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CES Edupak 2008

24 January 2008

Granta Design

Granta Design has released CES EduPack 2008, a new version of the teaching resource for materials in engineering, science, processing, and design.

CES EduPack is based around a comprehensive database of materials property information and a set of innovative software tools, supported by textbooks and resources for lectures, projects, and exercises.

Key themes are:

  •  Support for all teaching approaches – CES EduPack now includes detailed references to a range of standard materials texts (e.g., Callister, Askeland & Phulé, Budinski & Budinski). EduPack supports courses that use these and other texts, as well those using Professor Ashby’s own books.

  •  Enriching a broad range of engineering-related disciplines – CES EduPack 2008 adds Bio Engineering to existing editions for General and Mechanical Engineering, Polymers, Aerospace, Architecture, Design, and Eco Design.

  • Valuable teaching and project tools – in addition to its materials property databases, materials selection software, and teaching resources, CES EduPack 2008 makes a new Eco Audit Tool available to every user.

  •  International users - French and German language support is improved.

The new Eco Audit Tool calculates the energy and carbon footprint of a product at different stages in its life cycle, based on the materials and processes used to produce it and information about how it is transported and used. The tool allows the user to identify the life phase(s) that contribute most to the product's environmental impact, and thus to focus on the best strategies for reducing this impact. The aim of the tool is to introduce students to key concepts in eco-design and to support design for low carbon footprint and energy efficiency. The new Bio Engineering edition of CES EduPack is based around a Bio Materials database that augments EduPack’s core database of engineering materials with new data covering: the basic building blocks of natural materials; soft and mineralised tissue; woods and wood-like materials; fibres; and man-made bio materials. The edition allows bio- and medical engineering students to: understand the properties of natural materials; compare the properties of natural and man made materials; explore bio-mimicry; and examine substitution - which materials will work best in, for example, implanted medical devices. 

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