Coalia
(Coalia)

Cégep de Thetford

Thetford Mines, QC

ABOUT Coalia

COALIA's mission is to contribute to the development of innovative materials, products and processes in the mineral technology and plastics sectors.

COALIA contributes to the economic development of Quebec and Canada through applied research, technical assistance, training and information activities. COALIA works on the development of technological solutions, their transfer and implementation in a context of sustainable and responsible development.

COALIA is at the heart of the innovation ecosystem as a unique expert center in two distinct and complementary fields of expertise: plastics and mineral technologies. In each of these fields of expertise, COALIA is active in the development of materials, process optimization and the development of new value-added products.

COALIA serves companies and organizations that require technical services, applied research and development services, prototyping or feasibility analysis services, as well as consulting and coaching services, etc.

COALIA collaborates with many research partners (public research centers, university or college research centers, CCTTs and CATs, professional associations and sectoral groups, etc.) to carry out research projects for the greatest benefit of businesses.

Thanks to its high-level expertise and state-of-the-art infrastructures, COALIA is recognized as a center of scientific and technical expertise that cannot be ignored.

  • in characterization and transformation/implementation of thermoplastic polymer and elastomer materials (plastics processing)
  • in characterization and treatment of mineral substances (extractive metallurgy and mineralurgy)
  • in the characterization and development of advanced materials (nanomaterials, hybrid materials, high value-added materials, etc.).
  • Development of innovative processes such as 3D printing of engineering plastics, production of micro and nano mineral particles, development of bioplastics, recycling and product recovery, etc.
  • as a key partner in the development of technological solutions and as a reference in terms of transfer with a view to their commercialization, in its two fields of activity.


Contact Coalia

Coalia Annie Rochette

Annie Rochette
Executive Director

+1-418-338-6410x307

arochette@coalia.ca


Coalia Caroline Chouinard

Caroline Chouinard
Director of Research - Mineral Sector

+1-418-338-6410x103

cchouinard@coalia.ca


Coalia Valérye Desbiens

Valérye Desbiens
Director of Operations - Mineral Sector

N/A

N/A


Coalia Katline Guay

Katline Guay
Acting Coordinator - Mineral Sector

+1-418-338-6410x180

kguay@coali.ca


Coalia Pascal Vuillaume

Pascal Vuillaume
Research Director - Plastics Sector

+1-418-338-6410x133

pvuillaume@coalia.ca


Coalia Éric Leclair

Éric Leclair
Director of Operations - Plastics Sector

+1-418-338-6410x 324

eleclair@coalia.ca


Coalia Philippe Bébin

Philippe Bébin
Director and Chair in Advanced Materials

+1-418-338-6410x355

pbebin@coalia.ca


Coalia Kaven Gouin

Kaven Gouin
Accounting manager

+1-418-338-6410x622

kgouin@coalia.ca


Coalia Mary Maxwell

Mary Maxwell
Executive Assistant

+1-418-338-6410x636

mmaxwell@coalia.ca



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RESEARCH AND INNOVATION EXPERTISE

EXPERTISE

  1. Expertise for Mineral Technology Sector
  2. Geometallurgy
  3. Geoscience data mapping and processing
  4. Petrography
  5. Mineralogy
  6. Comminution
  7. Mineralurgical processes
  8. Purification of ores
  9. Hydrometallurgy
  10. Process optimization and simulation
  11. Valorization of by-products
  12. Expertise for Plastics Sector
  13. Development of new thermoplastic polymer formulations
  14. Optimization of plastic transformation processes
  15. Development of eco-responsible resins from biosourced, biodegradable or recycled polymers
  16. Use of eco-friendly processes (reactive extrusion)
  17. Valorization of recycled plastics
  18. Development of functional polymer materials
  19. Preparation of innovative fillers for the functionalization or reinforcement of thermoplastic resins
  20. Development of polymer materials for additive manufacturing (thermoplastic composites and nanocomposites, photosensitive resins, polymer binders, etc.).

