CAMPUS and M-Base Plastics

What is it? A quality, comprehensive source of plastics and applications data, integrated with all of the other materials data you need, and with tools to apply this data. Available in English and German languages.
What is in it? Plastic and elastomer manufacturers' datasheets measured to ISO and/or ASTM standards. Within these 53,000 datasheets is the CAMPUS data set of engineering plastics measured to specific ISO standards for a high degree of comparability between material properties. There is also a unique set of hundreds of application examples, showing how the polymer grades covered in the data have been applied in industry. The database also provides excellent coverage of biopolymers.
What is it used for? Materials selection, materials substitution, comparison and study of specific polymer grades, input for FEA and simulation.
Where does it come from? M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH, widely-respected experts in polymer data.
How can I access it? Via the GRANTA MI materials information system (including MI:Materials Gateway integration with CAD or CAE) and within the CES Selector software.


The CAMPUS and M-Base Plastics data module is a comprehensive source of quality data on plastics and their applications, compiled from manufacturers' data by polymer data experts M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH. Granta licenses the data for use within the GRANTA MI and CES Selector software, enabling you to:

  • Access this rich data source on polymers, elastomers, and biopolymers through the same system as all of the other materials data that you need (both reference data and your in-house data).
  • Use fast, simple tools to search and apply the data (including options for web-based access or within CAD, CAE, and PLM)
  • Apply tools enabling data comparison, graphing, materials selection, and substitution

The CAMPUS and M-Base Plastics data module includes the CAMPUS data set, covering around 4,500 engineering plastics measured to specific ISO standards (ISO 10350 for Single-Point data and ISO 11403-1,-2 for Multi-Point data) for full comparability. The Granta tools make it quick and easy to search within this data set to and generate graphs and comparison tables in order to consider the merits of one plastic grade against another.

In addition, the data module provides over 30,000 records covering commodity plastics and biopolymers, all measured to either ISO or ASTM standards. This resource is searchable by any attribute—for example, find a plastic by searching for one of its tradenames, or find all plastics that fit a given property profile.

Also included is an extensive database of application examples. With pictures and supporting text, these show how the plastics grades described in the data module have been applied in industry. Search by application name, industry, or which material was used. Links between application information and the datasheets describing relevant grades enable you to query the data. Find suitable grades for a given application or applications for a grade.

The data has wide industry applicability, across fields including automotive, materials production, aerospace, consumer products, and industrial equipment. Both English and German language versions are available.

Browsing M-Base Plastics data within the GRANTA MI software.

Browsing M-Base Plastics data within the GRANTA MI software.

What data is included?

Key features of the data are:

  • The full M-Base collection of ~53,000 plastic and elastomer manufacturers' datasheets, with worldwide coverage
  • All data is measured to ISO or ASTM standards
  • Tradenames are included, making it even easier to find plastics of interest
  • Properties stored vary according to manufacturer and grade, but typically include:
    • General information: classes, delivery forms, processing, notes on applications
    • Rheological information: melt volume-flow rate, molding shrinkage...
    • Mechanical properties: tensile, yield, shear stress, viscosity...
    • Thermal properties: melting, glass transition, softening, thermal expansion...
    • Electrical properties: permittivity, dissipation, resistivity...
    • Processing: applicable processes and key thermal/physical data...
    • Chemical resistance to acids, bases, alcohols...
    • Producers: who produces the grade?
  • As well as single point data, the data module includes thousands of examples of multi-point 'curve' data (for example, for creep, stress/strain, rheological properties, and temperature dependence)—the Granta software enables users to extract data points, interpolate, and use this data in design
  • Within the data module is the CAMPUS dataset of 4,500 engineering plastics measured to ISO 10350 and ISO 11403-1,-2 standards, for full comparability
  • Applications data—over 700 examples with pictures and descriptive text for applications, linked to relevant grades
  • Strong coverage of biopolymers, with over 600 examples in the data set
  • Availability by global region, providing guidance on which plastics to specificy based on your market or supply chain
  • Records are linked to corresponding plastics records in Granta's MaterialUniverse data module. Users can apply MaterialUniverse to explore the full range of materials possibilities when considering material selection or substitution, then 'drill down' to detailed data on specific grades in the M-Base and CAMPUS Plastics data.

An integrated database of application examples helps users with materials selection decisions.

An integrated database of application examples helps users with materials selection decisions.

Accessing via Granta software

GRANTA MI—CAMPUS and M-Base is available as a data module within the GRANTA MI materials information management system, providing quick and easy web browser-based access to the data. Within this environment, it can be integrated into a single database that also includes the ChemRes and Prospector Plastics (previously "IDES Plastics") data.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software—by hosting the data within your GRANTA MI system, you can make it easily accessible within your CAD or CAE software. You can export the data for use within applications such as Abaqus, ANSYS, CATIA, Creo, or Pro/ENGINEER. Through GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway, you can access MaterialUniverse data directly within applications including Abaqus/CAE, Pro/ENGINEER, and Creo.

CES Polymer Selector—browse, search, and plot data using the CES Selector decision-support tools. The data is integrated with other plastics data, and ideal for helping to focus in on specific plastics grades during materials selection.


Using this data, you can perform tasks such as:

  • Select plastics for a specific application
  • Find suitable substitutes for plastics that have become expensive, unavailable, or impacted by regulation
  • Access quality plastics data for FEA or simulation
  • Research the properties of specific polymer or elastomer grades, and compare different grades