The 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 curated by subject matter experts. 

Organized into multiple tables, the Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database includes mechanical, thermophysical and processing properties data, along with relevant application information and safety data. 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. 

Improving material performance

The new database is intended to help companies replace existing materials or select new composites during the engineering research and design process, and help engineering teams increase efficiency in the early materials selection stage. It could also help lower costs of testing and maintenance, and ultimately improve material performance.

‘Materials selection has a significant impact in the engineering design process,’ said Sasha Gurke, Elsevier's engineering fellow & co-founder of 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.’

Knovel is a company acquired by Elsevier in 2013 which provides online library focused on engineering topics.