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Knovel: A Comprehensive Composites Database

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Knovel: A Comprehensive Composites Database

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Engineers in any industry need a reliable way to screen and select the materials they use. For projects that require a certain type of composite material, Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database is a new go-to resource. This premium offering from Elsevier-owned Knovel provides data about polymer matrix composites, which are materials made from fibers impregnated with resin that are shaped and cured by heat or moisture; they harden to form parts used for aircrafts and other objects that need to be lightweight yet very strong.

Companies can use the database to research the replacement of existing materials or to select new composites during R&D processes. By using the correct materials on the first try, engineers increase their efficiency, lower testing and maintenance costs, and improve materials' performance. For example, airplanes built with polymer matrix composites use less jet fuel because they're fighter, which saves money.

"We have some information on the other types of composites, but at this point, we made an effort, an emphasis on polymer matrix composites because they're most common," says Sasha Gurke, co-founder of Knovel. "They have about a 10% penetration of the airspace market. In the automotive industry, the penetration is much greater ... and they're used in many other industries as well. So that's why we feel that this data is very badly needed by our customers."

Because Knovel licenses content from a variety of sources that are not compatible with each other, it has to aggregate the data, normalize it, and make it accessible in the database, which is organized into multiple tables that show the various properties of these composites. …

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