New long fiber composite and enginering polymer data aids metal replacement studies

Cambridge, UK – July 20, 2015. Granta Design today announced the availability of new materials property data in its CES Selector software product, enabling more effective decision-making when considering the replacement of metals by long fiber composites or engineering polymers.

Metals replacement is an important focus for engineering enterprises seeking to lower costs (both material and processing costs) or reduce mass (particularly for parts used in transport applications, such as automobiles or aeroplanes). It can also provide new options for product branding, for example, through the use of materials with attractive tactile properties or the ability to add color.

Conventional solutions to this challenge include asking a supplier for guidance, employing a previously-used material, or looking up alternatives in a database or handbook. But these approaches don't enable engineers to explore all available material options exhaustively, and they rarely give answers that are specific to the application being considered. The CES Selector software overcomes these problems, with material selection and substitution tools that allow engineers to specify their application, identify the best candidate materials from the 'universe' of available engineering materials, and then assess those candidates. These tools draw on MaterialUniverse, a unique database covering engineering, environmental, and economic properties for over 3,500 generic types of metals, composites, plastics, and ceramics. This data resource has now been updated.

Relative performance of PA66 grades and metal alloys for a lightweight application where the material acts as a panel loaded in bending

Relative performance of PA66 grades and metal alloys for a lightweight application where
the material acts as a panel loaded in bending

The data updates add new records to the MaterialUniverse data that cover: long fiber composites, lubricated grades, fiber-filled engineering polymers, and conductive grades (as used in electromagnetic shielding). This enables more detailed and accurate exploration of these classes of materials, which increasingly provide alternatives to metals in sectors including Automotive, Aerospace, and Medical Devices.

The new data will be available to all CES Selector users with the CES Selector 2016 software release later this year. But any users interested in this class of materials can get hold of the updated database now if they would like to try it out with their current CES Selector 2015 license. Please contact us.

A web seminar on Tuesday, July 21, will discuss this topic and include a case study showing the application of the new data.

CES Selector is a trademark of Granta Design Limited.