Composites QED

What is it?
Reference data module containing design data, materials pedigree, and supporting test data for established composite materials systems (used in the aerospace industry)
What is in it?
A compilation of data for over 40 composite materials systems, including design data values, information on constituent materials (fiber reinforcements, polymer matrices, intermediates and laminates) and supporting test data (including over 7,500 test data curves) for up to four standard conditions
What is it used for?
Supports Qualification, Equivalency, and Design programs in the aerospace industry
Where does it come from?
NCAMP (and previously AGATE) process for qualification of materials systems
How can I access it?
Via the GRANTA MI materials information system as a standalone database that can be used alongside other aerospace & energy data.


Description

The Composites QED data module contains design data, materials pedigree, and supporting test data for over 40 established composite materials systems used in the aerospace industry. The data can be used on its own for access to design data and to support materials selection and screening, or in combination with proprietary data to support qualification processes, including generation of design allowables, proof of equivalency, and variability analysis. The data is provided within the GRANTA MI materials information management system, making it quick and easy to browse, query, and apply through a simple web browser user interface.

A particular strength of GRANTA MI is its ability to capture and efficiently present the key relationships between the materials and property data that it stores. This makes it ideal for storing composite data—you can, for example, view information about a laminate, see which materials are used in the individual layers within that laminate, and click through directly to records that describe the properties of those materials. All released documents relating to the qualified materials described in the data module are also stored—you can instantly review the full pedigree for the data that you are using.

Comparing composites compression test data in the new Composites QED data module.

Comparing composites compression test data in the new Composites QED data module.

The same database structure used to store the Composites QED data can be used to store your in-house composite data. This means that GRANTA MI can provide an integrated composite data management environment in which you can capture your corporate composite knowledge, compare in-house data with external reference information, and use this combined resource to eliminate invalid results, generate design allowables, or establish equivalency—proving that your process produces the same properties as the established material, thus reducing the need for further analysis.

Find out more about the GRANTA MI:Composites Package 


What data is included?

New data

A compilation of data for over 40 composite materials systems, including design data values, information on constituent materials (fiber reinforcements, polymer matrices, intermediates and laminates) and supporting test data (including over 7,500 test data curves) for up to four standard conditions. This data is drawn from the following two globally-renowned aerospace industry projects, driven by NASA and its industry partners.

AGATE—Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments. This project was initiated 1995 by NASA to promote the use of affordable high performance composite materials in the general aviation industry. Its completion in 2001 signalled the development of an efficient composite material qualification and property data acquisition process. These processes and the materials which had been used during their development are included in the data module, along with the full reports. This allows users to access the AGATE multibatch material qualification program, the material property data, material and process specifications, and other necessary pedigree information, as deployed during the project.

NCAMP. Following on from AGATE, NASA supported the creation of a permanent center within the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (Wichita, KS), the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP). NCAMP is a continuing project and the data set will continue to grow as more materials are produced, process tested and qualified. The Composites QED data module will be kept up-to-date with this new data as it is published.

Read about Granta's agreement with N-CAMP 


Other relevant Granta data

Users of the Composites QED data will be interested in the CMH-17 (formerly Mil-Handbook-17) data and the Firehole Composites data, which can also be accessed within the same GRANTA MI materials information system, in a parallel database. GRANTA MI thus provides a unique 'one-stop' system for both reference data and in-house data relating to composites.