corporation