Core CES EduPack Tools—Search, browse, chart, select

The core tools in the CES EduPack software enable students to explore, chart, and use materials data with ease, helping them to learn about the world of materials.

The sample images below give a flavor of the system.

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Search and browse materials information

In CES EduPack, fast search capabilities also make it easy to locate the information that you need. Or you can browse using the easy-to-navigate homepages, intuitive database tree view, and links within datasheets. Further information is seamlessely integrated—for example, click on any property in a datasheet to open a 'Science Note' explaining the underlying science.


Browsing the Level 1 database for material properties.
Textbook style science notes give further information on the attributes.

Exploring the Level 3 Aerospace homepage

Exploring the Level 3 Aerospace homepage—fast access to a wide range of relevant data.


Materials charting

Powerful charting capabilities enable you to plot any property (or combination of properties) against any other property (or combination). You can do this for all of the materials in the database, or any subset. Presenting information in different ways helps students to take it in and remember it. Interactive charts are easily created and annotation features enable you to make beautiful images for lectures, presentations, and reports. Here are some examples that help to get different concepts across to students and give them a view of the world of materials:

All of the materials at level 2 in a Materials Property Chart.

All of the materials at level 2 in a Materials Property Chart.


Using a material property chart to visulize thermal expansion of materials in the MMPDS data module

Using a material property chart to visualize thermal expansion of materials in the MMPDS data module


Materials selection

A range of tools help you to apply rational materials selection methods to identify the right material for a specific engineering application. Students can filter the database to identify which materials fail specific constraints, then plot the properties that represent your design objectives, and use tools such as selection lines to weigh the trade-offs between these objectives.

Materials selection

Annotated materials selection chart investigating the trade-off between weight and stiffness
for different engineering functions

In advanced design projects, students can make use of Performance Index Finder, the guidance tool used in industry to help engineers define design objectives quickly by selecting their application from a graphical menu.

Performance Index Finder.

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