How CES EduPack 2011 Hit the Mark for Materials Education
CES EduPack 2011 was a unique software package that helped teachers and students across various disciplines to learn about materials and processes. It was developed by Granta Design Ltd, a company founded by Professor Mike Ashby of Cambridge University. CES EduPack 2011 offered a comprehensive database of materials and process information, powerful visualization and selection tools, and a range of interactive projects, exercises and lectures. It also included features such as Eco Audit for engineering design, sustainability and eco-design databases, and medical device design.
In this article, we will explore how CES EduPack 2011 hit the mark for materials education by providing support for different teaching approaches, levels of study, and subject areas. We will also look at some of the testimonials from users who benefited from using CES EduPack 2011 in their courses.
Support for Different Teaching Approaches
CES EduPack 2011 was designed to support a wide variety of teaching styles, from the design- and science-led approaches to problem-based teaching. It allowed teachers to customize the software to suit their own pedagogy and learning objectives. For example, teachers could choose from different databases that covered different aspects of materials, such as mechanical engineering, manufacturing, materials science, eco design, industrial design, aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering, polymer science, bio engineering, chemical engineering, architecture and the built environment[^2^]. Teachers could also create their own databases or modify existing ones using the Synthesizer tool.
CES EduPack 2011 also supported the Ashby materials selection methodology[^2^], which is a systematic approach to finding the best material for a given application based on performance indices and constraints. The software provided tools such as charts, graphs, tables and tree diagrams to help students visualize material properties and compare different options. Students could also use the Eco Audit tool to assess the environmental impact of their material choice and design decisions[^2^].
Support for Different Levels of Study
CES EduPack 2011 was divided into three levels so that students could access a suitable level of information as they progressed through their studies[^2^]. The Introductory level was aimed at pre-university or first-year undergraduate students who needed a basic introduction to materials and processes. It included data on about 100 materials and 60 processes, as well as simple charts and tables. The Intermediate level was aimed at second- or third-year undergraduate students who needed more detailed information on materials and processes. It included data on about 3,000 materials and 200 processes, as well as more advanced charts and tables. The Advanced level was aimed at postgraduate students or researchers who needed specialized information on materials and processes. It included data on about 4,000 materials and 300 processes, as well as sophisticated charts and tables.
CES EduPack 2011 also provided support for leading materials textbooks[^2^], such as Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design by Ashby et al., Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction by Callister et al., Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach by Callister et al., Materials Selection in Mechanical Design by Ashby et al., Materials for Engineers and Technicians by Jones et al., Engineering Materials by Budinski et al., Introduction to Materials Science for Engineers by Shackelford et al., etc. The software included links to relevant sections of these textbooks from the database records or charts.
Support for Different Subject Areas
CES EduPack 2011 supported materials education across various subject areas related to engineering, design, science and sustainable development[^2^]. It helped teachers and students to explore the relationships between material properties, structure, processing and performance in different contexts. For example:
In mechanical engineering, CES EduPack 2011 helped students to understand how materials behave under different loading conditions, how to select materials for mechanical components or systems based on performance criteria such as strength, stiffness or toughness[^4^], how to optimize material usage or minimize weight or cost[^4^], etc.
In manufacturing, CES EduPack 2011 helped students to understand how materials are shaped or joined by different processes such as casting, forging, machining, welding or additive manufacturing[^4^], how to select processes based on material ec8f644aee