AIM Events and Webinars

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

Introduction to the welding of thermoplastic composites

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When fabricating a composite structure, subcomponents need to be assembled. For conventional thermoset composites, this is done using adhesive bonding or mechanical fastening. In the case of thermoplastic composites, welding, also called fusion bonding, can be used as a joining method. Welding offers several advantages over the other joining methods as it is a fast ... Read more

Introduction to the processing of thermoplastic composites

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Thermoplastic composites offer several advantages over the more conventional thermoset matrix composites such as better toughness and impact resistance, unlimited shelf life, good solvent resistance, potential for low processing time and recyclability. However, thermoplastic composites also present a number of challenges like higher processing costs caused by their processing conditions. This webinar serves as an ... Read more

Virtual Coffee Break Series on Diversity and Inclusion, with Janic Lauzon

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Join us for our next Diversity & Inclusion Coffee Break, featuring Janic Lauzon, Executive Director, CDCQ, coming up on April 22, 2022, presented by CKN, SAMPE Canada, CACMSA and CREPEC. In this series of virtual coffee breaks, we discuss a variety of subjects related to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). Topics will include the importance of ... Read more

Heat Transfer in Composites Processing

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Heat transfer during composites processing is an important mechanism to understand as it greatly influences the thermal history and in turn outcome (material properties) of a composite part. It is important to understand that the temperature setting on the equipment is not necessarily the temperature that the part sees. In this webinar we will look ... Read more

Effect of cure on mechanical properties of a composite (Part 2 of 2)

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The motivation to achieve a ‘proper cure’ seems obvious/intuitive but what really happens if we don’t cure a thermoset composite properly? How does the degree of cure affect the mechanical properties of the material? How does the degree of cure affect the material’s ability to stand up to ‘hot’ conditions and/or ‘wet’ conditions? In the ... Read more

Effect of cure on mechanical properties of a composite (Part 1 of 2)

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The motivation to achieve a ‘proper cure’ seems obvious or intuitive but what really happens if we don’t cure a thermoset composite properly? How does the degree of cure affect the mechanical properties of the material? How does the degree of cure affect the material’s ability to stand up to ‘hot’ conditions and/or ‘wet’ conditions? ... Read more

Fabric Forming: how it affects design and processing, and how simulation can address this

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One unique benefit that composite materials have is the ability to be formed into complex geometries that other materials struggle with. Forming fabric into these geometries is key to producing these geometries. If the wrong fabric is used for a particular geometry and/or process it can lead to defects, such as severe fibre distortion, porosity, ... Read more

Virtual Coffee Break Series on Diversity and Inclusion

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SAMPE Canada, CKN and CACMSA are organizing a series of virtual coffee breaks to discuss a variety of subjects related to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). Topics will include the importance of D&I, mentorship, allyship, how to make your workplace more inclusive, unconscious bias, and more. Everyone is welcome to join. Our first presenter is Courtney ... Read more

Fibre Architecture: Availability, pros and cons, and selection for my application

Selecting the form of fibre, often referred to as the fibre architecture is a critical decision during the development process. Fibre architecture has a significant effect on cost, processability, defect generation, design/geometry limitations, damage tolerance, and other outcomes of a composite part. Individual fibres are grouped into bundles of thousands of fibres called tows. These ... Read more

Special Webinar: Strengthening the Canadian Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Ecosystem: What types of intellectual property matter, and to whom?

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Innovation in advanced manufacturing is essential to maintaining and growing good quality jobs in Canada, as well as ensuring domestic supply of critical products. There is great pressure to move advanced manufacturing production offshore to lower labour cost jurisdictions, in order to improve margins. An alternative way to improve margins and profitability is through product ... Read more

Understanding polyester resin processing: the effect of ambient temperature on final part cure

Controlling the curing parameters of resin, often referred to as thermal management, has a significant effect on the outcome of a thermoset polyester resin and therefore the overall performance of a composite part. Allowing polyester resin to cure under ambient conditions is the most common technique used in industry. One major drawback of this technique, ... Read more