Composites Development Center of Quebec

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

Saint-Jérôme, QC


Founded in 1989, the Centre de développement des composites du Québec  - Composite Development Centre of Quebec (CDCQ) is a College Centre for the Transfer of Technology (CCTT) that is part of Synchronex, the CCTT network. Since March 2020, the CDCQ has been a Technology Access Centre (TAC) of Canada and a member of the Tech-Access Canada network, a national network of innovation and applied research across Canada.

The CDCQ helps companies in the composite value chain with applied research, technical assistance, and information dissemination services, enabling them to improve the quality and performance of their products. For the realization of projects, the Centre benefits from a multifunctional workshop with equipment covering most industrial processes. A state-of-the-art material testing laboratory with ISO 17025 accreditation completes the service offering.

CDCQ's experts, engineers, and technicians have the skills and expertise needed to provide innovative solutions for entrepreneurs looking to improve their skills and prosper in a competitive environment here in Quebec, Canada, and around the world.

The Centre offers a range of services to exploit the full potential of new technologies, with the ultimate goal of transferring both the technology and the intellectual property to industry.

The CDCQ has access to key grants to help  finance innovative technology research projects for its clients.

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CDCQ Janic Lauzon

Janic Lauzon


CDCQ Jérémi Bussières

Jérémi Bussières
Project manager, characterization laboratory


CDCQ Yves Mathieu, ing

Yves Mathieu, ing
Project manager


CDCQ Daniel Poirier, ing

Daniel Poirier, ing
Project manager


CDCQ Marie-Claude Bélanger, ing

Marie-Claude Bélanger, ing
Project manager, quality manager


CDCQ Bendaoud Nohair, chemist

Bendaoud Nohair, chemist
Project manager


475 Rue Fournier, Saint-Jérôme, QC J7Z 4V2

Services offered in: French

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  1. Research involving materials, processes or equipment in the composites sector
  2. Composite processes development and start-up, assistance in the conversion of metal parts to composites
  3. Molding tests and prototyping
  4. Prototyping and 3D printing of molds and tools for research and development
  5. Expertise in sustainable development in composites: composite recovery, pyrolysis, recyclable thermoplastic composites, process optimization, automation and robotization.
  6. Mechanical characterization of materials or products
  7. Staff training, knowledge transfer
  8. Conference organization, promotion of the composite sector environment

Previous Research Projects:

  • CDCQ-rCF: Developmental use of recycled carbon fibers in aircraft, helicopter and train secondary structure.
  • CDCQ-Argon: Development of high performance bicycle parts in composite materials.
  • CDCQ-composite thermoplastics: Development of in situ polymerization thermoplastics with continuous long fibers reinforcements
  • CDCQ-Mawashi: Development of composite materials suitable for the manufacture of a human augmentation system.
  • CDCQ-Biorenfort: Use of cellulosic reinforcement for pultrusion of composite structures.
  • CDCQ-Valuation: Valorization of composite materials by pyrolysis process.
  • CDCQ-ACV Land transport: Life cycle analysis of train, bus and coach parts made of composite materials.
  • CDCQ-RMC: Development of an innovative preforming technology for the molding of parts in composite materials.
  • CDCQ-3D hollow parts: Development of hollow parts with 3D printing.
  • CDCQ-recycled bus parts: Development of bus parts made from recycled composite materials.
  • Development of carbon rods for lightweight wheelchairs.
  • CDCQ-compression molding pastes: Development of molding pastes for the compression production of composite structural parts.
  • CDCQ-nanofibriles: Evaluation of performance criteria for the manufacture of composite parts with robotic deposition of cellulose nanofibriles.
  • CDCQ-Dev Carbone recycled: Development of a molding material from recycled carbon fibers.
  • CDCQ-recycling waste composite production: Recycling of production scraps of composite materials and end-of-life parts.
  • CDCQ-composites: Analysis of the behavior and performance of new cellulosic reinforcements replacing fiberglass, for the manufacture of thermosetting composite parts
  • CDCQ-fiber composite laser: Laser cutting of fiber reinforced composites.
  • CDCQ-Wind turbine repair: Development of composite materials suitable for repairing wind turbines in northern environments.
  • CDCQ-Dev ultralight aircraft: Development of a new manufacturing method for the fuselage of an ultralight aircraft.
  • CDCQ-tidal turbine: Development of a composite wing for a tidal turbine with oscillating wings.
  • CDCQ-aerospace: Development of an innovative technique for the controlled generation of porosity in injected aerospace composite parts.
  • CDCQ-rehab without trench: Development of a resin and a prepreg for the rehabilitation of trenchless conduits.

