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Summer 2014

1. Aerospace, defense, and energy: new case studies and materials data

New high performance metals and composite data

Case studies from Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and NASA

At next Wednesday's web seminar, on May 7, speakers from Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and NASA will be sharing how they manage and use critical data on composites, alloys, and other materials. Honeywell will talk about two practical examples of applying materials data and tools for materials selection, Lockheed-Martin will explain how they provide access to managed materials data within CAD, and NASA will discuss the management of materials data for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME).

Web seminar details and registration (May 7) 

New high performance metals and composite data

Granta has updated several of the data modules available within its library of materials reference data for aerospace and energy applications:

MMPDS-08—The preeminent source of materials property data for aerospace component design offers statistically-derived design values for alloys, including, in this new release, new data on Ferrium M54 (designed by QuesTek using Integrated Computational Materials Engineering), A205/TiB2/3p (a castable MMC), WE43C, and C63000. Read more…

Composites Design—Traceable design data from two leading global aerospace projects (AGATE and NCAMP) focused on the processing, manufacture, and use of composite materials. The new release includes new materials data for 22 frequently-used composite systems. Read more…

Offers—Granta has two current offers relevant to this data. If you don’t currently have the GRANTA MI system, a ‘quick start’ package is available that will get you up-and-running rapidly in order to provide access to the MMPDS data within CAD.  There’s also an offer for current GRANTA MI users wishing to add more data. Read more  


Also in this issue


Environmental and regulatory applications and the ‘Circular Economy’



Coming soon: MI:Materials Gateway for Windchill



Meeting automotive material challenges in design, simulation, lightweighting, global manufacturing, and emissions reduction



Marketing new materials and metals equivalency



Substitution of metals with plastics in surgical devices; Support for neurological device design



GRANTA MI: software updates, online training, user group meeting



On the blog: Materials data for consumer products



Upcoming events



Hints & tips: Embedded Equations and Logic

Visit our Blog

How Honeywell and Cessna are maximizing their material intelligence

Earlier this month, industrial materials scientists, materials engineers, and engineers and managers in areas related to materials gathered for a seminar hosted by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). Case studies from Honeywell and Cessna, as well as contributions from many other attendees, led to lively discussions about how to maximize ‘material intelligence’: the understanding that comes from applying data on the properties and behavior of materials, such as alloys, composites, ceramics, and plastics.

Read the full report 

2. Environmental and regulatory applications and the ‘Circular Economy’

Recent EMIT Meeting provides valuable case studies

A report from a recent seminar, hosted by the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), reveals why Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium members consider Design for the Environment (DfE) a business critical issue.   Why Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium members consider Design for the Environment (DfE) a business critical issue.
"DfE is an essential element of effective risk management," explained Rolls-Royce’s Andy Clifton, emphasizing that "DfE at Rolls-Royce is about understanding the risks of a system’s lifecycle-impacts and integrating the consideration into our decision processes."

The report also highlights the importance Boeing place on mitigating risk and meeting legislative reporting requirements. It explains how such leading engineering organizations are approaching regulations on restricted substances (e.g., REACH) and conflict minerals (e.g., the Dodd-Frank Act) and are working to minimize supply chain risks associated with critical materials.

Read the full report 

Readers may also be interested in a recent article by Rolls-Royce in Materials World magazine. This discussed the HITEA collaborative project, which is responding to restrictions on hexavalent chromium by searching for replacement surface treatments. IOM3 members can download the article from the Materials World Website.

New access to ‘ecoinvent Key Materials Indicators’ through Granta software

The ecoinvent environmental impact indicators, developed by the Swiss Centre for Life Cycle Inventories, are world-leading quality-assured life cycle inventory (LCI) datasets. LCIs quantify the inputs and outputs of the product system (e.g., the production of a material), including: energy inputs, material inputs, and emissions to air, water, and soil. Life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) converts these into potential environmental impact categories. Key indicators for a range of materials, chemicals, and processes are now available through GRANTA MI and CES Selector (illustrated), where they can be searched, browsed, and used alongside Granta’s full range of materials and environmental data.   Key indicators for a range of materials, chemicals, and processes are now available through CES Selector

Read about ecoinvent Key Materials Indicators 

Data on the environmental and regulatory properties of materials, webinar, May 20

What is eco data? How is it different to familiar engineering data? How can it be applied? What data can help us track the impact of environmental regulations?  This short webinar on Tuesday, May 20, will answer these questions. Guest speaker, Professor Mike Ashby (author of the textbook “Materials and the Environment”) will discuss sources for data on the environmental properties of materials and processes, the role of environmental indicators, and the importance of traceability.  Kim Marshall, Eco Design Technical Lead at Granta, will discuss industry requirements for data on topics such as restricted substances.  The webinar will demonstrate Granta’s range of data on: eco properties; restricted substances and the legislations that impact them; and critical materials. The new ecoinvent Key Materials Indicators data is now part of this integrated data set.  Join us to find out about the data and put your questions to Mike and the Granta team.

