Materials science and engineering information gateways

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The AppleGate Directory of Plastics and Rubber Companies - equipment and services in the UK and Eire. Very comprehensive. - website dedicated for used machines for sale in India. Post ads to buy or sell second hand equipment at reasonable prices. 

ASM Alloy Center - "provides access to worldwide equivalencies for alloys, mechanical, physical, chemical property data and corrosion characteristics in various environments. Covers: alloy data sheets, stress-strain curves, creep curvers, time-temperature curves, engineering graphs. Thousands of signifivant alloy diesignations. With over 5,000 Alloy Digest Datasheets, the Alloy Center is a flexible and convenient tool for identifying and selecting alloyes". (USA) - "The A to Z of Materials, is a specialist materials website specifically designed and operated by materials experts with many years of practical experience in industrial and academic environment. It is a comprehensive database dedicated to informing and educating engineers, designers and scientists from all industries and in academia about all types of engineering materials - metals. ceramics, polymers and composites". (Australia)

BBC Science of Materials - reports on current industry and academic research.

The Biomaterials Network - this is a collection of some selected internet links related to biomaterials and also some relevant links to biomedical engineering, biology, medicine and health sciences in general. facilities also include a job exchange section and the Directory of Researchers, where research expertise can be searched. At present, this website intends to become a major tool in linking the biomaterials community worldwide. Membership to is free, and members can search all of without charge.

Ceramic Source Online - a source for suppliers of equipment and materials used to manufacture advanced and traditional ceramics.

Ceramics Online - a site of "the Italian Association 'Towns of Ceramics' that aims to create a national network of towns with a ceramics activities history". Headquarters in Faenza, Italy.

Ceramics WebBook - provides evaluated data and links to other ceramics information sources. It is maintained by the Ceramics Division of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). (USA)

Ciria - Construction Recycling Sites (GB) - "free online database of UK recycling sites that accept or sell construciton materials, It is jointly funded by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the UK government and RMC Environment Fund. As well as telling where to buy recycled materials, it also gives details of local companies that will take constrauctionwaste. It also provides a list of published guidance on using recycled material".

Composites About - a quick reference of composite materials resources.

Composites at Sheffield - this is an interdisciplinary group of experts in the composites field. The aim is to cover every aspect of the design and manufacture of composite components from the most basic research through to the manufacture of full scale prototypes".

The Composite Systems Innovation Centre (CSIC) - "it is state-of the-art research centre (located at the Kroto Research Institute, University of Sheffield, UK) dedicated to innovation in the science of composite materials".

The Concrete Vault - this is a comprehensive database of references to over 140,000 papers, books, articles and technical reports on the subject of concrete.

Copper Alliance - the worldwide copper information source from the International Copper Association.

Copper Page - a service of the Copper Development Association for the copper and brass industries in the USA.

Corrosion and Materials Reference Library - information on corrosion control, corrosion prevention, materials selection, corrosion data, failure analysis case histories, stainless steel data, copper alloy corrosion data, newsletters, metallurgy and heat treatment and classic corrosion photographs resulting from consulting projects and research.

Corrosion Doctors - this site contains details of events, frequently asked questions and links to sites of related interest. A series of information modules explores issues related to corrosion under the headings of: - Corrosion Basics, Corrosion Prevention and Control, Corrosion Testing, Electrochemical Power Sources and Electrochemical Processes. These modules can be used for training in corrosion science and engineering.

Corrosion Source - a portal, a source of corrosion information, including principles underlying multiple disciplines, from electrochemistry and fluid mechanics to materials science and engineering.

Corrosionist - covers sources on corrosion, rust and materials. 

CSA Cambridge Scientific Abstracts - Materials Science Collection now ProQuest- See Materials Science & Engineering Database below

ELPU - Environmental Law for Polymer Users - "practical and simple support tool to help identify the areas of environmental law that affect your business". Non-members of Rapra can use a 'pay-to-view' facility.

Engineers' Site - recruitment, news, events and directories of addresses.

Foundry - a directory that offers information on training opportunities, recruitment, lists of (mainly UK) foundries, investment casting, process information, rapid protoryping, consumable suppliers, metal & alloys suppliers, factored castings.

