EduPack Demo2010 Archive—What was new?

The latest release of the world-leading teaching resource for materials and process education provides some great new capabilities for both new and existing users. Some of the areas in which CES EduPack 2010 provides extra support include:

More details are provided below on these and other enhancements that will benefit every EduPack user, including updated data and teaching resources, usability enhancements, and information on phase diagrams. You can even spruce up your walls with our new materials wall charts!

PDF datasheet summary of CES EduPack 2010 developments (500Kb) 

CES EduPack 2010 Highlights

New video tutorials

A set of 18 new bite-sized video tutorials makes it even easier for both students and academics to learn the essential functionality and find out about the range of things that you can do with CES EduPack. Tutorials cover various aspects of browsing and searching the EduPack information resources, selection and graphing, and using tools such as the Eco Audit Tool.

  Video tutorial contents screen—the tutorials provide a quick and simple way to learn CES EduPack


Add your own records

It is now quick and easy to add materials to graphs and selection projects in CES EduPack. Just one mouse-click opens a simple form in which you can enter a material name and any properties that you wish to consider. This enables instant comparison of your own materials, or materials being studied in your course, to the full range of materials represented in CES EduPack. The feature is particularly useful for project work and for exercises or lectures that explore the position of materials or materials classes in materials space.

(Note, for more advanced database editing appropriate to advanced teaching and research projects, research licenses are available for the industrial CES Selector and CES Constructor software).

  A user-defined material plotted on a materials selection chart for comparison against a range of polymers. The chart plots cost against volume for a given stiffness for a beam in bending. Click for a larger image

Eco Audit Tool and eco data

Many universities and colleges now use CES EduPack to help introduce students to sustainability and eco design. The Eco Audit Tool helps to teach key eco design concepts, allowing students to explore the environmental impact of products and answer 'what if?' questions in exercises and project work. Enhancements include improved calculation of end-of-life scenarios and the ability for users to define the percentage of recycled content in the product.

More on the Eco Audit Tool 

The eco property data available with the Eco Design Edition (and now with the new Sustainability & the Built Environment Edition) has also been updated with: revised data for manufacturing processes, extended data for composite processes, and updated eco indicator values.

More on the Eco Design Edition 

  Eco Audit Tool graphs showing end of life phase


Introduction to phase diagrams

Phase diagrams have been added to the records for all (19) applicable alloy systems in Level 2 of the Materials & Process Database and a new "Teach Yourself Phase Diagrams" guide is available for students to download. These help to provide students with an introduction to alloying and the influence of processing on microstructure and performance.


Phase diagram for high carbon steel in CES EduPack—click for a larger image

New Nuclear Power Edition

Training a new generation of nuclear engineers is becoming a high priority for engineering faculties worldwide. EduPack can now help. A new Edition provides:

  • Records containing schematics and descriptions of the main reactor types (part of a schematic is pictured, right)
  • An enhanced version of the Materials & Processes Database with: additional records for materials grades used in nuclear power systems; property data on material performance at elevated temperature; data on the influence of neutron irradiation on material performance; information on materials usage in reactor systems and sub-systems
  • An extended version of the Elements Database including: elements used in nuclear power systems and properties relevant to nuclear power
  Part of an image of a pressurized water reactor from the Nuclear Power Edition

New Sustainability & the Built Environment Edition

This new Edition takes the full data set of the CES EduPack Standard Edition, adds the additional environmental property information of the Eco Selector database (updated in this release), and then adds specific information on construction materials and structural sections. The result is a comprehensive materials teaching resource for courses in Civil Engineering, Stuctures, the Built Environment, and for Architectural courses wishing to go into greater depth on engineering materials or environmental properties.

More information 

  An updated edition for courses in civil engineering or structures courses (image shows a section of the State Center, MIT—architect Frank O. Gehry)

Other updates to the standard database

The standard 3-level Materials & Processes Database covers the full range of material classes. A number of additions and updates have been made to this data.

Prices—new estimated prices have been generated using an improved and updated price model

Property data—enhancements at Level 3 include:

  • 38 new polymer records added under 6 new classes
  • New 'Carbon equivalency' attribute for steels—this indicates the weldability of the material



Sample properties from an EduPack datasheet for High Carbon Steel


Updates to other editions

Polymer Edition:

  • CAMPUS Plastics data module has been updated—it now provides data on 5,800 resins from 21 leading vendors
  • Prospector Plastics ('IDES Plastics') data module has been updated—it now contains around 77,000 datasheets
  • Moldflow data has been updated

Aerospace Edition:

  • MMPDS data module has been updated to MMPDS-04 CN1, including five new materials and new design and graphical data

Architecture Edition:

  • Links have been added from the standard Materials & Processes Database to the Structural Sections Database

More on EduPack Editions 


Browsing the CAMPUS database in CES EduPack


Support for textbooks

A 2nd Edition of the text Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design from Ashby, Shercliff, and Cebon is now available. This first and second year undergraduate text includes exercises using the CES EduPack software. A new edition of Ashby's Materials Selection in Mechanical Design is also due out this year. CES EduPack's information resources provide cross-references to these texts, as well as to other books by Ashby & Jones, Askeland and Phulé, Budinski and Budinski, Callister, and Shackelford.

Would you like EduPack to reference the textbooks that you use? Contact us and tell us which books!

More on support for textbooks 


Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design

Some supported texts


Usability and presentation

A series of additional enhancements simplifies use of the CES EduPack software and improves the user charting and selection experience. These include:

  • Multiple selection of records in lists and on graphs, making it much faster to edit, label, highlight etc.
  • The ability to display range data as average values for advanced selection
  • Resizing of windows and dialogs for compatibility with Netbooks
  • Easier selection / deselection of records in custom subsets
  • Ability to add notes to selection stages
  Section of a materials property chart—enhancements include refinements to the display of family envelopes and making it easier to select and label materials

Teaching resource updates

CES EduPack teaching resources are updated, with additions including:

  • New 'Teach Yourself Guides' on Crystallography and Phase Diagrams accessible from the CES EduPack software
  • A new white paper on Materials for Nuclear Power Systems
  • Updates to CES EduPack PowerPoint lectures
Teach Yourself Guide

Materials Wall Charts

With CES EduPack 2010, Granta is releasing a set of 5 attractive wall charts created by Professor Mike Ashby, covering these topics:

  • Mechanical Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Eco Design
  • Natural Materials
  • The Evolution of Materials (pictured)

You can buy the charts or (CES EduPack users only) download PDFs and print-your-own.

More on the wall charts 

Wall chart—the Evolution of Materials

Spanish version

Levels 1 and 2 of the CES EduPack database have been translated into Spanish—all datasheet content (with the exception of Science Notes) has been translated.

There are now English, French, German, and Spanish versions of CES EduPack.

EduPack en français | auf Deutsch | en español


Past versions: See what was new in: CES EduPack 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

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