Published: Jan 1992
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A novel materials-selection procedure has been implemented in a computer program. The procedure makes use of ‘Materials Selection Charts’: a new way of displaying material property data which enables the use of a number of novel optimisation procedures. These rely on developing ‘performance indices’: a combination of material properties which, if maximised, maximise performance. The charts are designed to present the materials, and the performance indices in such a way that an optimum selection becomes possible. Section shape can be included, allowing the optimum selection of both material and shape. The software is described and a case study is presented.
materials selection, materials selection charts, design, databases, performance indices, optimisation, material properties, shape factors
Lecturer, Engineering Design Centre, Cambridge,
Royal Society Research Professor, Engineering Design Centre, Cambridge,