Senior Materials Engineer, Dowty Aerospace, Gloucester,
Pages: 14 Published: Jan 1992
The correct selection and use of materials for aerospace products is one of the fundamental aspects of the design process which can provide the necessary competitive advantage to ensure a company's survival and success. At Dowty a number of steps are being taken towards integration of the selection of materials into engineering design - one of which is the creation of a Materials Information (Database) System. This paper describes the evolution of the Information System from the initial recognition of the need, and a specification for an engineering materials database is proposed. It is demonstrated that a Materials Information System will differ from conventional data processing applications in a number of important respects if it is to fully satisfy the requirements of design.
materials information, engineering design, materials data structure, STEP
Paper ID: STP23742S