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CES Selector 2010

CES Selector provides powerful capabilities for rational materials selection and for plotting and comparing engineering, economic, and environmental properties. This new version strengthens core capabilities, helping users to optimize product performance and cost, and adds new features—particularly for lightweight design using sandwich panel materials, foams, and composites, and for the development and positioning of new materials. In particular, the new Hybrid Synthesizer tool adds a predictive capability that enables the performance of ‘virtual materials’ to be considered alongside other materials in CES Selector.

"What does CES Selector 2010 do for me?"

Your interests Benefits Key new features
Lightweight design You can include materials such as sandwich panels, foams, and composites in materials selection and design. These materials can offer performance, eco, and cost benefits. - Hybrid Synthesizer
- MaterialUniverse data

Evaluating (new) materials against existing options

It is quick and easy to establish how in-house materials and published data compare with standard materials grades. You can present and analyze this information in a clear graphical format.

- User-defined materials
- New & revised data

Materials producers

For sandwich panels and other composites you now have a powerful tool to pre-screen potential materials, saving cost and time.

For all materials, user-defined materials and updated data make it easy to plot the position of a material relative to other options, supporting analysis and marketing.

- Hybrid Synthesizer
- User-defined materials
- New & revised data
Polymer selection You have the latest CAMPUS and IDES information on tens of thousands of polymer grades. IDES links allow you to move seamlessly from a general search of materials space to identify specific plastics grades that fit your needs. - Plastics data & IDES links

Eco design New lightweight design capabilities help when seeking to minimize the impact of products during their use phase. Improved eco data includes better coverage of processes. - Hybrid Synthesizer
- MaterialUniverse data
General use of CES Selector CES Selector 2010 has new and updated data and a series of smaller productivity features that make the software faster and clearer to use.

- New & revised data
- Productivity features
- Training

New software features

Hybrid Synthesizer

Hybrid SynthesizerHybrid Synthesizer is a new add-on tool in CES Selector 2010, enabling you to predict the performance of hybrid materials and structures (such as sandwich panels, foams, lattices and composites) and compare them with other materials in a selection project.

  • Product designers: investigate the benefits of using hybrid materials and structures in your design—identify potential material combinations and configuration details before detailed design
  • Materials suppliers: demonstrate the benefits of materials relative to competing materials for particular applications—such as the use of sandwich panels in weight-critical designs
  • Materials development teams: investigate and identify new hybrid systems that exhibit unique combinations of properties—focus your development on material systems that offer performance benefits for your target application 

Use of this tool to assess the performance of sandwich panel structures is also supported by the addition of new reference data on core materials within the MaterialUniverse data module, available with the CES Selector Basic Edition.

Read more on Hybrid Synthesizer 

User-defined materials

A user-defined material plotted on a materials selection chart for comparison against a range of polymers. The chart plots cost against volume for a given stiffness for a beam in bending. Click for a larger imageIt is now quick and easy to add materials to graphs and selection projects in CES Selector. Just one mouse-click opens a simple form in which you can enter a material name and any properties that you wish to consider.

This enables instant comparison of your own materials, or new materials, with the full range of materials represented in CES Selector. The feature is particularly useful for materials development, for positioning materials when marketing them, and for assessing materials options.

(Note, for more extensive database customization & editing use CES Constructor).

Productivity features

Improved menu options—interacting with a graph

CES Selector 2010 offers a number of usability improvements that will speed up materials selection projects:

  • Some CES Selector databases store properties as range values—indicating the range in performance expected within a generic class of material. There is now an option to convert these ranges to average values throughout the database. This provides clarity on charts and enables materials to be selected based on average, rather than min or max values.
  • Typically a selection project will include multiple stages; it is now possible to easily switch individual stages on or off without losing the detail of the stage. This allows you to quickly see the impact of individual constraints on your selection results.
  • A new "Material Form" attribute makes it easy to identify materials that take a particular form (for example, unidirectional composites, wires, etc.) and to filter those materials out of selection results.
  • It's now faster to see and choose menu options in CES Selector through the addition of a right-click menu to datasheets, charts, and the results list—the menu is context sensitive, showing only relevant options
  • The standard reports generated by the CES Selector selection software and the Eco Audit Tool can now be exported directly to Word.

New data

MaterialUniverse data

  • A new ‘Core material’ subset has been added to the MaterialUniverse containing over 250 materials commonly used as the core in sandwich panels. This includes 117 new records covering the following generic classes:
    • 86 honeycombs (Aluminum, Nomex, GRFP, impregnated paper, stainless steel, PC, PP, PEI)
    • 24 rigid polymer foams (PET, PEI, PU, SAN)
    • 7 natural materials (end-grain balsa, cork-board)
  • The data for Sheet and  Bulk Molding Compounds has been review and updated to  cover a wider range of grades (10 records)
  • The material price data for over 3,000 materials in MaterialUniverse have been updated to reflect current world prices.
  • The environmental process data has been expanded to include all standard composite manufacturing processes.
  • The Eco-indicator 99 value has been added, alongside the existing Eco-indicator 95 values, providing a further option for ranking on environmental performance

Plastics data and Prospector Plastics links

The latest version of the CAMPUS Plastics data provides updated information on over 5,000 resins from over 20 major vendors. All data is measured according to strict CAMPUS ISO standards.

The Prospector Plastics ( 'IDES Plastics') data has also been updated, providing comprehensive coverage of plastics grades, with 77,000 plastics property datasheets from over 725 suppliers.

In addition, links have been added between plastics in the MaterialUniverse data module and corresponding grades in Prospector Plastics. MaterialUniverse contains data on over 3,000 generic engineering materials types, aiming to provide broad coverage of materials space. You can use this data for initial materials selection, efficiently identifying the types of plastic that fit your engineering application. Having identified the most likely generic candidates, you can now click straight through to specific purchasable plastic grades in the IDES database and analyze these in more detail.


A revised CES Selector training program aims to make it even easier for new users to get up-to-speed with CES Selector, and for experienced users to get the most from their system. Options include:

  • 'Introduction to CES' (1 hour web meeting—Overview of selection methodology, highlights key features and frequently used tools. Session includes: presentations, demonstrations, and material selection case studies.
  • 'Introduction to CES + customer case study' (1.5 hour web meeting)—As above, plus one customer-based case study.
  • 'CES Selector workshop' (1 day, on-site)—Review of selection methodology, material indices, key software features and frequently used tools. Includes: presentations, demonstrations and hands-on customer case studies.

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