Elsevier Adds Polymer Matrix Composites Database to Knovel

New decision support resource helps users interactively screen and select new composite materials to create innovative engineering designs

New York, January 12, 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of the Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database. The new database helps companies replace existing materials or select new composites during the engineering research and design process, helping engineering teams increase efficiency in the early materials selection stage, lower costs of testing and maintenance, and ultimately improve material performance.

The Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database is an interactive compilation of composite tensile, shear, flexural, compressive and impact properties data for engineers involved in the component design process. Content within the database has been sourced from multiple providers and has been uniquely curated by subject matter experts. Organized into multiple tables, the database includes mechanical, thermophysical and processing properties data, along with relevant application information and safety data. The database is the only commercially available solution featuring design-allowable properties compiled and normalized in a manner ideal for structural, mechanical and materials engineers. It allows engineers to innovate with confidence when designing components made from composite materials with specific physical, mechanical and thermal properties.

Although composite materials can offer manufacturers a revolutionary approach to creating lighter, stronger and more corrosion resistant products, replacing components conventionally made from materials such as metal can make even the most seasoned engineer apprehensive.

"Materials selection has a significant impact in the engineering design process," said Sasha Gurke, Elsevier's Engineering Fellow & Co-Founder–Knovel. "With the Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database, engineers can access the most relevant materials data and help their teams save time, reduce development cost and improve the performance of parts made from composites. Its interactive capabilities empower engineers to confidently identify composites that can perform within the design-allowable parameters for their particular application."

The database, which is sold as a premium supplement outside of the Knovel platform, draws its content from authoritative sources including data from NCAMP, AGATE and CMH-17. It currently includes more than 1,700 records on more than 100 laminate precursors in cured and uncured states, including matrix resins and fiber reinforcement data. The new database will make it easier for users to identify, evaluate and screen a wide range of materials throughout the design process.

For more information on the Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database, please contact Knovel's customer support team online or call +1 (866) 240 8174.


About Knovel
Knovel is a cloud-based application from Elsevier that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust. Knovel users include thousands of engineers, engineering students and applied scientists worldwide. For more information, visit www.elsevier.com/knovel or call +1 (866) 240 8174.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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