Previous Research Projects:

  • Mineral Technology Projects
  • Procédés de fabrication additive avancés pour les futures applications d’appareils à décollage vertical
  • Création de stratégies démonstratrices de conception et de fabrication hybrides pour l’outillage – Axe polymères thermoplastiques
  • Processing of recycled nylon powders for additive manufacture
  • Development of filaments based on high-performance and fiber-reinforced thermoplastics for 3D printing of parts used in the fields of transportation and high-temperature composite tooling.
  • Development of biorenewable polymers for the plastics and composites industry
  • Development of a new agricultural mulch: Phase 2 - optimization, performance validation and industrial transfer
  • Development of a biosourced formulation for the coating of cardboard paper
  • Development of environmentally friendly thermoplastic composites for the automotive industry from cellulose filaments
  • Development of a marine cellulose-biopolymer material by surface treatment techniques for cellulosic products
  • Study of the durability and mechanical performance of HDPE-based hybrid materials: Application to the valorization of recycled polymers used in water pipes
  • Use of innovative technical fillers in polymers
  • Recovery of sugar bush tubing and accessories
  • Plastics Sector Projects
  • Promotion de la géométallurgie comme outil de développement des projets miniers
  • Technologies innovantes pour l’industrie extractive dans une perspective géométallurgique : valorisation de l’ilménite, de l’apatite et de la magnétite d’une propriété minière; développement de produits à valeur ajoutée d’un gisement de calcaire; valorisation de sous-produits d’un procédé de production d’hydroxyde de lithium; valorisation des résidus de l’exploitation d’un gisement de graphite
  • Geallurgical approach applied to the purification of quartzite ore
  • Enrichment of a spodumene concentrate by unconventional gravimetric separation technologies
  • Development of an extractive magnesium bioleaching technology
  • Development of a new process for the production of technical granules from recycled glass
  • Production of glass from an industrial by-product of aluminosilicates

Fields of projects:

  • Plastics processing (transformation and implementation of plastics)
  • Mineralurgy (processing of mineral substances and ore treatment)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Product Development
  • Environment and responsible use of resources
  • Additive manufacturing

TECHNOLOGY SECTORS

  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Chemicals and Plastics
  3. Clean Technology
  4. Construction
  5. Environmental Technology
  6. Mining
  7. Natural Resources