Web seminar details and registration 

Offer: For a limited period, those purchasing Granta’s integrated ‘Product Risk’ data bundle can have access, at no additional cost, to the new ecoinvent Key Materials Indicators data. Read more  

Granta joins the Circular Economy 100

Granta has joined the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme. This  group of leading companies, universities, and emerging innovators, coordinated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, is committed to developing new approaches and tools that can lead the transition to a ‘circular economy’ which is: ‘restorative by intention’; aims to rely on renewable energy; minimizes the use of toxic chemicals; and eradicates waste through careful design. Decisions about materials will be central to realizing this vision.

"We are delighted to welcome Granta into the CE100, and to work with them to define best practices and tools that can embed circular economy thinking into product design and development," said Andrew Morlet, Business Programme Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Read the announcement 

Design for environmental objectives and regulations 
  Andrew Morlet, Business Programme Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

3. Coming soon: MI:Materials Gateway for Windchill

New PLM integration

Windchill will soon be the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway applications. These applications, embedded within the host software, are now the established technology enabling engineers to easily access approved materials property data, and apply it in design and simulation with full traceability. This second materials knowledge management application for a major PLM system, following that for Teamcenter, will benefit managers and costing, environmental, or other specialists when they review individual products or look across product families.   MI:Materials Gateway for Windchill provides integration of materials data with PLM

Read about MI:Materials Gateway for Windchill 

See CAD, CAE, PLM applications at upcoming events

Earlier this week, presentations of MI:Materials Gateways for CATIA and Abaqus/CAE were well-received at the COE Annual PLM Conference and TechniFair in Anaheim, CA. Further demonstrations, including MI:Materials Gateway applications for ANSYS Workbench, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, Creo, Siemens NX, and Teamcenter, will be made at the following upcoming conferences:

You can also see the GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway technology demonstrated at the next GRANTA MI online user training in June: Materials support for simulation and CAE (see item 7).

Read more about GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway 

Offers are available for new or existing GRANTA MI users wishing to add an MI:Materials Gateway integration. Read more 

4. Meeting automotive material challenges in design, simulation, lightweighting, global manufacturing, and emissions reduction

New Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (‘AutoMatIC’)

The last edition of Granta Material News trailed the news of a new automotive consortium. Further details of the project were revealed at the recent SAE World Congress in Detroit, MI. The Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (‘AutoMatIC’) will bring together OEMs and suppliers in the automotive and off-highway vehicle sectors to develop best practice for materials information and its use.  It will help members as they aim to increase engineering productivity, lower costs, improve product performance, lower risk associated with materials supply and regulations on restricted substances, and make the most of investments in simulation and PLM. Further expressions of interest are welcome from organizations in the relevant sectors interested in applying materials information technology.  
New Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (‘AutoMatIC’)

Read more and express interest 

New possibilities for materials information technology discussed at SAE World Congress

This month, automakers, suppliers, and other manufacturers met to consider how best to deploy materials knowledge for maximum impact in automotive and general manufacturing. Speakers and panelists at this event, which followed SAE World  Congress, included Donaldson Company Inc., General Motors Company, RGBSI, and Owens-Illinois Inc. They shared experiences and best practices on managing materials information, for example, to support the latest developments in predictive, multi-scale modeling of composite materials, responding to environmental regulations. There was particular interest in lightweighting and emissions reduction: further information on how materials information technology is playing a critical role during this period of industry change can be found by downloading Granta’s Lightweighting Guide.

Read about Granta for automotive 

Download the Emissions Reduction & Lightweighting Guide 

5. Marketing new materials and metals equivalency with CES Selector

Victrex Polymer Solutions on identifying new uses and markets for your materials

At a recent web seminar, Victrex Polymer Solutions described how they use CES Selector to demonstrate the benefits of new materials in applications such as aerospace. They have made use of performance indices to compare new thermoplastic composites with existing materials like aluminum. Material property data is also readily available for export to Excel, and to finite element analysis for component modeling, e.g., to show weight reduction without loss of performance.   Granta's tools are helping material producers make the right materials choices

Watch this and selected web seminars on demand 

Read further case studies (NCS Lab, Tecumseh, CETEM, and others) 

Offer: interested in CES Selector? Our current offer provides an option for a short-term evaluation license plus valuable training. Read more  

CES Selector User Training: Metals—Finding equivalent & alternative grades (May 6)

Next week’s session in our series of regular user training is aimed at material specialists, product designers, and those in purchasing. Find out how you can identify equivalent designations and standards, for example, for the replacement of obsolete grades and equivalents that are available, or commonly used, in global manufacturing.

