Find, Plot, and Compare Materials Data

Find the materials data that you need, and then plot and analyze it to understand materials properties and compare materials.

  • Save time and ensure accurate comparison of materials with a single, easy to search source of materials data—all in one place on your PC!
  • Gain insight into materials properties and explore materials options during design and development
  • Clearly communicate ideas on materials and processes through compelling charts and graphs

How does CES Selector help?

Example materials property data An encyclopaedia of materials properties from Granta and other leading information providers— metals, plastics, composites, ceramics, and natural materials.
Data listing 
Search function in CES SelectorFind information fast, with keyword searching tuned for materials terminology and designations, or materials property queries. E.g., find a specific material grade; or find and export data for use in simulation.
Part of a materials property chart Materials property charting tools enable you to quickly create interactive charts: explore, understand, and communicate about materials and their properties.
Sample charts 
CES Selector Comparison TableCompare materials from the database with each other or with your own materials using features such as the CES Selector comparison tables, or 'find similar' tool.

What materials data is available?

  • MaterialUniverse from Granta—a unique database of over 3,500 engineering materials, providing generic property data ideal for comparison and selection studies
  • Specialist data modules—on metals, plastics, composites, and more from leading materials data providers including UL, CAMPUS, MMPDS, ASME, IHS ESDU, German Steel Institute, UK Steel, Senvol, and Firehole.

See the full listing of CES Selector data 

Sample property charts

Materials property charts (sometimes known as Ashby charts) are a great way to visualize and communicate materials properties, as well as being a key tool to support systematic materials selection. Here are some examples (click for a more detailed image):

Visualizing the full range of bulk engineering materials in property space

Visualizing the full range of bulk engineering
materials in property space

Comparing steels and aluminum for a light, stiff, panel—a typical automotive application

Comparing steels and aluminum for a light, stiff,
panel—a typical automotive application

Comparing a new composite material with the performance of other composites, plastics, and metals

Comparing a new composite material with the
performance of other composites, plastics, and metals

Graph from the Tecumseh case study, comparing plastics for an application in a ventilation unit

Graph from the Tecumseh case study, comparing
plastics for an application in a ventilation unit