EQUIPMENT AND LABS

Equipment
MINERAL TECHNOLOGY
Comminution
ATTRACTOR - Union Process
BALL MILL - TITAN
60KG BALL CRUSHER
BALL MILL - Patterson
JAW CRUSHER - Denver (Type H)
HORIZONTAL HAMMER CRUSHER - Industries Fournier (LF: 223-87)
VERTICAL HAMMER CRUSHER - Prater Mills (G5HESI)
GIRATORY CRUSHER
ROLLER CRUSHER
MULTI-PROCESSING MICRONIZER - 3 PROCESSES - Hosokawa Alpine
LABORATORY DISC SPRAYER - Bico (P000)
PLANETARY BALL MILL - Retsch (PM 400)
Characterization - minerals and aggregates
ATTRACTOR - Union Process
BALL MILL - TITAN
60KG BALL CRUSHER
BALL MILL - Patterson
JAW CRUSHER - Denver (Type H)
HORIZONTAL HAMMER CRUSHER - Industries Fournier (LF: 223-87)
VERTICAL HAMMER CRUSHER - Prater Mills (G5HESI)
GIRATORY CRUSHER
ROLLER CRUSHER
MULTI-PROCESSING MICRONIZER - 3 PROCESSES - Hosokawa Alpine
LABORATORY DISC SPRAYER - Bico (P000)
PLANETARY BALL MILL - Retsch (PM 400)
Granulotmetry
NANOPHOX dynamic light scattering particle size analyzer
ZETA APS acoustic and electroacoustic spectrometer
MICROTRAC particle size analyzer
MICROMERITICS sedigraph
QICPIC dynamic image analyzer
ROTAP vibrating screen
SWECO vibrating screen
FRITSCH vibrating screen
GILSON vibrating screen
Preparation of thin sections and polished sections
Labotom-5
Accutom-100
LaboForce-100 / LaboPol-30
CitoVac
Mineralurgy
FLOTATION AND SEPARATION
FLOTATION CELL - Denver
FLOTATION CELL 10KG - Quinn Process Equipment
LABORATORY FLOTATION CELL - Metso (L3409)
SERIAL FLOTATION CELLS - Denver
FLOTATION CELLS IN SERIES - Quinn Process Equipment
FLOTATION COLUMN - Canadian Process Technologies
FALCON CONCENTRATOR - Falcon (model L40)
48" THICKNESS - Denver
KELSEY JIG - Downer EDI Mining (K114-102)
CROSS FLOW SEPARATOR - Eriez
ELECTROSTATIC SEPARATOR - Eriez Magnetic (ES-14-01S)
KNELSON SEPARATOR - Knelson (KCDMD3)
HIGH INTENSITY MAGNETIC SEPARATOR - Stearns (SV305-MS2010-12)
HIGH INTENSITY MAGNETIC SEPARATOR - Eriez (CF-5-MM Whims)
HIGH INTENSITY MAGNETIC SEPARATOR - Outotec (WHIMS 3X4L)
MAGNETIC SEPARATOR - Permroll (Oresorters)
LOW INTENSITY MAGNETIC SEPARATOR - Eriez (LWD)
SPIRAL HUMPHREY - Gravimetric separation (G & Cm 2 turns 1/2)
SUPERPANNER - Salter Cyclones (SCLMS)
WET SHAKING TABLE - Gravimetric separation (Wilfley table)
HEAT TREATMENT
AUTOCLAVE - Arcon Electric Welding Co. (5M92M)
HIGH TEMPERATURE OVEN (1200 0C)
CONDITIONING CHAMBER - Scientific precision (PS 21)
HIGH TEMPERATURE OVEN - Pyradia (B7P182310 SVC)
SAMPLE DRYING OVEN - Precision Quincy
AGGLOMERATION OF MINERALS / MATERIALS
FLUIDIZED BED - Applied Chemical Technology
24 '' DISC BALL MOUNT - Dravo (W-3749-3)
ACCESSORIES
CONDITIONER
MULTI-STAGE CONDITIONER FOR PULPS
ROTARY SAMPLE DIVIDER - GENEQ (040J-001)
PRESS FSU - Pasadena Hydraulics Inc. (PW-22X)
ASBESTOS EXPERTISE
BAUER-McNETT FIBER CLASSIFIER - Process Equipment
FIBER CONDITIONER
PILOT FACTORY
FLOTATION CELL WITH CONDITIONER
FLOTATION CELL
CONTINUOUS BALL CRUSHER
CONTROL PANEL
PLASTURGY SECTOR
Characterization of plastics
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
ABRASIMETER Taber (Rotary Abraser Model 5135)
SURFACE & POROSITY MEASURING DEVICE (BET) Micromeritics (Gemini VII - Model 2390t)
Dynisco (D4002) FLUIDITY INDEX MEASURING DEVICE
Mettler Toledo HUMIDITY METER (HR83-P)
Koehler VISCOSIMETRIC BATH (KV3000)
ROCKWELL DUROMETER (model HR-150A)
DUROMETER SHORE A & D Rex Gauge Durometers (OS-1)
