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 Photogrammetry
  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