Journeying across the pond to Ottawa, Canada, members of the Granta Design Restrictive Substances team participated in a committee meeting to discuss the IPC-1754 (“Materials Declaration Standard for Aerospace and Defense”) standard. Arising out of an initiative by the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG), the IPC-1754 standard establishes requirements for material and chemical substance data exchange between suppliers and their customers for aerospace and defense, heavy equipment, and other such industries.
A ballot held at the committee meeting ended with 80% approval for the standard. Although it is now approved, the committee has accepted the standard has some technical issues that need to be addressed. This will trigger a re-ballot during the summer, which will concern areas where technical changes have been made to address comments. It is expected that the standard will be published on schedule in late October-December 2017.
Granta’s participation in these discussions came in part to our role as a coordinator of PLEIADES. For those unfamiliar with it, PLEIADES is a collaborative project within Clean Sky 2, the European program to enable environmental improvements in next-generation aircraft. It aims to integrate and ensure effective use of both primary and secondary data on materials, processes, and products within aerospace engineering workflows.
Within PLEIADES, Rolls-Royce acts as Topic Manager to ensure that objectives surrounding ‘Sustainable and Green Engines’ are met. Together with thinkstep, a specialist in sustainability software, Granta has the role of Project partner, and further expertise comes from the University of Stuttgart, and the University of Surrey.
The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) Authorization List has been updated to include 12 new substances, bringing the total to 43 substances. REACH is a European Union regulation that addresses the production and use of chemical substances to provide a high level of protection for human health and the environment.
Its remit also includes the enhancement of innovation within the EU chemicals industry, and to promote the use of alternative assessment methods. Granta Design will be incorporating the changes to the REACH Authorisation List in the July release of its Restricted Substances Data Module, which provides the database component of the GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances package.
The GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances package enables customers to combine in-house datasets on their materials and specifications, together with high-quality datasets provided by Granta on legislations and lists, restricted substances, engineering and coating materials, and industry specifications.
Using Granta analysis tools, a company’s material and process portfolio can be risk-assessed to identify compliance and obsolescence risks, enabling effective mitigation strategies to be put in place. Using Granta’s CAD and PLM integration tools, minimal risk and compliance can be ensured in new design, while other tools enable companies to risk-assess and produce compliance reports on legacy products.
The oversight and development of this package is in collaboration with the Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium who have recently announced their latest new member, Bombardier Aerospace.
Granta’s very own Professor Michael Ashby is one of just six scientists to receive one of the 2017 International Congress on Fracture‘s highest honors, an Alan H. Cottrell Gold Medal.
In terms of sheer coolness, very few things come close to NASA – especially if you happen to be an avid Sci-Fi fan like me. With that in mind, two stories that emphasise the critical role materials selection plays in the quest towards space exploration have caught my eye.
Develop3D’s Al Dean gets his hands on the latest version of CES Selector, in a review that asks us to ‘imagine the benefits that could be derived from making smarter, more informed material decisions’.
Our very own Stephen Warde has been interviewed for the blog of one of the major providers of CAD/PLM software. Speaking to PTC, Steve highlights the difficulties faced by design engineers and the impact materials have on the ultimate cost and performance of a product.
“Are you innovating with intent?” seems like a simple question but if your company doesn’t have a good materials information strategy in place, the answer will most likely be “No”. In our latest blog post, you’ll discover how companies like Ethicon Endo-Surgery are innovating and raising their materials IQ.
Welcome to the third in our series in which we meet the Granta team. We spoke with our colleague Rhys to find out everything, from what he most enjoys about being a Software Tester to which historical figure provides him with a daily dose of inspiration. We’re always looking for like-minded individuals who have passion and drive to make positive changes to our software development; take a look at our current opportunities if you think this could be you.
“My typical day encompasses a wide range of manual and automated testing. One minute I might be verifying the functionality of a new interactive feature, while the next I’ll find myself working on code to deploy and configure our products on virtual machines via TeamCity. Working closely with the developers within an Agile environment, I know my input is always valued during our sprint planning meetings, and my regular involvement in maintaining JIRA issues helps to create an audit trail of how we are constantly improving our software.
Successful products require Engineers and Designers to collaborate, often around materials choices: balancing performance with aesthetics for the ideal product experience. Engineering curricula don’t always recognise the importance of this connection. Engineers and Designers get only a limited understanding of each other’s work, while Materials is often an under-appreciated subject. Cambridge Engineering Professor, Mike Ashby, published the book “Materials and Design” in 2009 and has worked on several learning tools to inspire Design and Engineering students about each other’s subjects, and about materials. But it has proved hard to marry the quantitative engineering perspective with descriptions of aesthetics that are often variable and culturally-dependent.