He carried out research during his Masters studies on design and materials selection and studied the relations of selection methods within the design process. He analysed the current digital tools for materials selection and how they work. Questions regarding the framing of the evolution of materials selection and its connection to the history of design also deserved special attention.
Later he has built an information platform, materialized through a spreadsheet with many information about software and databases for material selection, a very complete study. These digital tools (databases and software) were meticulously analysed.
Since 2007, he has been undertaking efforts to research about a new methodology for material selection and usefulness of digital tools.
Rolf E. Hummel
A very good book for introduction materials science for students of engineering and physics and for the interested general public examines not only the physical and engineering properties of virtually all kinds of materials, but also their... November 8th, 2009 | Books | Read More
The paths for selection and use of materials are related to the design history.
In the very beginning of existence, the most important materials used
in utensils and objects were wood, stone, bone, shells and animal skin. With
the “Neolithic revolution”, man starts building objects using... November 5th, 2009 | History | Read More
It’s a wood database on the Internet, especially for those who work with wood and for those interested in forest species. To have total access to information, is available a CD with software and the database. The access to the database on the internet is free and gives a good deal of information on... November 5th, 2009 | Databases | Read More
It’s a Search engine of polymeric materials, woks with the CES Selector software used. IDES provide information on almost 80.000 plastics including technical information, with properties and processing data. It´s possible to make a free regist but to a more complete service you need to pay, depending... November 5th, 2009 | Databases | Read More