CMH-17 (Mil-Handbook-17)

What is it?
The data that Granta provides is the Mil-Handbook-17 (Volumes 2A & 2F, 4A, 5) version of this leading source of composite test data, which was compiled by what is now known as the Composite Materials Handbook organization (CMH-17).
What is in it?
Data from Volume 2A & 2F (Polymer Matrix Composites), 4A (Metal Matrix Composites), and 5 (Ceramic Matrix Composites). In total, over 1,000 records of test data.
What is it used for?
Supports design and fabrication of end items from composite materials—particularly in the aerospace industry.
Where does it come from?
The CMH-17 organization.
How can I access it?
Via the GRANTA MI materials information system - available within an aerospace reference database that also includes the MMPDS and MaterialUniverse data. Within the CES Selector PC software.

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The Mil-Handbook-17 data provided by Granta contains over 1,000 records of test data for polymer matrix, metal matrix, and ceramic matrix composites. It was developed over many years by a US-based consortium of leading engineering organizations now known as the Composite Materials Handbook (CMH-17) organization.

Using the handbooks in paper or PDF form is useful. But it is time-consuming, does not provide individual property values in a structured form that enables easy search and comparison between materials, and does not automate the output of numbers into simulation programs. Such access can also be highly costly or inconvenient for multiple users spread across an organization.

CMH-17 data in GRANTA MI

Viewing data for a Glass Fiber Composite in the GRANTA MI web browser interface. Users can browse the data using the tree view (left) or use the GRANTA MI search and query capabilities. The system stores and dispays text, numerical, and graph data—the user can click on the graph to export the underlying data to Excel.

In Granta's software, these deficiencies are overcome. The data is delivered in a searchable database form. You spend less time looking for data. You can directly compare performance of different materials for a given application. You can make much more valuable comparisons, because Granta's software allows you to integrate this composite test data with other data sources, such as MMPDS aerospace alloys, and then to perform analyses across these sources. You can output data to simulation programs at a touch of a button and distribute the handbook data to the desktop of every engineers who need them. GRANTA MI is an extremely cost-effective method for such multi-user access to the data.

Support for education

The MMPDS and Mil-Handbook-17 data can also be accessed via CES EduPack for educational purposes. More