GRANTA MI 2.0

GRANTA MI 2.0 was released in 2008.

Information on the next release—GRANTA MI 3.0 

Information on the previous releaseGRANTA MI 1.3 

GRANTA MI 2.0 introduced the next generation of GRANTA MI—more robust and faster than ever, with an enhanced user experience, and new features that are indispensable to any organization that needs to manage, analyze, and apply materials data.

What was new in GRANTA MI 2.0?

GRANTA MI 2.0 provided a range of new software features. Updates to Granta's materials reference information, available with GRANTA MI, also enhanced support for some key applications.

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What was new by solution area

Get the right materials information

For many users, a primary role of GRANTA MI is simply to help them get the right materials information, as accurately and efficiently as possible.

If your focus is on access to materials reference data, then GRANTA MI 2.0 offered extensive updates. These included the latest data from authoritative aerospace and energy references (MMPDS-03 and ASME BPVC), plus new information on plastics (e.g., transparent plastics and plastics for medical applications), elastomers (e.g., rubbers and TPEs), and stainless alloys. There was also updated data for materials prices and eco properties across all materials classes.

If your primary need is to access your corporate materials information, GRANTA MI 2.0 helped you to find up-to-date, appropriate information and to review and benefit from the full context for that information. The version control feature introduced in version 2.0 means that you can see when, how, and why data changed and—if necessary—track back through the history of the data to review older versions. Not only does this allow you to inspect the history of data, it provides access to the materials knowledge that was developed as changes were made. Data quality ratings help to ensure that you use data only for appropriate purposes.

New GRANTA MI 2.0 user interface

The new-look GRANTA MI browser interface enhances usability

For both external reference data and in-house information, you benefit from the improved browser-based graphical user interface introduced in GRANTA MI 2.0, which makes it easier to search, browse, and inspect materials information. And enhanced computer aided engineering integration allows, for example, materials information stored in GRANTA MI to be accessed directly from within the Abaqus/CAE software.

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Manage materials data and information

  MDMC logoThe Material Data Management Consortium is a unique collaborative project focused on best practice approaches and tools for the management of materials information. With members including world-leading aerospace, energy, and defense organizations, the MDMC guides development of GRANTA MI for data management applications. It has prioritized key functionality such as version control and data quality ratings. Recent additions to the Consortium include Boeing IDS, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. More...
   

If you are involved with managing or analyzing materials information, then GRANTA MI 2.0 provided you with simply the best enterprise materials information system ever built! This next-generation release introduced two major features—version control and data quality ratings—that were high priorities for the Material Data Management Consortium (see sidebar).

GRANTA MI was the first materials information management system to implement formal version control, which provides a systematic approach to updating data, captures information explaining changes, and stores all previous versions of any item of data. The system can thus help to control the release of information, capture the full context for all information in the database, and allow recovery of past versions. These are major benefits, particularly for organizations with highly-regulated or safety-critical data.

Data quality ratings help to ensure that, while the system stores all of the enterprise's materials information (regardless of its provenance or accuracy), only the appropriate data is delivered to specific users or applied to specific applications.

These advances were delivered along with enhancements in the speed of the system (especially for larger databases) and in the ease of configuring its security. Crucially, it also became easier to deploy the information in the system to authorized users (see next section).

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Deploy materials information enterprise-wide

How do you ensure that everyone, across the enterprise, who uses materials information—even occasional users—gets their information from a single, consistent, up-to-date, approved source? It's not enough just to provide the right data. You also need to make it as easy as possible for these users to access that data. GRANTA MI 2.0 helped to achieve this objective—saving wasted time and effort, and reducing the risks inherent in use of inconsistent or out-dated information.

The updated browser-based graphical user interface made it easier for occasional users to use GRANTA MI, and made any corporate materials information system based on GRANTA MI more appealing to these users. New features in this interface included the ability to export a range of materials reference data in the correct file format for input to Pro/Engineer Wildfire.

Such integration with computer aided engineering was taken a step further with the new Granta materials plug-in for the Abaqus/CAE finite element modeling system. This module allows users of Abaqus to select, retrieve, and use materials data stored in a GRANTA MI 2.0 database directly from within the Abaqus/CAE environment. The plug-in approach greatly improves the speed and reliability with which simulation engineers can access the correct data, and avoids the risk of transcription errors while importing this data. The same benefits can be provided for other third-party or in-house software using Granta's application programming interface.

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Use materials information in decision-making

Granta helps organizations to use materials information in support of improved decision-making. Examples include the work of the Materials Strategy Software Consortium , focusing in particular on materials rationalization and cost reduction, and the new EMIT Consortium, which aims to empower eco design.