Fields of projects:

  • Molding of thermosetting composites with commonly used processes (ex: infusion, RTM, RTM light and compression)
  • Molding of long-fiber thermoplastic composites
  • Recycling and recovery of composites
  • Bioreinforcement molding
  • Molding of small "net shape" parts
  • 3D printing of large-scale tools
  • Development and evaluation of molding pastes
  • Upgrading of recycled carbon fibers
  • Preforming technologies
  • Molding of hollow parts


  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Aerospace
  3. Automotive and Surface Transportation
  4. Chemicals and Plastics
  5. Construction
  6. Energy


Equipment Function
3D Printer - Stratasys Fortus 900MC Realization of large, complex shapes and undercuts, automation and optimization of tooling, reduction of tool manufacturing times, these are some of the many advantages now possible thanks to our high capacity 3D printer.
Precursor mixing / heating equipment The mixing and injection of thermoplastic precursors is now possible thanks to this equipment. These thermoplastics can therefore be molded using the same molds and the same reinforcements as traditional composite materials.
Horizontal mixer - Littleford M-5 Mixer for BMC
100t baler - Carver CMC100H-18-CLPX This press allows the shaping of thermosetting materials. It has heating and cooling trays.
Pyrolysis reactor - Pyrovac This equipment is mainly involved in the carbon fiber recycling value chain, with the aim of reuse in a new product. The reactor makes it possible to recover good quality fibers as well as a pyrolysis oil.
Rheometer - TA Instruments DHR-2 We often know the viscosity of a resin at a given temperature. But what about the rheological properties over time, as a function of the temperature or of the stresses subjected? These data will, among other things, optimize your process!
Eastman cutting table Eastman brand static cutting table that cuts, marks, pierces and punches virtually any flexible material at speeds of up to 60 inches per second (152.4 cm / s). The static table has proven to be the go-to resource for materials like cotton, nylon and vinyl as well as difficult-to-cut materials - such as polystrand, p-tex, and fiberglass-polyester blends.
Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) - TA Instruments Q800 The Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) apparatus is used to measure the mechanical properties related to temperature dynamically.
Thermography Camera - FLIR T630SC Depending on the molding processes used, it is often impossible to follow the impregnation of the reinforcements and the filling of the mold directly, to know the hot spots or to follow the crosslinking. This camera then becomes our eyes!
Convection oven - Pyradia 90-150M1 Used for baking and post-baking (heat treatment) of materials containing organic resins.
150 kN Universal Testing Machine - Instron 5900R5584 Universal testing machine for performing tensile, compression, shear, bending, looting tests, capacity 150 kN (33,750 lbf)
150 kN Universal Testing Machine - Instron 5900R5584 Universal testing machine for performing tensile, compression, shear, bending, looting tests, capacity 150 kN (33,750 lbf)
Conditioning chamber - Instron 3119-506 The conditioning chamber makes it possible to evaluate the mechanical properties of materials under non-ambient test conditions.
Impact testing machine - CEAST 9350 This machine is used for impact testing on different types of materials.
Ultra Max Simultaneous Projection Machine - Magnum Venus Product FIT-C-CMB-UPS-6 Resin and staple fiber spraying device, low pressure technology, reduced volatile organic compound emissions
Hypaject lightweight RTM injection machine - Magnum Venus Product MK1 Injection machine for light RTM applications. Allows vacuum suction, homogenization, degassing and injection.
Conditioning chamber for 250 kN - Admitted Your parts must perform in environmental conditions different from those in a laboratory. Our environmental chamber allows you to characterize your materials and constructions at temperatures between -80 and + 280 ° C. Depending on the temperature, humidity can also be controlled. Does your quote request RTD (room temperature dry) or ETW (elevated temperature wet) performance? Call us!
Patriot injection machine - Magnum Venus Product PneuJect III Auto Pump designed for the injection of polyester, vinyl ester and epoxy resins. Automated system controls injection pressure, gel time, recirculation and flushing
Two-stage vacuum pump - Busch Vacuum RTM 040-230 The vacuum pump is used with several molding processes (light RTM and infusion), also used for vacuum molding at room temperature or with oven baking, thermoforming molding and vacuum suction. air.
Two-component injection pump for RTM Epoxy and urethane - Magnum Venus Product DP-1000 Can mix two components: proportions between 1: 1 and 4: 1. Applications: spray and RTM. Mainly: mixture of polyurethanes and epoxy resin.
Pyrolysis oven - Pyradia F50HP Used for pyrolysis (combustion) of polymeric matrices of composite materials according to ASTM D2582
IR lamps Packaging and preforming of raw materials, control, curing and post curing of parts, these are some examples of the usefulness of this equipment which covers several areas of the electromagnetic spectrum.
UV Lamps - Phoseon Technology Fire Edge FE400 These lamps emit radiation at a precise wavelength, in order to control the curing of a resin by photoinitiation. Thus, a complete cure is obtained quickly while reducing the emissions of volatile organic compounds.
  • Argon 18
  • Arkema
  • BASF
  • Bauer
  • Bell Flight
  • Bombardier Aerospace
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Composites BHS
  • Compsosites VCI
  • FP Innovations
  • Groupe Volvo
  • Hutchinson aéronautique et industrie
  • Kinova Robotics
  • ProSlide Technology
  • Roski Composites
  • Sanexen
  • Soucy Baron
  • Stelia North America
  • Texonic