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

It is built on the same principles as the CES EduPack software but provides more powerful specialist tools, extensive materials property data, and advanced graphical analysis for research centres and advanced teaching. Compare GRANTA Selector and CES EduPack here.


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 teaching/research requirements. Choose from:

  • Editions providing tailored data: Base, Additive Manufacturing, Aero, Metal, Polymer, and Medical
  • Optional software tools: FE Exporters, Eco Audit Tool, Synthesizer Tool, CES Constructor
  • A range of additional databases: see below.

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.

Metals & alloys

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

MMPDS – The authoritative source of alloy data for aerospace design.

StalhDat SX – The register of European steels.

ESDU – European design data for aerospace.


CAMPUS and M-Base Plastics – 6,000+ plastics grades measured to the same ISO Standard plus an additional 30,000 records covering commodity plastics and biopolymers measured to ISO or ASTM standards, combined with application information.

Prospector Plastics – Nearly 80,000 plastics datasheets from 870 suppliers.

Composites & Additive Manufacturing

Mil-Handbook-17 – Test data for composites.

Firehole Composites – Data for continuous fiber reinforced polymer composites.

Senvol Database™ – Details of over 1,750 AM machines and more than 950 compatible materials.


Medical MaterialUniverse extends MaterialUniverse with medical and food grade data.

GRANTA Selector also links to the online ASM Medical Materials Database.



JAHM Curve Data – An extensive library of temperature-dependent material property data.

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.

For advanced teaching

See how students are engaged at advanced levels, particularly through project work. Compare GRANTA Selector and CES EduPack.