November 6, 2014
Cambridge, UK – November 06, 2014 Granta Design today announced an agreement with Wichita State University’s (WSU) National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), Wichita, KS, USA, under which NCAMP’s comprehensive resource of composite design and test data will be available to users of the GRANTA MI materials information management system. Granta already provides NCAMP data to the leading engineering enterprises that use its software, particularly in the aerospace and defense sectors. The new agreement will deliver more in-depth data to these user organizations, as well as securing access to future updates and ensuring fast delivery of data updates. These companies will be able to further build up their resources of composite test and design data, enabling comparison and analysis alongside in-house data, and thus faster and more reliable qualification of composite systems.
Composite specification and design values developed using the NCAMP process are accepted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency per FAA Memorandum AIR100-2010-120-003 and EASA Certification Memorandum CM-S-004. NCAMP stemmed from NASA’s 1995 Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiment (AGATE).
Instead of qualifying an entire material system, aircraft manufacturers can pull a system from the NCAMP database, prove equivalency and gain certification in a quicker and cheaper manner than a typical qualification approach. Material suppliers can work with NCAMP to qualify material systems without having to be linked to an ongoing aircraft certification program.
Granta Design provides GRANTA MI™, the leading system for materials information management in engineering enterprises. GRANTA MI has been optimized for the challenges of managing complex composite data, in collaboration with industrial partners in the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC). NCAMP data can be delivered within GRANTA MI, where it is fully integrated not only with material property reference data on composites, metals and plastics from a wide range of other respected materials data sources, but also with an organization’s own proprietary composite data from testing, QA, research and production. User organizations experience significant productivity benefits, since materials engineers and product designers have just one place to go to find the data that they need. The system also makes it easy to search and compare data from different sources, easing analysis and supporting innovation. For example, your own test data can instantly be compared with NCAMP property values during qualification.
“We’re pleased to be working with Granta to provide access to the NCAMP data within the GRANTA MI system, making it even easier to apply this valuable data and use it alongside proprietary results,” said Dr. John Tomblin, NCAMP director and WSU V.P. for research and technology transfer at Wichita State.
“NCAMP data is the gold standard source for composite test and design data in aerospace and similar applications,” said Dr. Will Marsden, Director of Industry Relations at Granta. “We’re delighted to have secured enhanced access to current and future versions of this data for our users.”