This year's CES EduPackWhat was new?

CES EduPack 2008 extends support for the many different ways in which materials and process educators are now using CES EduPack. CES EduPack:

  • Supports a wide variety of teaching approaches—CES EduPack 2008 now references a range of standard materials texts embodying several different approaches
  • Enriches a broad range of engineering-related disciplines—CES EduPack 2008 adds Bio Engineering to this list
  • Provides a variety of valuable teaching tools—in addition to its materials property databases, materials selection software, and teaching resources, CES EduPack 2008 adds a new 'Eco Audit Tool', available to every user
  • Enables teaching worldwide—CES EduPack extends language support for French and German users


Eco Audit Tool

The new Eco Audit Tool calculates the energy and carbon footprint of a product at different stages in its life cycle, based on the materials and processes used in the product and some simple data about its transportation and use. The tool allows the user to identify the life phase or phases that contribute most to the product's environmental impact, and thus to focus on the best strategies for reducing this impact. The aim of the Eco Audit Tool is to help in introducing students to the concepts of eco-design and to support design for low carbon footprint and energy efficiency.

More on the Eco Audit Tool 


Eco Audit report shows the energy usage at different stages in a product's life cycle—click for a larger image showing more of an eco audit report

Bio Engineering Edition

This new edition augments the standard database of engineering materials with new data covering Bio Materials. This includes categories on the basic building blocks of natural materials, soft tissue, mineralized tissue, woods & wood-like materials, fibers, implant and man-made materials. CES EduPack can now support Bio Engineering and similar courses, allowing students to:

  • Explore how nature’s structural building blocks combine to give great diversity
  • Compare the properties of natural & man made materials
  • Explore bio-mimicry—how nature optimizes performance
  • Examine substitution—which materials may be used for implants or organ transplant?

A new paper describing the Bio Materials database is available within our information pack.


Links to Standard Materials Texts

A further reading section has been added to each Science Note. This provides an explicit connection between CES EduPack and a number of standard materials texts with which it is already in use. These include:

  • Callister's Materials Science and Engineering, an Introduction
  • Budinski and Budinski's Engineering Materials, Properties, and Selection
  • Askeland and Phulé's The Science and Engineering of Materials


Further reading for a sample science note—click for a larger image

German and French Editions

CES EduPack is used at over 600 universities and colleges worldwide.

Support for German universities is extended through the translation of the Level 1 & 2 database content into German. This means that German students will now find it much easier to use CES EduPack's information resources.

French users will find that the CES EduPack Science Notes have now also been translated, improving the link to the underlying science for students at French universities and lycées.



French language science note—click for a larger image

Miscellaneous improvements

A number of new software features improve the usability and presentation of CES EduPack. These include:

  • Improved, clearer datasheet format
  • Ability to change fonts on a datasheet
  • Improved help
  Viewing a datasheet and Science Note in CES EduPack 2008. The datasheet is for a man-made bio material, and shows the new, clearer, layout—click for a larger image

Past versions: See what was new in: CES EduPack 2007 | CES EduPack 2006