Mocon WATER VAPOR PERMEAMETER (Permatran-W3 / 33 MG Plus)
OXYGEN PERMEAMETER (Mocon (Ox-tran 2/21 ML)
AUTOMATED HELIUM PYCNOMETER (Micromeritics (Accupyc II 1340)
BYK PENCIL HARDNESS TEST (PH-5800)
GARDNER IMPACT TEST
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
CARBON SULFUR ANALYZER Leco (CS230SH)
PH METER & SPECIFIC ELECTRODES Oakton
THERMAL PROPERTIES
Mettler Toledo THERMOGRAVIMETRIC ANALYSIS (TGA) (TGA / SDTA851e)
DIFFERENTIAL SCAN CALORIMETER (DSC) and MODULATED SCAN CALORIMETER (MDSC) TA Instruments (DSC Q2000) TA Instruments (DTC-300)
THERMOMECHANICAL PROPERTIES
DYNAMIC MECHANICAL ANALYZER (DMA) TA Instruments (DMA Q800)
THERMOMECHANICAL ANALYSIS (TMA) TA Instruments (TMA Q400)
THERMOMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (TFC AND VICAT POINT) Instron (CEAST HV3)
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
DROP TEST Instron (CEAST 9340) TO IMPACT IZOD-CHARPY Instron (CEAST 9050)
TRACTION DEVICE WITH VIDEO-EXTENSOMETER Zwick (Roell Z030)
SPECTROSCOPIC AND MICROSCOPIC ANALYZES
Konica Minolta CHROMAMETER (CR-400)
VARIABLE PRESSURE SCANNING ELECTRONIC MICROSCOPE & DISPERSIVE ENERGY SPECTROMETER (VP MEB - EDS) Hitachi (SU1510) & Bruker (Quantax)
BYK Gardner PORTABLE SPECTROCOLORIMETER (spectro-guide 45/0 gloss)
Varian ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROMETER (AAS) (SpectrAA 220FS)
FT-IR SPECTROMETER Perkin Elmer (Spectrum 100)
WAVELENGTH DISPERSIVE X-RAY FLUORESCENCE SPECTROMETER (WDXRF) Bruker (S8 Tiger)
RAMAN SPECTROMETER - OPTICAL MICROSCOPE Bruker (Senterra) & Olympus (BX51)
UV-VISIBLE SPECTROMETER (Cary 100)
XRF PORTABLE X5000 Innov-X
ACCELERATED AGING
UV Atlas AGING CHAMBER (UV Test)
XENON Atlas AGING CHAMBER (Suntest XLS +)
HEAT TREATMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMBER Espec (BTX-475)
Nabertherm HIGH TEMPERATURE OVEN (LHT 08-17)
Nabertherm HIGH TEMPERATURE OVEN (LHT 08-17)
RHEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
Thermo Scientific RHEOMETER (Haake Mars)
Brookfield VISCOSIMETER (Model DV-II)
Additive manufacturing - printers, scanners and peripherals
Aon M2 Printer
Stratasys Dimension SST 1200 Printer
Ultimaker S3 Printer
Prusa i3 MK3S Printer
EnvisionTec Envision One Mechanical Printer
FormLab Form 3 Printer
Prodways ProMaker P1000 Printer
Creaform Handyscan 3D scanner
Form 3 printer cleaning station
Ultra-violet (UV) oven for Form 3 printer
EnvisionOne printer cleaning station
UV Cure for EnvisionOne Printer
Plastics processing
WATER BATH - CWT (6-4 CDS)
AUTOMATIC WINDING MACHINE CAW1 CDS
ULTRA-CENTRIC SHREDDER - Retsch ZM 200
3 ROLLER HORIZONTAL GRILL - Davis STD AW 553
VERTICAL CALENDER 3 ROLLS - CDS CCS3
TWIN-SCREW EXTRUDER - Coperion Corporation
MONOVIS LABORATORY EXTRUDER
CW Brabender
SNOW BLOWER EXTRUDER - Kautex (KEB 3)
GRANULATOR - Cumberland (6508)
GRANULATOR - BT25
PIPE AND PROFILE EXTRUSION LINE Deltaplast (Delta Series) and Amut
INTERNAL MIXER & TWIN-SCREW EXTRUDER CW Brabender
POWDER AND PELLET MIXER - A&M Process Equipment
ELECTRIC INJECTION PRESS - Arburg (Allrounder 370A)
AUTOMATIC HYDRAULIC PRESS - Carver (Series NE)
SPRAYER - Orenda Automation Technologie Inc. - LAB
DESICANT DRYER - Conair (CH14-2)
THERMOFORMER - Industrial active (Thermoform)
BELT PULLER - CDS (CBH11-5S)
VERTICAL FILM LATHE - CW Brabender
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