Development of a New Altair Customized Database of Advanced Material Properties

Key to Metals is a vast database which contains the properties of metallic – and more recently non-metallic materials, providing a turn-key solution for the global engineering community. Designed to help a broad range of engineering professionals, Key to Metals is specialized in helping to find and source similar and equivalent materials worldwide, getting easy-to-use and accurate material properties, and navigating through international standards. Besides the “standard” dataset which includes mechanical and physical properties at various temperatures, chemical compositions, international cross-reference tables and more, Key to Metals also presents a unique collection of advanced properties, such as stress-strain curves, cyclic properties, fracture mechanics, and creep, specifically developed to serve the engineering community with mechanical and physical properties essential for accurate advanced CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) calculations and simulations.

The Key to Metals database with advanced CAE properties included has been available to Altair users to through the Hyperworks Partner Alliance (HWPA) program from the beginning of 2012 and has enjoyed broad popularity among the Partner Alliance user base. The fact that this is the first Web application within the HWPA, provides an interesting opportunity to analyse CAE users’ behaviour and patterns in using a material properties database, and the presentation will include some key examples and statistics of usage of Altair customers of this new service, unique in the CAE community.


The Author

Viktor Pocajt
Key to Metals AG