Educators can arrange a demonstration of how CES EduPack 2011 can help support teaching 2011 Archive: What was new?

CES EduPack 2011 brought updated teaching resources, enhanced property data, and new software developments to support teaching of materials related courses in engineering, science, and design. In particular:

  • Enhancements to software and teaching resources—feedback from, and collaboration with, the worldwide academic community continues to drive the year-on-year development of CES EduPack. Benefit from the wealth of supporting teaching resources now available from our revised website, and join the growing online community.
  • Teaching sustainability and eco design—the new Low Carbon Power Edition encourages students to explore sustainable energy options in a rational and quantitative manner, while continued development of the popular Eco Audit Tool makes it easier to incorporate sustainability into a wide range of courses. A new Enhanced Eco Audit Tool provides further support for higher level teaching and research.
  • Teaching composite materials and lightweight design—the innovative Hybrid Synthesizer is an easy-to-use predictive tool that helps students investigate the effects of using hybrid materials and structures.

More details are provided below.

CES EduPack 2011 Highlights

New Teaching Resource Website

Around 200 individual resources can be found in our expanded and updated set of teaching resources. These include:

  • 77 Powerpoint lectures in 4 languages
  • 30 Sets of Exercises with worked solutions
  • Interactive case studies
  • Teach yourself booklets
  • White papers, including the new Materials for Low-Carbon Power and Hybrid Synthesizer papers
  • Getting started guides for the EduPack software
  • Materials and process selection charts
  • The New Emerging and Unusual Materials database

Visit the teaching resources and register to be informed of updates 


Updated Eco Audit Tool

Development of the Eco Audit Tool has been driven by your feedback. Students can grasp the environmental impact of products and quickly and easily explore different design scenarios. Better, clearer results are available across a broad range of products and processing options in light of:

  • additional primary processes
  • enhanced coverage of electronic components
  • revised end-of-life calculations
  • software enhancements, e.g., export reports to Microsoft Word.

More on the Eco Audit Tool 

  The Eco Audit Tool helps students quickly explore different options, and export the results into Excel or Word for further analysis and reports

New Enhanced Eco Audit Tool

There have been many requests over the past two to three years for an advanced version of the Eco Audit Tool. The Enhanced Eco Audit Tool is available in the Eco Design Edition of CES EduPack 2011 and extends the functionality of the standard tool for use with advanced teaching and research. It accounts for machining, joining & finishing processes, manufacturing waste, and the probability of material being recovered at end of life, enabling the more detailed analysis of the product lifecycle required in advanced teaching of eco design and sustainability-related topics.

More on the Enhanced Eco Audit Tool 

  The Enhanced Eco Audit Tool takes more detailed account of machining, joining and finishing processes

New Hybrid Synthesizer

This innovative tool helps to predict the performance of sandwich panels, cellular structures, and composites and to make rapid and rational comparison of these predictions with ‘standard’ materials. Students can explore the effects of different composites, hybrid materials, and structures, for example to aid lightweight design. The Hybrid Synthesizer has been the results of over two years of development, and we would like to say thank you to everyone involved, particularly those who have given feedback on the technical preview.

More on the Hybrid Synthesizer 

  Composite materials are used in cutting edge aerospace applications. Images by Fir0002 (Background-photo) and Guinnog(plane-photo), photoshopped together by S. Solberg J. [GFDL (<a href="" class="external free" rel="nofollow"></a>) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons:

New Low Carbon Power Edition

The new Low Carbon Power Edition supports the teaching of sustainability and energy related courses, enabling students to explore the options for low carbon power generation in a rational and quantitative manner. It covers standard and low carbon systems including:

  • Biomass
  • Coal
  • Geothermal (deep and shallow)
  • Hydroelectric (earth dam & steel reinforced)
  • Natural gas
  • Nuclear fission
  • Solar PV (poly-slicon & single crystal)
  • Tidal (barrage current)
  • Wave power
  • Wind power (land-based & offshore)

In depth information is available in the Materials for Low-Carbon Power white paper.

More information 

  Solar panels are being increasingly used as we turn to low carbon power

Additional Video Tutorials

Video tutorials, embedded in the CES EduPack software, help both students and academics learn the essential functionality and find out about the range of things that you can do with CES EduPack. Following their popular introduction last year, the new release contains new tutorials on: the Eco Audit Tool, the Enhanced Eco Audit Tool, the Hybrid Synthesizer Tool, the Low-Carbon Power database and the Elements database.

View clip from the 'Plotting Charts' tutorial 

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

New data for steels, lightweight materials, and eco properties

Improved support of both teaching and project work in Chemical Engineering comes from enhanced and expanded data on stainless alloys coupled with new information on processing & corrosion.

There is also enhanced support for teaching the properties and applications of steels—particularly in automotive engineering—through the addition of seventeen new Automotive Steels records.

Environmental data includes coverage of updated & expanded primary process data, new electrical components, new machining processes, and updated geo economic data for metals (abundance in earth’s crust / seawater, annual world production, reserves).

A new core materials subset includes 117 new materials (86 honeycombs, 24 rigid polymer foams, and 7 natural materials). Records have also been revised and expanded for Sheet and Bulk Molding Compounds. These updates support the Hybrid Synthesizer sandwich panel model, and give improved coverage of lightweight materials.

More on CES EduPack information resources 


New automotive steel data enhances engineering teaching

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