What is GRANTA Selector?

Provides specialist tools, extensive materials property data, and advanced graphical analysis to support materials research and selection for both academia and industry.

GRANTA Selector is the new name for GRANTA Selector – the standard tool for materials selection and graphical analysis of materials properties in industry. At universities, it is used in research projects to quickly identify solutions to complex material issues.

It is built on the same principles as the GRANTA EduPack software but provides access to the materials property databases used in industry and is licensed for use in research. 


Key benefits of GRANTA Selector

An encyclopaedia of materials properties, from Granta Design and other leading information providers— metals, plastics, composites, ceramics, and natural materials. 

Quick access to information, with keyword searching tuned for materials terminology and designations, or materials property queries. e.g. find a specific material grade; or find and export data for use in simulation.

Materials property charting tools enable you to quickly create interactive charts: explore, understand, and communicate about materials and their properties.

Rational materials selection tools that make it straightforward to apply the systematic selection methods developed by Prof Mike Ashby.

Compare materials from the database with each other or with your own materials using features such as comparison tables, or the ‘find similar’ tool.

With GRANTA Selector, you can customize the software based on your research requirements. Choose from:

  • Advanced materials data bundles: Metals, Polymers, Composites, Aero, Medical, Additive Manufacturing (see below)
  • Optional software tools: FE Exporters, Eco Audit Tool, Synthesizer Tool, 

What materials data is available?


Granta’s unique dataset of 3,500 material types. There are no ‘holes’ in the data (every property is populated), making it ideal for comparisons and material selection. MaterialUniverse records link to related records in other, specialist datasets, making it an invaluable index to the encyclopedia of data in GRANTA Selector. Included with every copy of GRANTA Selector.


An optional data bundle:

ASME BPV Code – Materials data for power and process applications.

Global Metals Specifications – A vast collection of specification datasheets, including data from MI-21, ASM, StahlDat, and SteelSpec.

Powder Metallurgy – the Global Powder Metallurgy database.

Sheet Steels – Mechanical and processing information on sheet steels.


An optional data bundle:

M-Base Plastics – A quality source of information on plastics and elastomers from M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH.

Prospector Plastics – Tens of thousands of datasheets for plastic grades, listing ASTM and ISO properties. Mechanical, Impact, Thermal, Electrical, and Flammability properties.


An optional data bundle:

Mil-Handbook-17 – data from Volumes 2A, 2F, 4A and 5 of this leading source of composite test data, compiled by what is now known as the Composite Materials Handbook organization. In total, over 1,000 records of test data.

Firehole Composites – Data for continuous fiber reinforced polymer composites.


An optional data bundle:

MMPDS – the Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardization data and its predecessor, MIL-HDBK-5, are the preeminent sources for aerospace component design allowables relating to alloys and fasteners.

Coatings – property data on surface treatments commonly used in aerosapce

Additive Manufacturing

An optional data module:

The Senvol Database is the first and most comprehensive database of AM machines and materials. Search and compare materials, identify and compare machines, and focus on the most likely routes to achieve project goals as you research AM options.


MaterialUniverse includes specialist medical and food grade data.

GRANTA Selector also links to the online ASM Medical Materials Database, which can be licensed by purchasing a separate subscription.  You can then move instantly from a selection project to detailed material property and biological response data, plus data on FDA-approved medical devices.



JAHM Curve Data – An extensive library of temperature-dependent material property data. JAHM Curve Data is included with every copy of GRANTA Selector.

Arrange a meeting

The best way to evaluate GRANTA Selector is to see it in action. Arrange an online meeting during which we can discuss your work and show you how GRANTA Selector can help.

For research

Find out how GRANTA Selector is applied by browsing peer-reviewed papers and example databases developed by users.

More on GRANTA Selector

For more information visit the Selector pages on the industry section of this website.