New Phase IV of Material Data Management Consortium Focuses on Impact in Material and Product R&D

Granta Design today announced a fourth phase for the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC), focusing on “Managing data for maximum impact in material and product research and development”. The announcement follows August’s MDMC meeting, hosted by United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, Pratt & Whitney, in East Hartford, CT. GKN Aerospace has also joined the international group of engineering enterprises (see Table 1) involved in Phase IV.

The MDMC is a collaborative project founded in 2002 following an initiative from ASM International, NASA, and Granta Design. Its mission is to develop and apply materials information technology that maximizes the value of materials engineering. The project has guided Granta Design in developing GRANTA MI™, the industry standard system that enables engineering enterprises to capture, manage, and control their corporate materials information, and to integrate this information, securely and traceably, with simulation and product engineering. Such technology has been shown to yield multi-million dollar returns including: improved productivity in materials engineering, avoidance of data loss and duplication of tests, reduction of risk in the engineering and design process, time-savings in design and development, plus improved compliance with regulations.

Table 1: MDMC Consortium members at the start of Phase IV

Airbus Helicopters

GE – Aviation

Northrop Grumman

ASM International

GE – Energy

Oak Ridge NL


GKN Aerospace


Baker Hughes

Granta Design



Lockheed Martin

Sandia National Labs

Doosan Babcock

Los Alamos NL

United Technologies Corp.


NASA Glenn Research Center

US Army Research Labs

Honeywell Aerospace

NASA Marshall SFC


The most recent phase (2009-2013) of the MDMC created new tools to deploy materials data for use in design and simulation, and new capabilities to manage information relating to composites and advanced materials. The new Phase IV will focus on further improvements in the efficiency of materials data management and on helping members to apply this data for greater impact on their wider engineering activities. Priorities include:

  • Continued optimization of usability for members’ workflows
  • Further improvements to best practice approaches and technology for composites
  • Extending support of areas such as corrosion, tribology, wear, joining, and additive manufacturing (“3D printing”)
  • Creating and deploying data for virtual product development; members report increasing interest in this topic due to the volume of materials data now generated and consumed by FEA/CAD
  • Support for integrated computational materials engineering (ICME)

Phase IV is still open to new members. The benefits of joining include the use of an evolving and maintained materials information management system, designed to meet members’ needs, at a fraction of the cost required to develop a similar system through an in-house project.

“Phase IV will continue the MDMC’s exceptional work in identifying best practices and helping each member to build a comprehensive, fully traceable, record of their organization’s materials related data, both experimental and simulation, at all pertinent levels of scale,” commented Dr. Steven M. Arnold, Multiscale and Multiphysics Modeling Technical Lead within the Structures and Materials Division at NASA Glenn Research Center, and chairman of the MDMC. “This will help them, for example, to obtain accurate predictions of the performance of materials in every location of a component based on a complete material and modeling pedigree.”