AIM Events

AIM events provide an opportunity for SMEs and industry members to network with and learn from the foremost experts in the composites field.

These events include seminars, training workshops and impact workshops and will be held across Canada.

Upcoming Events:

Non Crimped Fabric with Dr Julian Lowe of Teijin

Date: April 13, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM ET
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Non Crimped Fabrics (NCF) can produce opportunities for improved lightweight structures. Dr Lowe has worked for Teijin Carbon for 26 years, as development engineer, qualification engineer, Aerospace Group Manager and for the last year as Business Development Manager. He has been involved in the development and qualification of  NCF materials for Airbus structures including work on the wings of the A220.

More recently with the expansion of Teijin’s own NCF capabilities,  Dr. Lowe has managed the qualification of Airbus A320 spoilers and A350 doorframe materials.   He has led the Teijin textile development activities for Airbus Wing of Tomorrow R&D project for the past 5 years.

Past Events:

Deconstructing composites processing: Why it seems so complex and how to think about it in a structured way.

Composite materials come in many different forms, shapes, and sizes. While this allows for flexibility in tailoring the design, it also results in many different possibilities for manufacturing, which can seem complicated and daunting. However, despite there being numerous choices for manufacturers, the complexities often associated with composite material processing can be deconvoluted and approached in a structured way.

In this webinar, we will lay out a structured approach to composite material manufacturing; from thinking about how material flows through a factory to breaking out process steps into their material, shape, tooling, and equipment parameters. This method of thinking is central to the framework for the Knowledge in Practice Centre (KPC) – one of the core pillars of CKN.

To watch the webinar, click here

Parameters for Structural Analysis of Composites

Structural analysis of composites requires material properties such as elastic and strength values. Physical testing, handbook/database values, micromechanics, and classical lamination theory are all sources of these properties; but when are they valid and what are their advantages, disadvantages, hidden challenges and quirks? When you need nine unique values just to define the elastic response of a composite in three dimensions – not to mention failure parameters – the feat of acquiring these values can considerably affect your schedule, cost, and stress levels (pun intended).

In this virtual application + impact mobilization (AIM) event, we provide an overview of these sources of material properties and provide a comparison between them so that you can decide what is most appropriate for your project and how to begin.

To watch the webinar, click here

Costing Composite Parts

Accurately estimating the cost of manufacturing a composite part is essential to the success of small, medium and large businesses alike; but where should you begin? Many factors such as material and consumable prices, labour cost, purchase and maintenance of equipment and tooling, energy cost, development cost, overhead cost as well as production run numbers and rates can affect the total cost of a part. Many of these factors also involve a certain amount of uncertainty.

In this virtual application + impact mobilization (AIM) event we outline the key aspects of costing composite parts and draw your attention to aspects of costing that perhaps you haven’t considered before.

To watch the webinar, click here

Composite Materials Engineering 12-Part Webinar Series

In a time of uncertainty for the Canadian Composites Manufacturing industry, one thing is certain: knowledgeable and experienced engineers will be needed to facilitate regrowth of the industry. To support this, the CKN, in partnership with SAMPE Canada, is hosting a 12-part webinar series on composite materials engineering.

This series is intended for junior to senior engineers that are looking to obtain a solid background in the fundamentals of composites to help make both engineering and business decisions. After completing this series, participants will have the skills to identity suitable applications for composites, select materials and processes, estimate composite mechanical properties, and identify appropriate testing procedures. 

The topics will cover a wide range of aspects of polymer matrix composites from both a processing and analysis perspective. It will start with a general introduction to composite materials, then discussion of constituent materials like fiber and resin, before going into thermal management of manufacturing processes (curing a resin). With that knowledge established, various processing methods will be discussed, with a deeper look into prepreg processing and liquid composite moulding (ie. vacuum infusion, resin transfer moulding, etc.). After that, the focus will be on the mechanics of composites. What is happening on the lamina and laminate levels, and eventually failure of composites will be covered. The last two sessions will tie the processing sessions and mechanics sessions together with a discussion of testing.

Instructor: Casey Keulen, PhD, PEng, Instructor of Materials Engineering at the University of British Columbia

Hosted in partnership with SAMPE Canada

You can view sessions 1-12 here:

October Satellite Session: Next Generation Automation for Aerospace Composites

This series of monthly online webinars produced by the SME Technical Community and AeroDef Manufacturing cover a variety of aerospace manufacturing topics. Our Director, Dr. Anoush Poursartip, was on the panel for the October 2020 session.

Automation of composites is going to be a major component to enable the next generation. This panel explored the possibilities in automation that can provide solutions to the aerospace industrial base.

To view the session, click here.

Global Composites Experts Webinar Series

Purdue Composites Design & Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB) hosted a series of webinars presented by global composites experts. Dr. Anoush Poursartip, Director of the Composites Research Network and Composites Knowledge Network, delivered the inaugural webinar on September 3, 2020. He spoke about the Digital Disruption of Composites Manufacturing and Design. 

These webinars examined the history, present capabilities, and future of composites science and technology, with the goal of sharing the vast knowledge of composites that has been developed over the past 50 years.

To view Dr. Poursartip’s session, click here!

4Point0 workshop on Advanced Materials 

October 22, 2019 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC

The first Advanced Materials Innovation workshop, jointly hosted by the Composites Knowledge Network (CKN) and 4POINT0 organization, was held in Vancouver at UBC on October 22nd, 2019. This event brought together participants from academia, industry and government to discuss significant challenges facing composites and advanced manufacturing SMEs based in Canada. Attendees discussed how to improve and accelerate a sustainable innovative ecosystem within the manufacturing sector to foster stronger economic development.

Panelists included: Carolyn Watters (NRC-Canada), Peter Warrian (Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto), Nancy Gallini (Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia), Janic Lauzon (Composite Development Centre of Quebec), John Davies (Physical Science Innovations), Douglas Kelly (The Boeing Company)