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Systematic Selection of Materials using Ansys Granta Selector

Experience, intelligent methods and extensive material databases


Training Basic

Learn how to derive material properties from product requirements and how to find suitable materials in a structured and reliable way. This training is offered as a 1-day course.

1 day


Software used
Ansys Granta Selector, Ansys GRANTA Materials Data for Simulation

  • Selecting materials according to economic and technical aspects
  • Determining product requirements & transferring these to material properties
  • Making systematic decisions, and qualifying risks
  • Using data from the Ansys Granta Selector within Ansys 


The choice of material is crucial to the design and success of a product, as it influences safety, reliability and ecology. The constantly growing variety and availability of materials increases the complexity of this selection. In this training, you will learn how to use interactive diagram and comparison tools for over 4,000 engineering materials for design and simulation. Using data from the Ansys Granta Selector within Ansys, we transfer selected data to your simulation with a click of the mouse. Using additional modules, the database can be expanded to include special information on plastics, metals, composites, or additive manufacturing.  

We follow the methods of systematic material selection developed and established by Prof. Ashby. As part of an included EcoAudit tool, two important sustainability criteria - the carbon footprint and energy requirements - are examined for an entire bill of materials. Processing, transportation, application and disposal or recycling are also part of this EcoAudit. Finally, you will learn how to determine the best possible material with the lowest risk based on your own product requirements. Use decision analysis to determine the best possible material from your material pre-selection and check your decision using a risk assessment based on objective evaluation criteria.

Detailed agenda for this 1-day training

Day 1

01 Material selection based on technical requirements and material properties

  • Material as the basis for innovation.
  • Properties and classification of materials
  • Workshop: Transfer of requirements from the application into requirements for material properties.
  • Making and justifying initial decisions for material selection

02 Integrated methods of analytical material preselection

  • Basics of the selection method according to Ashby
  • Workshop: Application of the Material Performance Indices in Ansys Granta Selector
  • Constraints in additional factors for the Material Performance Indices

03 EcoAudit and other helpful tools in the selection process

  • EcoAudit and Synthesizer tools in Ansys Granta Selector for material and process lists.
  • Overview of other useful tools in the material selection process
  • Workshop: Linking of independent selection process using favorite lists
  • Application through tasks by the participants

04 Risk assessment and further processing of data

  • Decision analysis
  • Risk assessment and risk analysis
  • Workshop: Transfer of required data and further processing in Excel and simulation
  • Interdisciplinary handling of material data in Ansys

Your Trainers

Dr.-Ing. Cord Steinbeck-Behrens
Business Development Manager, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Hanover
Daniel Wenger
Engineering Services, CADFEM (Suisse) AG, Renens
Dr. Ing. Benoit Fontenier
CAE Engineer - Support, CADFEM France SAS

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