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About GRANTA EduPack

Full access is for educators at an institution with a current license of GRANTA EduPack. If you think we have made a mistake and you should get full access, please contact us using your institution email address via granta.education@ansys.com.

GRANTA EduPack Introductory includes Level 1 and 2 databases from all previous CES EduPack Editions, plus the standard MaterialUniverse database at Level 3. The Eco Audit tool is enabled across all databases.

GRANTA EduPack includes all the Introductory resources, plus all advanced Level 3 databases.
A full complement of advanced selection tools are enabled in all advanced databases, including Enhanced Eco Audit and other tools previously only available in GRANTA Selector.

For a more detailed summary of the data, tools and teaching resources included in each edition, see the GRANTA EduPack Editions page.

 

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Licensing

For 2020, we’re continuing support of existing CES EduPack license models with GRANTA EduPack 2020 Classic and GRANTA EduPack 2020 Introductory Classic. The Classic and Flex-enabled versions of GRANTA EduPack are identical; only the licensing and installation process differ.

Classic is only available to existing customers who need more time to switch over to the server-based, Flex-enabled licensing model. If you think your institution falls into this category, please email the team at granta.education@ansys.com for more information.

The price of GRANTA EduPack depends on the license type you choose, the number of students covered, the amount of data your course requires, and the length of time you want the license to run. Typically, the cost of GRANTA EduPack per student per year is significantly less than the cost of a textbook.

Contact us to find out if GRANTA EduPack would add value to your students.

A trial license of the software is provided during our workshops and training sessions.

Alternatively, if you are not available to join one of our workshops, you can request an online meeting where we can show you the most relevant features in GRANTA EduPack and related teaching resources.

In most cases, this is possible and we are happy to help you do this. Contact us or email granta.education@ansys.com for more information.

There are two types of license, Paid-up (with TECS) and Annual Lease licenses. The Paid-up license is floating concurrent, and includes the software for as long as you wish to use it, plus a one-year TECS (Technical Enhancements and Customer Support) license. As well as Ansys technical support, TECS covers any updates to the software in subsequent years, and access to the Granta Education Hub and Quarterly Case Study sessions. The Annual Lease license covers use of the software and all resources, plus Customer Support, for one year.

In terms of legacy Granta license models, an Ansys Paid-up license with TECS is equivalent to a Perpetual license with maintenance, and Annual Lease is equivalent to Enrolment.

Legacy Granta licensing for 2020 is only available to existing customers who need more time to switch over to the server-based, Flex-enabled licensing model. If you think your institution falls into this category, please email the team at granta.education@ansys.com for more information.

This message appears in two situations:

  1. You are using the flex-enabled version of EduPack, and all your institution’s licenses are currently in use. Wait for one to become available, or manage users on the license server.
  2. You are using the Classic version of EduPack, and your license has expired.

If you want to renew or increase the number of licenses, or you don’t think your license should have expired, you can contact us or email granta.education@ansys.com.

Contact us or email granta.education@ansys.com and the right person will get back to you to help.

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Installation and distribution

You need to create an installation package for your students, so that they can install the software without a My Granta account:

  1. Download the installer
    1. Sign in to your My Granta account on the Education Hub Support page.
    2. Click Download, then click the download link to save the installer.
  2. Make it available to your students
    1. Run the installer (edupack_classic_setup.XXXX.exe or edupack_introductory_classic_setup.XXXX.exe).
    2. Enter your My Granta account information when prompted.
    3. Click Create installation package.
    4. Click Continue. This will create a custom installer in a folder. You can then distribute this folder to other licensed users, and they can run the installer without needing to sign in to My Granta.

You can distribute the installation package using a private network, a VLE, or physical media (e.g. USB stick). Students will need to copy the folder to a local drive before installing.

These instructions are for existing customers who do not have a flex-enabled license. If you are a new customer or have the Flex-enabled version of the software, see How do I install GRANTA EduPack?

