CES SelectorSoftware — By Pedro on November 1, 2009 at 22:22
The CES selector, in this study, was classified as software, though working on a wide range of databases, so we included it on this initial database research.
We used CES Edupack 2007, which works through CES Selector, version 4.7.0., with three levels of software.
We can start searching the materials through a branch, which main stem rises in material universe, subdividing it into families, classes, and ending in the members of the materials’ subclasses.
When we got on each material, we have quite a complete technical amount of information; we can mention that it is the most relevant information in terms of all the tools studied. The information is presented in a simple and understandable way, and with the advantage that the properties included are the most relevant in terms of decision making. Furthermore, it is possible to create and save graphics in logarithmic, linear and auto scale, where you decide which properties will be considered.
The CES Selector, combined with the database “Material Universe”, can also provide the following main functions:
-Looking for information on the properties of methods and processes, suppliers, etc.
-Ability to handle complex properties such as fatigue, creep and cost of production.
The main purpose of the software is to achieve a solution to reduce costs, improve performance, and advance design, quality and innovation.
CES Selector Granta Design is based on methods developed by Michael Ashby and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge. They argue that for the material selection, the most practical method is the use of graphics, in which the performance for a specific application is not dictated by individual properties, but by the combination of two or more.
The software enables designers and engineers to relate and obtain the necessary information on materials and manufacturing processes for most of the projects.
Granta developed several software modules, such as CES Polymer Selector, CES Edupack, GRANTA MI and ASM International references. This range of software for working with data modules is divided into series:
-Universe, with the modules Material Universe, Process Universe, Eco Material Universe, Polymer Material Universe and Medical Material Universe;
-Eco, with the modules, Eco Material Universe and restricted substances;
-Aerospace & energy, with MMPDS, CMH-17, ESDU MMDH and ASME BPVC;
-Plastics, with Polymer Material Universe, Campus Plastics, IDES Plastics, Moldflow, ChemRes;
-Medical devices, with Medical Material Universe, Cardiovascular Materials and Orthopaedic Materials;
-Special Projects, with Metal Foams, NIST Lead-Free Solders and CAE Starter Database.
Method of use:
The software costs £ 770 for an annual license and £ 2,200 for the permanent license.
Where it is necessary to access up to 5 users, the price varies from £ 2695 to £ 7700.
Materials in the database:
Depends on the database used. With the database Material Universe, the most general of Granta Design is able to access the information on metals, polymers, ceramics, composite materials and magnetic sponges.
Depends on the databases used, the “Universe” series with the five data modules (MaterialUniverse, ProcessUniverse, Eco MaterialUniverse, Polymer MaterialUniverse and Medical MaterialUniverse) may reach a number about 8.170 materials.