The Knowledge in Practice Centre

The KPC is an integrated one-stop learning resource for science-based composites manufacturing and design best practices. 

The KPC will provide the manufacturing industry with access to resources that will take them through the process of learning a foundational knowledge about composites. This includes developing an understanding of the systems that need to be in place to manufacture with them and best practices for different types of manufacturing for different applications. The KPC offers something exceptional to SMEs; direct access to the latest composites knowledge and best practices with the goal of supporting their success. 

With a focus on benefitting small businesses, their employees and the communities they serve, the Composites Knowledge Network is launching the Knowledge in Practice Centre this fall.

This knowledge will be accessible to all CKN members.

The Building Blocks of the KPC

The Knowledge in Practice Centre will house resources for all levels of the composites industry – from people learning about composites to experienced manufacturers looking to update their processes and methods.
Introduction: This area will provide an introduction to composites including the background of composites and understanding the link between designing and manufacturing with composites. 
Open Literature: Sources will be provided for academic journals and theses, textbooks, standards, trade magazines and technical manuals about composite materials. 
Foundational Knowledge: This area will have information about the fundamentals and underlying science of manufacturing and designing with composites.
Systems Knowledge and Catalogue: Practically looking at the systems required for manufacturing with composites, this area will have a systems-level description of equipment, tools, parts and materials, how these interact to achieve desired outcomes and how to manage, optimize and control the system.
Practice: Putting the knowledge into practice, this area will house science-based recommendations and guidance to support decision-making processes for new product development, building up composite factory capabilities and optimizing or troubleshooting existing composite factories.
Case Studies, Perspectives and Industrial Documents: This section will house real-life case studies, historical perspectives on composites research and manufacturing and CKN proprietary documents, such as process specifications and work procedures.