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 Lab



Composites Manufacturing Lab




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 Lab

TA 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 NanoBionix

UTM, dynamic


CSS450 Optical Rheology Microscope



Brookfield CAP 2000 Viscometer



Brookfield DV-II+ Viscometer



LFA NanoFlash Light Flash System

Thermal diffusity


Agilent High-Resistance Meter



ASC Autoclave

Up to 800F/300psi


VIC-3D Measurement System



Composite tube bending machine for pure bending



Composite bending machine foe tube under three-point and four-point bending


Automated Fiber Placement Laboratory

Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) Machine


Laboratory for the Physics of Advanced Materials

Atomic 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 Laboratory

Polishing machines



Electron/optical microscopes





Thermodynamics of Materials Laboratory

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)-Thermogravimetric Analysis equipment

DSC-TG analysis


Permeability Measuring Machine



Philips X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Analyzer


Materials Laboratory

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) equipment






Brabender Single Screw Extruder


Structures Laboratory

MTS Dynamic Actuators



Strong reaction frame


  • École de technologie supérieure
  • McGill University
  • Université Laval
  • Bauer Ltd.
  • MDA Corporation