What Was New in GRANTA MI 1.2?

Introducing GRANTA MI 1.2

Granta is committed to maintaining GRANTA MI as the leading enterprise system for materials information management. Regular update releases deliver new features and performance improvements, guided by input from our customers, while keeping pace with changing systems requirements. This regular maintenance means that your materials information system stays up-to-date, with no need to invest in-house IT resources to upgrade it.

Here you can find information about some prior releases:

  • GRANTA MI 1.2, described below, was released in 2006
  • GRANTA MI 1.1. is described here...

What's new by application area

Read below, or click, to see what's new for:

New features

Readers more familiar with GRANTA MI may prefer to read the detail of new features:

  • Data-to-data links
  • Embedded media
  • GRANTA MI:EMO (Enterprise Materials Optimizer)
  • Improved language support
  • Better handling of images
  • Improved search and selection
  • New Import/Export capabilities
  • Updates and enhancements to related data modules

What's new by application area

Aerospace and other high performance engineering

Viewing MMPDS information in PDF format. Click for a larger image.GRANTA MI 1.2 updates key references, provides comprehensive materials data management for aerospace, and helps ABAQUS and ANSYS users. Improvements include:

  • Easy access to the new MMPDS-02, alongside the latest ESDU MMDH. These are the authoritative sources for property information on aerospace alloys.
  • Instant tracing of data. Users can now link any item of property data directly to information about its pedigree – for example, the document from which it was sourced, or the test results from which it was derived.
  • Materials experts can store, search for, and view all of their data in one system, regardless of format. For example, photomicrographs, which contain very important information about alloys or composites, no longer need to be kept in a separate system for pictorial data. GRANTA MI now handles any document type including images, PDF and Microsoft Office documents, movies, and audio.
  • Interfaces that help users of engineering simulation tools from ANSYS and ABAQUS to find and import the materials data that they need.

Relevant new features:

  • Data-to-data links
  • Embedded media
  • Data updates and enhancements
  • Improved language support
  • Better handling of images
  • Improved search and selection
  • New Import/Export capabilities

GRANTA MI can handle materials data in any format—for example, pictures such as these micrographsMaterials science labs

Materials experts dealing with composites, alloys, ceramics, or plastics can now use GRANTA MI to store, search for, and view images, PDF and Word documents, spreadsheets, movies, and audio along with numbers and text. Every item of materials data, from property values, through spreadsheets containing rolled-up test data, to photomicrographs of materials microstructures can now be captured and held in one place. This data is integrated with specialized analysis tools that study tensile, compression, creep, fatigue, fracture toughness, and other properties.

GRANTA MI 1.2 also offers new features that help to capture and explore the context of materials data. Any data can now be linked directly to any other data or document in the system. This allows users, for example, to connect a property value to the document from which it was sourced or to the test results and analysis from which it was derived.

Materials science laboratories can use GRANTA MI to eliminate the risk of lost data, to prevent unnecessary duplication of tests, and to ensure that material properties used in design are fully traceable. GRANTA MI helps them to better serve their stakeholders, customers, and collaborators by raising productivity, increasing reliability, and improving the quality of reports and analyses.

Relevant new features:

  • Data-to-data links
  • Embedded media
  • Better handling of images
  • Improved search and selection
  • New Import/Export capabilities

Rationalizing materials usage

Companies aiming to save money by establishing a preferred materials list, or by rationalizing the number of different materials specified by their designers, can now get help from GRANTA MI:EMO, the new Enterprise Materials Optimizer. This software builds on Granta’s expertise in materials selection to enable selection by functional requirements to be combined with an overall objective such as minimizing cost.

Among the range of applications for this powerful approach, perhaps the most interesting are those that address economic, as well as technical, issues.  Manufacturing companies can now answer questions such as “are we using the most cost-effective materials?” or “can we achieve a 5% reduction in the number of grades we specify, while being confident we will not lose product performance?”.  Materials producers can ask “are our customers using the best materials to maximize their, and our, profitability?” or “our customer is using one of our competitors’ materials: can we offer any performance benefit by substituting one of our grades, and still come in cheaper?”

EMO helps to answer questions such as these – and does so in a systematic way well-suited to providing structured justification data for inclusion in reports. 


MMPDS users

For users of the authoritative reference for alloy 'design allowable' properties in aerospace engineering, MMPDS, GRANTA MI 1.2 is a major step forward. Now you can access the latest version of the data, MMPDS-02, integrated with GRANTA MI.

New data-linking and embedded media features will mean that MMPDS data values in the GRANTA MI database can be connected directly to PDF documents containing the original handbook pages. You will be able to search the data quickly and easily, and then immediately connect to the relevant handbook pages to assess the context for this data.

Granta provides a cost-effective, straightforward, and powerful means to deploy MMPDS to all of your materials experts and engineers.

For more on the MMPDS data, see the MMPDS information in the data products section.

Relevant new features:

  • Data-to-data links
  • Embedded media
  • Data updates and enhancements

Plastics: Environmental stress cracking

GRANTA MI 1.2 makes it easier for users of plastics to analyze materials usage, saving time and cost, to identify and avoid issues related to environmental stress cracking (ESC), to optimize polymer selection, and to manage, use, and share information about their materials.

Click for a larger image -- studying plastics data using GRANTA software. <<< Which materials have high strength and low cost, and are resistant to ESC failure?  Plot from Granta software shows the better candidates and flags up those with higher risk (click for higher resolution image).

ESC, cracking due to the combined action of stress and fluid environment, is a critical issue when designing with plastics, and a major source of in-service product failure. It has always been hard to design against ESC due to the lack, or complexity, of data covering the performance of different materials in different chemical environments and under different stress conditions. GRANTA MI 1.2 provides simple guidance on ESC performance of plastics and integrates it with analysis tools that make it easy to study and compare materials and to flag up ESC problems during design.

The release also offers enhanced data on the permeability and biodegradability of plastics – information that will be useful in areas including eco-design, packaging, and medical devices.

Relevant new features:

  • GRANTA MI:EMO (Enterprise Materials Optimizer)
  • Data updates and enhancements

Publishers of scientific or engineering information

A mix of image, text, and structured numerical data presented within the easy-to-navigate GRANTA MI browser interface. Click for  a larger image.GRANTA MI 1.2 provides some exciting new possibilities for publishers of information relating to materials, whether they are commercial publishers, scientific societies or associations, or even the teams responsible for curating and sharing information within an enterprise.

GRANTA MI helps you to present information in a clear, structured, and searchable manner. New linking capabilities in version 1.2 make it easy to establish connections between items of data stored in GRANTA MI. This provides much richer possibilities for presenting and studying information. New features allowing any media to be embedded within the GRANTA MI database mean that materials data can be combined with images, movies, PDF documents, HTML pages, or any other document type.

GRANTA MI enables powerful on-line information resources in materials science and engineering, making them easy to create, maintain, and use.

Relevant new features:

  • Data-to-data links
  • Embedded media
  • Improved language support
  • Better handling of images
  • Improved search and selection

German-speaking users

The GRANTA MI user interface is now available in German.

Relevant new features:

  • Improved language support

East Asian language-based users

GRANTA MI now handles East Asian characters, allowing you to store and search textual data in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

Relevant new features:

  • Improved language support