Information management a key issue at JEC Composites Show

Paris—March 24-26, 2009 Granta again attended the JEC Composites event in Paris from March 24-26. We had our busiest JEC show ever, confirming a growing interest in—and need for—materials information technology among makers and users of composite materials.

Eurocopter speaks at seminar

Eurocopter presentationGranta hosted a materials information seminar alongside the meeting, attracting attendees from aerospace, defense, energy, and materials producing companies.

The guest speaker was Arnaud Walter, Head of Materials & Processes at Eurocopter's La Courneuve site. He described Eurocopter's project to set up a common material database, with the aim of consolidating materials test and design data, improving the traceability and sharing of data, and harmonizing methods in testing and design. The project is using the GRANTA MI system. Eurocopter is also involved in the EMIT Consortium project with Granta, focused on response to environmental regulations such as REACH.

The seminar discussed the materials information technology needs of all participants, and demonstrated some potential solutions for those needs—with a focus on three case studies:

  • Materials information management for structural materials applications
  • Systematic approaches to materials selection and materials strategy
  • Eco design and restricted substances regulations

For more information on past and future Granta seminars, see here 

Contest sparks show floor discussions

Meanwhile, on the JEC show floor, Granta spoke to more composites scientists, engineers, and educators than ever before. Interest focused on the following aspects:

  • Managing proprietary test, design, and other data relating to composite materials; ensuring that this data is captured, consolidated, controlled, and made available for use by engineers and designers; guaranteeing traceability of information to the source data and that data is not lost
  • Combining this in-house data with reference information (for example the CMH-17 or Mil-Handbook-17 composite data) and applying tools to view, analyze, and use all of this data
  • Finding and using information relating to the eco-properties of materials
  • Teaching materials engineering

One spark for our discussions was a contest on the Granta booth, in which delegates were asked to rank five unidentified materials in order of the amount of carbon dioxide released due to the production of one kg of the material. The variation in the answers demonstrated the potential value of tools to find and use even relatively straightforward information! Congratulations to our two contest winners: Nicola Belli of MaTech in Padova, Italy, and Martin Villeminot of Dassault Aviation in Saint Cloud, France. They each receive a copy of Professor Mike Ashby's new book: Materials and the Environment: Eco-informed Materials Choice. The correct answer to the contest is illustrated below.

CO<sub>2</sub> released during primary production

The graph shows the CO2 footprint of primary production for 98 materials from Granta's MaterialUniverse database. The materials used in the JEC contest are highlighted

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