The first requirement for effective decision support is a reliable body of data on which to base analysis. Granta's reference materials data provides one such a resource. New data in GRANTA MI 2.0 included the latest authoritative aerospace and energy references (MMPDS-03 and ASME BPVC), more on plastics (e.g., on transparent plastics and plastics for medical applications) and elastomers (e.g., rubbers and TPEs), and new coverage of stainless alloys. There was also updated data for materials prices and eco properties across all materials classes.

In most cases, effective decision-making requires both the use of external references and analysis of in-house information. With data management enhancements, GRANTA MI strengthened its position as a uniquely robust and mature environment for developing, delivering, and maintaining a complete, up-to-date, and high quality source of such proprietary data.

MI:EMO analyzes polymer information (click for larger image)

GRANTA MI:Enterprise Materials Optimizer in the new user interface. The user is in the process of ranking materials from the updated MaterialUniverse database based on 'cost per unit of function' for a typical engineering application (click for larger image).

Usability enhancements in version 2.0 helped users of tools such as the GRANTA MI:Enterprise Materials Optimizer (MI:EMO). MI:EMO lets organizations provide an easy-to-use materials selection capability to their designers and engineers, enterprise-wide, helping to improve consistency in the materials choices that they make. Improvements to GRANTA MI's browser-based graphical user interface made MI:EMO easier to learn and more appealing for these engineers and designers. For materials experts undertaking more specialist analyses of materials selection problems using Granta's CES Selector, a new utility enabled output from GRANTA MI of databases in CES Selector format.

Relevant new features:


New software features

Version control

GRANTA MI 2.0 introduced a comprehensive version control capability. GRANTA MI is the only available system to offer such a feature for materials information management. Version control is of particular value in any environment where materials information changes or is updated—and especially where the context for that information is important. Version control was identified as a priority feature by the Material Data Management Consortium user community. Consortium members have guided its development. The feature:

  • provides a systematic, fully configurable process for review and approval of data, and release to authorized users
  • ensures that the full context for any change can be reliably documented
  • stores all previous versions of data, together with its context, and allows authorized users to view this history

Version control thus ensures improved control over the updating of data, capture of knowledge developed as changes are being made, and full traceability for any information, design, or analysis back to data used at any point in time.


Data quality ratings

GRANTA MI 2.0 enabled organizations to implement formal data quality systems within their databases. Any item of data can be assigned a quality rating, and this rating can then be used to inform operations performed with the data. This feature helps ensure that data is only used for appropriate purposes. For example, the rating system could be readily configured to allow all available data to be used in identifying candidate materials for a design, while only data passing specific accuracy criteria may be used in the final design process. The quality rating can be specified as a number (e.g., a score or percentage) or a discrete value (e.g., "A-basis", "Good", or "Poor"). The actual system used can be fully specified by the user organization—so, if you already have a quality system, GRANTA MI can now directly incorporate and support it.


CAD, FEA, CAE Integration—Abaqus plug-in, Pro/ENGINEER export

The new Granta Abaqus Plug-in enabled users of the Abaqus/CAE software from the SIMULIA brand of Dassault Systèmes to directly access and use materials property data from a GRANTA MI database, while working in their familiar simulation environment.

The ABAQUS plugin

Accessing GRANTA MI data from within Abaqus

This integration means that engineers using Abaqus/CAE can easily find and apply any data from their corporate materials database for which they have the appropriate authorization. Similarly, Abaqus users will be able to directly access and apply data from Granta’s premier reference databases. The plug-in greatly improves the speed and reliability with which simulation engineers can access the correct data, and avoids the risk of transcription errors while importing this data. In addition to such 'off-the-shelf' plug-in products, GRANTA MI can be integrated with other third-party or in-house applications through its Application Programming Interface.

More on the plug-in...

GRANTA MI 2.0 also improved interoperability with the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire CAD/CAM/CAE software, by enabling data export in the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire file format. These integration capabilities are driven by Granta's partner program. Granta partners with a range of leading engineering software providers in order to optimize interaction with their systems for the benefit of mutual users—other such partners include ANSYS and Siemens PLM (formerly UGS).

More on Granta partners...


Improved graphical user interface

New GRANTA MI toolbar

GRANTA MI got a fresh new look! As the underlying GRANTA MI technology took new strides in terms of its functionality and performance, we also worked with customers to optimize usability and appearance of the browser-based user interface. A new look-and-feel was coupled with changes to the navigation and presentation of system controls to make GRANTA MI easier to learn and use. A major aim of these changes was to make the system more appealing to occasional users, helping customer organizations to encourage use of a single, central, consistent system for accessing materials information.