Granta Design - "Granta Design Ltd. are the materials information technology experts. Have developed "new mateirals information solutions with supports from customers, ASM International, and three industry consortia. Granta include: Ashby charts and materials performance indices, pioneering approaches in systematic materials selection; the first manufacturing process selector; unique materials data checking and estimation procedures; novel eco-design tools; and the enterprise matierials information management system for the complete materials data lifecycle". (UK)

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IEEE Spectrum - this "is a monthly magazine for technology innovators, business leaders, and the intellectually curious". A monthly publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA)

IngentaConnect - "the worlds largest resource for scholarly publications". Bibliographic database covering journals on materials and manufacturing. IOM3 journals are covered on the database and provides access to full-text. -  this is a Spanish internet resource guide for professionals of the plastics industry. The site is in Spanish and provides a directory of plastics manufacturers and suppliers for the plastics industry. Information on current events, conferences and international trade fairs, with industry news, as well as an electronic version of current and past issues of the professional magazine 'Universal Plastics' (in Spanish)

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry - IUPAC Gold Book -  this is a "Compendium of chemical terminology, usually referred as the 'Gold Book in recognition of the contribution of the late Victor Gold, who initiated work on the first edition. Contains more than 7000 entries".

JEC "composites web hub - service provider whose vocation is the international promotion of composites materials around the world". (France)

Key to Metals - "contains over 4 million property records for steel, aluminum, copper, titanium, and other metals, from more than 40 countries and standards"

Knovel - "is a web-base application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust. Knovel provides subscribers with access to over 2,200 leading reference works and databases from over 50 international publishers and professional societies through a single interface." - technical developments and industry trends in the plastic industry. (Germany)

LabFinder - the UK's first instantly searchable directory of testing and calibfration laboratory facilities.

Lets Recycle - the UK's recycling and waste management news and information site for councils, businessesand the waste and recycling sector.

Lucideon - produces World Ceramics Abstracts Online the leading source of information on the ceramics industry providing comprehensive coverage of all aspects of ceramics manufacture, processing and applications.

Magnesium Home Page - it offers general magnesium information (uses, properties, alloys and ores, handling and refining, etc). Properties of magnesium alloys are given, along with links to other magnesium web pages (including industry associations, suppliers of equipment for the magnesium industry, magnesium producers and casting and surface finishing companies). (Australia)

Materials Network Wales MNW - MNW was established in 1995 (formerly known as the Materials Technology Forum in Wales), to raise awareness of the importance of materials issues in general and to enhance the ways companies might use appropriate materials to maintain their competitive edge. The Materials Network Wales (MNW) functions as a network serving all the materials-using companies in Wales.

Materials Science Resources on the Web - by Lorraine J Pellack, Head of Science & Technology Department and Materials Science Bibliographer, Parks Library, Iowa State University, Spring 2002. This is a good introduction to materials science. Some links may not be working - April 2014). 

Materials Selection and Processing - this site, produced mainly by members of the Cambridge University Engineering Department Materials Group, is intended as a resource to aid the understanding of materials and materials processing for engineering. It contains resources covering the areas of materials information (including selection charts), materials properties, manufacturing and materials processing, and product design. Some of the sections are still to be completed.

MatWeb - it is a free online materials property database with over 28,000 materials that can be searched by name, property value, or composition.

Me-Metals - covers mines, metals, ferrous and non-ferrous, and their related industries in the Middle East.

Materials Science & Engineering Database including Metadex - The Materials Science & Engineering Database is a purpose built resource to meet the needs of professionals, students, and researchers. An interdisciplinary resource combining full-text sources and expert indexing of global literature, this database offers its users the tools and the content to stay current of the latest research in the field, perform comprehensive literature reviews, or develop strong baseline knowledge for new researchers.

Metals Forum - is the portal of 10 leading organisations in the metals sector. (UK)

MetalWorld - is a world wide information trading site and was established to promote trade in the metals industry.

MSIT Phase Diagram Center - Providing Interactive Phase Diagrams and Related information on over 30,000 inorganic materials systems. Available via institutional subscription or immediate individual purchase of information on selected materials systems. - global portal for professionals and academics involved in the field of nanotechnology. Includes news, articles, features, events and jobs.

NetComposites - a free resource for news, journals abstracts, events information, career opportunities and a discussion forum for the composites sector. An industry newsletter is available. (UK)

PEplus "an electronic magazine aimed at getting information on news, on jobs and other vital matter of importance to the polymer industry". (UK) - a website for the plastics industry. Covers products and services, an A-Z company index, a list of events and industry organisation worldwide. (UK)

Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN) "our focus on the plastics sectors involves us in sharing the knowledge and information generated from many years of experience ia all areas of the polymer businesses". (UK)

Platts - "is the leading global provider of energy and metals information. Since 1909, has provided customers with the business-critical market news and data, benchmark price assessments, newsletters and conferences."

Polymer Library (ISmither Rapra) - is a world's most comprehensive bibliographic database dedicated to the rubber, plastics, adhesives and polymer composites. Covers technical, scientific, commercial, economic and market information of the rubber and plastic industry.

Polymer Search on the Internet - the internet search engine for rubber and plastics produced by RAPRA. -  "is the leading magazine serving the whole of the UK polymer industry, its suppliers and customers. PRW is a genuinely vital source of information for its plastics and rubber readership, wherever they are in their supply chain."

