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.

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

Composites Process Simulation: A Review of the State of the Art for Product Development

A fundamental concept in materials science is that process history leads to microstructure evolution, which in turn determines mechanical and functional properties. For composite components, where the material is transformed at the same time as the component is created, the local process history is a function of the whole processing system which includes material(s), part ... Read more

The Composites Knowledge in Practice Centre – an open resource for composites manufacturing knowledge and best practices

Composites are incredible materials when things go right – they enable innovative and otherwise impossible products. But manufacturing is difficult, and help is often needed to develop, optimize and troubleshoot processes.  Sometimes the help needed is direct guidance on specific best practices to deal with an immediate issue, and sometimes there is time to expand ... Read more

Non Crimped Fabric with Dr Julian Lowe of Teijin

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Composite Materials Engineering 12-Part Webinar Series

https://vimeo.com/415240845 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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

4Point0 workshop on Advanced Materials

University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia

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 ... Read more