SteelSpec

What is it? SteelSpec is an electronic version of the Steel Specification Book, providing excellent coverage of UK, European, and US Steel Standards: ASTM Standards, British Standards (including BS EN ISO, BS EN, BS ISO and BS), and UNS / SAE / AISI / ASTM Standards.
What is in it? It contains searchable data on chemical composition and properties of around 4,000 steel specifications. Properties include Standard information, composition, mechanical properties, heat treatments, and links to related material or Standard data.
What is it used for? Finding properties, finding steels with a given property-set or composition, comparing steels, finding alternatives—for example, to a withdrawn standard.
Where does it come from? The paper version of the Steel Specification Book is published by UK Steel. The 14th edition was published in April 2013.
How can I access it? Via the GRANTA MI materials information system or the CES Selector PC software.

Description

SteelSpec is an electronic version of the Steel Specification Book published by UK Steel, the 14th paper edition of which was published in April 2013. It contains searchable data on chemical composition and properties of around 4,000 steel specifications contained in UK, European and popular US Standards notably from Standards Bodies BS, EN, ASTM, and SAE. The Granta data module makes this data available on your desktop computer, alongside your choice from a wide range of reference data that includes not only other leading steels and metals references, but authoritative data on the full range of engineering materials. You can also manage your company's in-house materials data in the same system. The result is that this valuable steels reference source becomes easy to browse, search, and use, and part of an integrated resource where you can quickly find and apply all of the materials data that you need.

Comparing the chemical compositions of UNS Duplex Steel Standards using the SteelSpec database

Comparing the chemical compositions of UNS Duplex Steel Standards using the SteelSpec database

What data is included?

The data in the Steelspec data module is grouped according to the following US, European, and UK standards bodies:

  • ASTM Standards
  • British Standards (including BS EN ISO, BS EN, BS ISO and BS)
  • UNS / SAE / AISI / ASTM Standards

For each of the steel Standards covered, you will find a datasheet providing:

  • Standard information (issuing authority, year of issue, status, etc.)
  • Composition
  • Mechanical properties specified in the Standard (e.g. Tensile Strength, Yield Strength, Elongation)
  • Heat treatments specified in the Standard
  • Links to other grades in the Standard, other instances of this material in the database, and current versions of the Standard, if you are viewing a Standard that has been withdrawn—this is particularly useful when looking for substitutes for withdrawn standards

The data module contains PDF excerpts from the Steel Specification Book that tabulate data for materials from parts of the data set, providing a useful summary. Of course, you can use the Granta software tools to create your own tables and charts using the software.

Access via GRANTA MI or CES Selector

The GRANTA MI materials information system provides a single system within which you can store all of your corporate materials data and access it easily via a web browser interface or through embedded applications in CAD and CAE software. Browse, search, and apply SteelSpec via either of these routes.

CES Selector is a powerful PC software application providing advanced graphical analysis of materials data and specialist tools to support materials selection and substitution. Access SteelSpec within CES Selector to create stunning materials property charts and use the data in in-depth selection studies.

Applications

Using this data, you can perform tasks such as:

  • Searching for a material by name, or part of a name, e.g., searching for "X10" brings up all steels whose designations contain this string - such as. X10CrNi 18-8.
  • Finding steels with a given composition
  • Finding steels with given mechanical properties
  • Comparing several steels side-by-side
  • Finding alternatives to a withdrawn standard