Rubber and Plastics News - "Rubber & Plastics News serves rubber product manufacturers primarily engaged in the production of tires and inner tubes, rubber and plastic footwear, reclaimed rubber, rubber and plastic hose and belting, fabricated rubber products, rubber adhesives and wire and cable products. RPN readers include executives, managers, engineers and chemists involved in research and development, quality control, operations and production, engineering testing and analysis, purchasing and sales and marketing. Also served are suppliers, consultants and independent laboratories and manufacturers that are not specified as primary rubber product producers as well as OEM users of rubber components and universities. the newspaper is published every other Monday"

The Rubber Room - promotes trade in the rubber industry.

Scirus - "the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 450 million scientific items indexed, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information."

Sensorland - a portal site to help engineers to learn about and source sensors, measuring equipment, including material testing equipment.

SESAMM - a bibliographic database compiled by Centre Technique des Industries de la Fonderie. It has a multi-criteria search engine that enables 33,000 bibliographic entries to be consulted in the field of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. It contains a trilingual glossary of terms. (France)

Sheet Metal World - this site offers the option ot receive a free e-mailed newsletter and provides an A-Z listing of manufacturers with links to the majority of sites, a calendar of events, and a list of magazines and journals, linked where appropriate. A selection of books on relevant topics is given, along with some free downloadable software.

Sol-Gel Gateway - a unique directory on sol-gel related science and technology fields. Includes extended bibliography, research groups, who's who directory, original articles, tutorials, tech and job opportunities and more.

SpecialChem - source for information on polymer additives and masterbatches contains product information technical articles, on-line technical service and commercial information. (France)

Stahl-Online German Steel Federation - the Steel Institute VDEh, the German Steel Federation and other organisations and institute of the steel industry operate under the umbrella of the Stahl=Zentrum. They consolidate their tasks as legally autonomous organisations within the Stahl-Zentrum with the aim of bein able to represent the steel industry in politics, business and society. It represents their interests in German and Europen steel policy. - the free encyclopedia for UK steel construction information. Covers technical information, design software, Eurocode guides, sector information, directories, product supplier, steelwork contructor.

Steel Matter - British Steel (now part of Tata Steel) and MATTER have collaborated on the development of this new series of interactive educational software resources aimed at helping students understand the key concepts and relationships in ferrous metallurgy.

Steelonthenet - "steel industry-specific internet search engine service. Comprising several hundred thousand fully searchable steel industry terms from thousands of steel industry websites and content providers such as The new search engine service offers all steel industry professionals a unique one-stop-shop for quickly locating steel-related information on the net".

SteelStrip - "the most complete guide to hot and cold rolled steel strip on the Internet. A comprehensive online source". (UK) - a site for the steel industry, covers current projects, products, services, an A-Z company index, a list of events and industry organisations worldwide. (UK)

SubsTech - contains a wide range of information on metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, including their properties, applications and technologies for their manufacture. Users can create their own Expert page, edit the site content, add new articles and contribute to discussions.

Surface Finishing Abstracts - a database with over 130,000 abstracts covering electroplating, electroless plating, pickling, etching, conversion coatings, printed circuit board manufacture, painting, hot-dip galvanising, powder coating, analysis and testing of surfaces, surface finishing, etc. 

Technical-Textiles.Net - A unique information source for everyone interested in research, development, manufacture and applications of advanced ceramics, composites, plastics and biomedical materials.

TubeNet - serves the tube and pipe industries and contains product news and updates, details of shows and exhibitions. There are also directories of machine manufacturers, tube and pipe suppliers.

UK Welder - this is a practical welding forum.


UL Prospector - Prospector is a powerful materials and ingredients search engine that spans ten industries. Offering accurate, reliable technical information for hundreds of thousands of products and the ability to connect with suppliers from around the world, Prospector helps product developers, designers and engineers find materials faster.

Virtual-Engineer - this is a search engine and community portal for engineers and other professionals working in the building and construction industries.The database covers disciplines including civil and structural engineering, mechanical, electrical and building services and related fiels such as geotechnical engineering, acoustics, fire, lighting, landsacape architecture and transport systems.

WeldaSearch - is a comprehensive database containing abstracts to journal articles, research reports, books, standards, patents, theses and special publications in the areas of joining metals, plastics and ceramics, metal and ceramic spraying, thermal cutting, brazing, soldering and related topics. Every aspect of welding and allied processes is covered including design, metallurgy, fatigue and fracture mechanics, equipment for joining and cutting processes, corrosion, surfacing, micro joining, quality control, nondestructive testing, safety, commercial applications, market statistics and news of the industry." Produced by TWI (UK).

Worldwide Composites Search Engine - search engine devoted to the materials, processes and companies involved in the composites industry.