To install GRANTA EduPack Classic or GRANTA EduPack Introductory Classic:

  1. Download the installer
    1. Sign in to your My Granta account on the Education Hub Support page.
    2. Click Download, then click the download link to save the installer.
  2. Make it available to your students
    1. Run the installer (edupack_classic_setup.XXXX.exe or edupack_introductory_classic_setup.XXXX.exe).
    2. Enter your My Granta account information when prompted.
    3. Click Create installation package.
    4. Click Continue. This will create a custom installer in a folder. You can then distribute this folder to other licensed users, and they can run the installer without needing to sign in to My Granta.
  3. Install the software
    1. If the files are in a .zip folder, unzip them before proceeding.
    2. Make sure the license file license.lic is in the same folder as the installer, edupack_(introductory_)classic_setup.XXXX.exe.
    3. Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.

To uninstall GRANTA EduPack Classic or GRANTA EduPack Introductory Classic, use Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Over 800 universities use GRANTA EduPack alongside many different VLEs (notably Blackboard). You can have students install the GRANTA EduPack software on home computers or laptops by downloading the software from the VLE, if you have the Classic version, or grant access to the license server to remote students. Aternatively, if the VLE supports features like ‘remote desktop’, then the students can remotely access University computers with GRANTA EduPack installed on them. However, please note that:

  • GRANTA EduPack needs to be traditionally installed and is not a web-based resource.
  • Students cannot download the software; the installation package (with license file or license server details) needs to be put on the VLE if you want to distribute the software this way.

These are the most common issues related to running the installer. Double-check that you:

  • Have extracted the files, if your installer was distributed as a .zip.
  • Aren’t installing or uninstalling any other programs whilst running the installer. This includes any updates running in the background.
  • Have a stable Internet connection. Try re-running the installer with a wired Internet connection, or after moving to a place with better WiFi signal.
  • Have a license file (license.lic) in the same folder as your installer, edupack_(introductory_)classic_setup.XXXX.exe (EduPack Classic users only).

If you are still encountering errors after that, contact your IT administrator.

These instructions are for the flex-enabled version of the software. If you are an existing customer with a Classic license, see How do I install GRANTA EduPack Classic?

To install GRANTA EduPack or GRANTA EduPack Introductory:

  1. Set up license server

All users will need your institution’s Ansys FlexNet license server name and port number.

If your institution currently uses Ansys products, they will already have an Ansys FlexNet license server. However, it must have an up-to-date version of Ansys License Manager to support GRANTA EduPack.

If your institution does not have an Ansys FlexNet server yet, we recommend starting with the Installation and Licensing Help pages and Licensing Guide.

  1. Download the installer
    1. Sign in to the Ansys Customer Portal, and go to Downloads > Current release.
    2. Expand the Primary Packages header and click the GRANTA EduPack button.
    3. Save the .zip file when prompted. This can be distributed to students with the license server name and port number.
  2. Install the software
    1. Extract the files from the .zip.
    2. Double-click the installer edupack_setup.XXXX.exe to run it. You will need to be connected to the Internet and your institution’s network.
    3. Enter the name and port number for your license server.
    4. Continue to follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing.

To uninstall GRANTA EduPack or GRANTA EduPack Introductory, use Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

To install GRANTA EduPack, you will need the following:

  • A compatible Microsoft® Windows® operating system;
    • Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit,
    • Windows 10 32-bit or 64-bit.
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 4 GB of available hard disk space.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.6.2, Microsoft Report Viewer 2010 SP1, and Microsoft VC 141 redistributable.
    • If any of these are not installed, they will be installed during the GRANTA EduPack installation. You may need to restart your computer and the installer. You may need to restart your computer. If you restart your computer, you will have to restart the installer, too.
    • For the French, German, and Spanish language installations, you will also require the appropriate language packs for these, which are usually installed with your OS.
  • Administrator rights and Internet access.

Your students will need to be provided with:

  • The installation package, which you will download from the Ansys Customer Portal (students cannot download the software directly).
  • The name and port number of your institution’s Ansys FlexNet license server.

You can distribute the installation package using a private network, a VLE, or physical media (e.g. USB stick). Students will need to copy the folder to a local drive before installing.

If your institution currently uses Ansys products, they will already have an Ansys FlexNet license server. However, it must have an up-to-date version of Ansys License Manager to support GRANTA EduPack. If your institution does not have an Ansys FlexNet server yet, we recommend starting with the Installation and Licensing Help pages and Licensing Guide.