Miscellaneous enhancements

Other performance and feature enhancements reinforced GRANTA MI's position as the premier materials information system:

  • Speed – many key operations are faster than in previous versions, especially for large databases
  • Control over security—it became easier for suitably-authorized users to view and manage access control settings
  • Data output to CES Selector - for materials experts undertaking more specialist analysis of materials selection problems using Granta's CES Selector software, a new utility enabled the output from GRANTA MI 2.0 of databases in CES Selector format
  • Functional data—users had more control over the formats in which functional data is displayed

New and updated reference data

Granta supplies a wide range of materials and process property information, all of which can be accessed and used with GRANTA MI. A number of these references were updated, enabling improved support for some important engineering applications.

Aerospace alloys for high performance engineering (MMPDS-03)

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MMPDS-03 was the latest version of the pre-eminent reference for design allowable data on the metallic materials used in aerospace and other high-performance engineering applications. This resource was previously known as MIL-Handbook-5. The updated module included both 'live' numerical and graph data, for analysis and export, and PDF copies of the original handbook pages, providing full traceability to the data source. MMPDS-03 includes 11 new alloys and additional data on properties such as strain controlled fatigue, SCC, and modulus of rupture. More on Granta's MMPDS module...


Materials for the energy and process industries (ASME BPVC)

Granta's ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code module provides data from Part II-D of the code, which is the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' authoritative data source on materials used in power plant components (nuclear and conventional) and process industries (chemical, oil, and gas). ASME BPVC has now been extended to provide all of the data (including graphs) from Part II-D. It now included data on 450 materials and tools and enables easy export to engineering software including Abaqus/CAE, ANSYS Workbench, and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire. More on Granta's ASME BPVC module...


Plastics (particularly transparent plastics) and elastomers

Granta provides an extensive library of data covering plastics and elastomers. This includes widely-used and respected references, such as CAMPUS and IDES, which provide detailed data on over 70,000 grades of plastic. A new version of each was provided with GRANTA MI 2.0.

Granta's own Polymer MaterialUniverse provides more generic data designed to support initial screening of materials choices or broad-base comparisons across the whole range of plastic and elastomer materials. Polymer MaterialUniverse was updated in two industrially-important areas:

Transparent plastics—covering more properties and more materials. More on the transparent plastics data...

Elastomers—the rubber section of the data module was completely revised for the new release and a number of new elastomer chemistries added.  The thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) section was first released in 2007 and were updated.  More on elastomer data...

Data on elastomers has been updated


Polymers for medical products, devices, and supplies

Granta's Medical MaterialUniverse data module (an extended version of the MaterialUniverse data) helps if you specify or use materials for medical devices and instruments. You may face the following challenges:

  • How do you ensure an audit trail for your material selection in medical product design?
  • How do you conduct an exhaustive search for the most suitable materials for the design?
  • How do you make that search reproducible?
  • How do you navigate the huge choice of plastic and elastomer grades?

This data was enriched and extended, with more grades covered and more properties provided for each.

More on the Medical MaterialUniverse data module...


Stainless alloys

Data on stainles alloys has been added

Granta now provides a wealth data on stainless steels and nickel alloys as part of the MaterialUniverse data module. This will be of value to you if you design corrosion or heat-resistant components, or supply materials for these applications, and are interested in cost minimization, optimizing durability, or more efficient materials selection in design. The new release paid special attention to:

  • Low nickel stainless steel: 201L and other 200 series
  • Lean duplex (lower nickel) and super duplex (high corrosion resistance)
  • 'N' nitrogen strengthened alloys
  • Super ferritics, super austenitics
  • Cost per kg or lb

More on the stainless alloys data...


Cost optimization and materials rationalization

Pricing data - the latest MaterialUniverse data included a regular update of price estimates for over 3,000 materials types, derived from multiple sources and rationalized using Granta’s price model, refined over several years. This data, integrated with Granta's other materials property data and analysis tools, enables materials-related business decisions in which combinations of technical and economic properties are important. Examples of its application include projects to rationalize the number of materials used across an organization, and to select or substitute materials with the aim of optimizing cost. More on MaterialUniverse...


Design for low carbon footprint and energy efficiency

Eco data was enhanced for the full range of engineering materials. Improvements included updated data on properties that were previously included (e.g., embodied energies, CO2 footprints, recycling and processing energies, recycle fractions) plus a number of new eco properties that were not previously included (e.g., energies for more process types, CO2 footprints for processes and recycling, water usage). More on eco properties...