July 23, 2012
Cambridge, UK—July 23, 2012 Granta Design has announced the launch of a new data module providing searchable access to metals property data from Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), experts on the long-term behavior of metallic materials. The creep and fatigue characterization data generated by NIMS is important for design, maintenance, and overhaul of, for example, power stations and processing plants.
This world-leading data-set results from up to 40 years of continuous testing of metals including steels (e.g., carbon steels, low alloy steels, high chromium steels, and austenitic stainless steels) as well as a wide range of alloys (e.g., Iron-based, Nickel-based, and Cobalt-based alloys). It includes the raw numerical data from detailed creep rupture measurements and fatigue data, which is crucial for materials engineers considering safety and long-term reliability.
The launch of the new data module means that, for the first time, users are able to access and use the underlying raw numerical data as opposed to simply viewing published graphs and figures. The data is now available through the leading materials information management system, GRANTA MI™, which gives easy web browser-based access and allows users to search, plot, and export data for use in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). Installing GRANTA MI on a corporate network can also provide fast, integrated, enterprise-wide access to in-house and other reference data, complementing the NIMS dataset.
Dr. Toshio Ogata, Station Director of the Materials Information Station at NIMS, said, “We are delighted that the valuable creep and fatigue data, resulting from many years of research at NIMS, is now more widely accessible. This will help engineers to create safe, secure, and sustainable products and structures.”
“We were very pleased to be able to work with NIMS to provide full access to the raw numerical data needed in energy and processing plant applications” commented Granta’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr Patrick Coulter. “The availability of this valuable creep and fatigue data within GRANTA MI adds to our range of world-class property data on metals, alloys, and other materials.”
Granta Design Limited are the materials information technology experts. Granta develops the leading software for materials information management in engineering enterprises, and the leading teaching resource for materials engineering education. Granta serves sectors as diverse as aerospace, defense, energy, medical devices, automotive, manufacture of consumer and industrial equipment, materials production, and publishing. Customers realize multi-million dollar benefits in reduced cost, enhanced product performance, improved quality, and faster design turnaround. Granta was founded in 1994 as a spinout from the University of Cambridge and the work of Professors Mike Ashby and David Cebon.
NIMS is Japan’s sole Independent Administrative Institution (IAI) specializing in materials science. NIMS was created through the merger of two National Research Institutes, NRIM (National Research Institute of Metals) and NIRIM (National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials), in April 2001. NIMS is charged with the task of comprehensive management of basic research and development of materials science and to advance the level of expertise in the field. To do this, NIMS also reaches out to other research centers in Japan and around the world. NIMS has its headquarter in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, and has research centers some of which focus on special research and international activities. NIMS has 1,489 staff in total (as of Oct.1, 2011. Fixed-term employees included).