Granta CES EduPack 2006

What Was New?

This was a landmark release in the progress of CES EduPack, which could now support courses relating to materials and processes across the entire engineering curriculum. CES EduPack spans the spectrum from specialist materials courses to general engineering and manufacturing courses, and the complete range of students from first year to postgraduate. New features enabled students at any level in any course to explore materials properties, perform materials selections, and drill down to fundamental information on the underlying science.

Five years ago, CES EduPack was an outstanding specialist materials selection and design tool. Following CES EduPack 2007, it had become a faculty resource for any engineering or manufacturing course containing elements of materials or processing.


New textbook

"Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design," the new textbook by Mike Ashby, is the first materials engineering text to use a design led-approach. It has a broader scope than other texts and is appropriate for undergraduate courses.

The books complements CES EduPack, including student exercises using the software. The result is a uniquely powerful, integrated materials teaching and learning resource.



Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design

Improved user interface and new selection features

More intuitive operation and reduced learning time made EduPack 2007 a better experience for all users. Usability improvements included a streamlined approach to systematic materials selection. New selection features included the ability to generate and interact with a list of materials ranked against chosen selection criteria. These improvements made analysis much easier—particularly for selection criteria involving combinations of properties.



New PowerPoint lectures

Twelve revised, downloadable PowerPoint lectures were available to support CES EduPack. These introduced the world of materials and processes, guided students through the procedure for material and process selection, and discussed topics such as eco-selection. Updates included new units for specialist applications such as architecture, broadening the scope of the lectures. This valuable teaching resource helps you to save time in creating great courses.



New PowerPoint slides

Science notes enhancements

This feature completed the 'design-led approach' by enabling students to drill-down to textbook-style information covering the fundamental science behind materials properties. Introduced in 2006, this feature now extended to users at all levels. See a sample science note 



Science Note describing Modulus of Rupture—such notes are now available in all levels of the database. Click for a larger image

New elements database

A new database provided the fundamental crystallographic, mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of elements across the Periodic Table. This is particularly helpful for materials science courses or engineering courses with more materials depth.



The Periodic Table shown in CES EduPack. The software now contains a database of properties for every element. Click for a larger image

Extended Architecture Edition

The Architecture Edition became a much stronger tool for learning about architectural materials, with a more extensive database, thorough notes providing background information on key materials properties, and an integrated database of structural sections.

More on EduPack Editions 


The Architecture database showing a science note. Click for a larger image

Miscellaneous improvements

EduPack 2007 offered restructured and easier-to-use process records, better control over graphs, improved interactivity of charts, cutting and pasting of data records, and search results to applications such as Word.

  Presentational improvements include more options for graphs such as this bar chart. Click for a larger image.

Past versions: See what was new in CES EduPack 2006