GRANTA EduPack and GRANTA EduPack Introductory are delivered via download from the Ansys Customer Portal, although it is possible for existing customers to license GRANTA EduPack Classic or GRANTA EduPack Introductory Classic (delivered via download from the Granta Education Hub) if required.

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Using GRANTA EduPack

First, check that your computer is able to connect to your institution’s license server.

Otherwise, if the software is being distributed by your IT department, they will be best placed to help you. If you get stuck, contact Support and we’ll do our best to help. 

Selection charts, record data, and online teaching resources may be reproduced to use with students for educational purposes only, provided that Granta Design Limited is referenced as the source and the copyright holder.

To reproduce data and charts in publications, you must have either:

  1. Prior written permission for every instance from Granta Design Limited, by mail, fax, or email.
  2. A GRANTA Selector for academic research license. This allows your institution to use all data and tools for publications. Find out more about GRANTA Selector for research.

For both of these situations, when referring to GRANTA EduPack in publications, the bibliographic reference is:
“GRANTA EduPack software, Granta Design Limited, Cambridge, UK, YEAR (www.grantadesign.com).”

To reprint images in publications, please see individual image captions for reproduction and copyright information.

We fill out a Voluntary Product Assessment Template (VPAT) form for GRANTA EduPack each year, and can provide it on request.

GRANTA EduPack can be used as a teaching resource to complement several standard Engineering textbooks used on courses worldwide. These books include:

Standard Engineering textbooks
  • Ashby—Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing, and Design; Materials Selection in Mechanical Design; Materials and the Environment; Materials and Sustainable Development; and Materials and Design.
  • Ashby & Jones—Engineering Materials Vol 1 & 2.
  • Askeland and Phulé—The Science and Engineering of Materials.
  • Budinski and Budinski—Engineering Materials, Properties, and Selection.
  • Callister—Materials Science and Engineering, an Introduction.
  • Shackelford—Introduction to Materials Science for Engineers.

At the end of each Science Note in GRANTA EduPack is a further reading section, providing references to textbooks where you can find more information about the property.

New databases can be added on the Change database screen. Click add database and select your database. Additional databases can be downloaded from Granta’s Education Hub. If you have a research project where adding your own data would help you to analyze and visualize the data in your project, then consider using GRANTA Selector.

For students, the online video tutorials, Getting Started exercises and software Help will help them get up to speed quickly.

For educators, we offer various training options:

  • Video tutorials (open access)
  • 1hr quarterly Advanced Industrial Case Study session (included in GRANTA EduPack license)—these online meetings are run by an experienced educator and focus on a topical and industrially-relevant theme.
  • 1.5hr online training session for up to 10 educators (included in GRANTA EduPack license)
  • Workshops (registration fee may apply)—get up to speed on the basics and see some of the more advanced features. Hear from other Materials Educators at other organizations, and get colleagues together to discuss implementation on courses
  • On-site training for up to 20 educators (request pricing information from Ansys Granta)
  • Education webinars (open access) – for GRANTA EduPack teaching inspiration
  • General Granta Design webinars (open access) – for teaching inspiration from an industrial perspective
  • GRANTA EduPack Help, Quick Start Exercises, and Science Notes (included in GRANTA EduPack license)
  • Case studies, exercises and solutions, and other teaching resources on the Granta Education Hub (included in GRANTA EduPack license)

GRANTA EduPack is designed for computers running Windows.  Please note that we are unable to provide specific support or software recommendations for macOS.

However, some students and academics have reported that the following two options allowed them to run CES EduPack on a Mac operating system (both options require you to have a licensed version of Windows):

  • Boot Camp—Boot Camp is software that comes installed with macOS (compatible with macOS 10.6 or later) that allows you to run compatible versions of Microsoft Windows on an Intel-based Mac. As Boot Camp runs the Windows operating system directly, the performance of Windows applications is not affected. The downsides of using Boot Camp are the risks involved with re-partitioning the hard drive and the need to boot into Windows each time you wish to use GRANTA EduPack.
  • Install Windows on a virtual machine on your Mac. This allows you to run Windows software, including GRANTA EduPack, from inside macOS as if it were installed on your Mac.

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