Hands-on Workshop:
Compare materials, visualise their advantages and make smart materials decisions

Part of the Advances in Materials & Processing Technologies (AMPT) Conference

Venue: Engineering School at the University Carlos III, Madrid. Room 4.1.D03

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Time: 8.30 am – 10.30 am

Join us for this no-cost workshop to:
  • Access an encyclopaedia of materials property data
  • Visualise and compare the properties of materials, including research data
  • Learn about a rational selection methodology for materials, developed by Prof Mike Ashby (University of Cambridge), and used by more than a thousand universities worldwide and industry for the last 20 years
  • Incorporate eco, sustainability and geo-economic factors
  • Identify candidate materials and estimate part cost in the early stages of conceptual design
Relative performance of PA66 grades and metal alloys for a lightweight application where the material acts as a panel loaded in bending

These topics will be covered, along with an introduction to the CES software, which enables quick access to reliable materials property data, unique graphical tools to support materials decision-making, and tools to assess environmental impact and to predict the properties of materials. The underlying database contains information on thousands of metal alloys, polymers, composites and ceramics.

Who should join this workshop?

  • Researchers who want to access comprehensive materials data and use that data to analyse materials space and compare materials
  • Educators of materials science, engineering, and design can learn how to engage students with visual and interactive tools and resources
  • Industrial material specialists and professionals interested in powerful decision-making and materials selection tools
  • Academics and professionals who want to learn more about the workshop topics and get direct experience of how to use them in materials-related applications.


CES Selector is used by leading companies worldwide, research labs, and universities to make optimal materials decisions, as well as to find, compare and visualize materials data. Visit the Granta website for case studies from organizations such as Honeywell, Tecumseh, and Fortune Brands.

CES EduPack uses the same technology, augmented with teaching resources and education information developed specifically for materials education in engineering, design, and science. It is used at more than 1,000 universities worldwide to support teaching through all levels of undergraduate education.

About the instructors

Sara Onrubia holds a BSc in Materials Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). She is part of the Education Division at Granta Design working with Universities in Spain and Latin America. She has international research experience, including some time in the Forchungszentrum Jülich in Germany, working on the synthesis, characterisation and oxidation of MAX Phases for high-temperature applications.

Dr Jorge Sobral has a background in biomedical engineering with an MSc in Biomaterials and Biomechanics and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge. His technical background is multidisciplinary, and he has been part of several successful research projects, particularly in the field of bone tissue engineering and medical devices. Currently he manages the account management team and works with research-oriented universities in the USA, Brazil and Portugal. He has also been involved in the Materials Genome Initiative in the USA.

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