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.

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

Cost: This series is complimentary and is funded by the Composites Knowledge Network

Hosted in partnership with SAMPE Canada

You can view sessions 1-10 here:

Upcoming Sessions:

Session 11: Defects (October 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am PST)

Defects in composite materials are a major concern. They typically occur during processing and often become the limiting factor of a part’s performance. In this session we will introduce and classify various types of defects, then go into more detail on common defects such as thermal issues during cure, dimensional control, porosity, and fiber misalignment. 

Session 12: Testing (November 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am PST)

Given the wide variety of constituent materials, processing methods, and configurations, testing composites is critical. This session introduces the common methods of destructive and non-destructive testing and how to navigate through the myriad options.

Past Events:

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)