The Structural Ceramics Database (SCD) system is being developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide a critical link between the development of new materials in research laboratories and the application of those materials in industry. To achieve this goal, considerable effort is being devoted to establishing the SCD materials property database in a highly user-friendly computerized format for use on personal computers. The system is designed to provide a consistent and attractive mechanism for communicating critical data to design engineers involved in product development.
The development of the SCD is being guided by focusing attention on specific applications. Such focusing provides a more cost effective approach to database construction because the materials and the properties included in the system are determined and constrained by the needs of the application. The utility of the resulting data, however, extends well beyond the guiding application.
The first phase of the development of the SCD is focused on the material, property, and information requirements that derive from the specific application of a materials property database to ceramic heat exchangers.