Training details and registration (for current users) 

6. Substitution of metals with plastics in surgical devices; Support for neurological device design

Material selection tool leads to 50% time and cost savings at NCS Lab

NCS Lab is an Italian research services organization committed to supporting research and development. In a case study looking at replacing metal with plastic in medical forceps, NCS Lab explores systematic selection using the mathematical equations embedded in CES Selector (performance indices), and drawing on the right material property information.

This led to "a time and money saving of 50%, or greater, in the prototyping and testing steps of the project. Moreover... optimization of the material selection provides... enhanced performance, durability, and visibility to the device, thus inducing further money savings during the item lifetime."

Join us at upcoming events to discuss your medical materials challanges

Read the full report (in English or Italian) 

Access materials-related data for human biological materials & neurological devices

A new data module covering neurological devices will be released this Summer, fully integrated with Granta’s existing Orthopaedic and Cardiovascular Data Modules. A preview, made available in the recent spring release of the ASM Medical Materials Data Module, has already provided a peer-reviewed and reliable source of materials-related data for neurological device design.

Next month sees the release of the latest version of the Human Biological Materials data module, a unique resource of mechanical property data for specific human tissues. The May 2014 release adds new data on blood vessels (arteries and veins), including both elastic and muscular arteries, as well as structures of the heart, including cardiac muscles and heart valves (aortic, bicuspid, pulmonary and tricuspid).

Read more: Granta for Medical Device Designers 

Medical materials information management: read the article in MedTech Innovation

“Typically, 50% of expensively acquired materials test results are used once and then discarded.” In an article in April’s MedTech Innovation, Granta’s Dr. Sarah Egan identifies the value of good materials information management for medical device development and how to achieve it. For a limited time only, this article is free to view for Granta Material News readers on the MedTech Innovation website.

Access your free copy of this article 

7. GRANTA MI: software updates, online training, user group meeting

GRANTA MI Version 7 Update 2 coming soon

The next GRANTA MI software update will soon be made available to all those on maintenance licenses, as part of our commitment to regular maintenance updates and improved features and performance. This update contains some improvements to help enterprises interested in integrating GRANTA MI securely with document management systems, e.g., for the management of large files.

GRANTA MI User Training: Materials support for simulation and CAE (June 3)

On Tuesday, June 3, the online user training will look at "Materials support for simulation and CAE". Learn more about the benefits of a combined approach to managing materials test and simulation data, including:

  • Traceability and workflow: managing the flow of data from test to simulation
  • Storing and comparing complex test data, simulation data, and modeled materials data
  • Using FE Exporters to generate material cards in the correct format
  • Using Version Control to alert downstream CAE users of changes to materials data

Training details and registration (for current users) 

German-language user group meeting and open seminar

Last month, users of the GRANTA MI and CES Selector software took part in a Granta User Group Meeting in Meerbusch, Germany, receiving training and learning about the latest developments. At the preceding open seminar, attendees interested in adopting a materials information management system were particularly interested in the case study from automotive supplier, KSPG AG. Announcements about additional German-language events will soon be made on the German-language website.

Visit Granta’s German language site 

8. On the blog: Materials experts stay ahead of the game.

Blog   On the blog, Dr. Charlie Bream looks at Consumer Products, and considers the challenges of making choices in a fast changing world; how “getting it right first time” means looking at the big picture; how to respond rapidly by building on generic material properties; and the importance of putting material choices in the hands of the experts.

Read the blog 

9. Upcoming events

Meet us at this Summer's events, conferences, and workshops:

Full list of upcoming events and seminars 

10. Hints and tips

In each Granta Material News we link to information that helps users to get more from Granta software. Here, watch a short clip on Embedded Equations and Logic, which allow algebraic data, with multiple parameters, to be managed and displayed. This functionality is useful, for example, to manage simulation data and CAE models, which are often represented with parameters in equations and expressions. Such approaches are becoming increasingly important to engineers seeking to compare updated equations with series data e.g., to calibrate CAE models by comparing equations against real-world data.

  Watch the video tips...  

Watch the video 

This topic featured in a recent GRANTA MI user training session. If you are a GRANTA MI user, sign up to join these online sessions, held on alternate months.

Training details and registration (for current users) 

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