Materials science and engineering information gateways
123 Plastics - the site includes companies, products, trade related links, exhibitions and fairs, jobs online, plastics materials datasheets, trade names, materials descriptors, etc. (India)
24hpm - a website dedicated to economic analysis, precious metals and investing. Contains editorials, news and technical analysis and company news.
Adhesives Mart - The largest industrial adhesives database on the web.
Advanced Materials Forum - Web portal for the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network, the overarching network of networks in materials.
The AppleGate Directory of Plastics and Rubber Companies - equipment and services in the UK and Eire. Very comprehensive.
Ask4Plastic - a B2B global plastic portal for raw material, machinery, chemicals, packaging. Offers an online directory and trading facilities. (India)
Azom.com - "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)
The Biomaterials Network - this site 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. Biomat.net 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 Biomat.net is free, and members can search all of Biomat.net without charge.
British Plastics & Rubber On-Line - has an online directory of around 1,500 companies in the UK supplying machinery and materials for polymer processors. Full contact details of the companies are given. You can search by product category or company name, locate the UK distributor of an overseas company, or simply search the directory for a word or phrase. You can print all the companies listed for each category, or copy and paste them into a text file to create a mailmerge letter.
Builders Needs - an information source for the UK construction industry, bringing all parts of the industry to one site: products, services, jobs and information.
Ceramic and more - contains information on fairs and list of events, data and statistics, training courses, and useful links. (Italy)
Ceramic Source Online - a source for suppliers of equipment and materials used to manufacture advanced and traditional ceramics.
Ceramics Online - this node was born with the aim of creating an Internet Center to collect any experience in the ceramic field, and to spread the knowledge of works made in Faenza and in the world.
CeramResearch - produces World Ceramics Abstracts Online http://www.ceram.com/information/wca-online.htm - It is the leading source of information on the ceramics industry providing comprehensive coverage of all aspects of ceramics manufacture, processing and applications.
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)
Cerammix 2000 - International Ceramic Server - "an independent ceramic information resource for the specialists of ceramic industry from the countries of Eastern Europe".
ChemFinder.com - a chemical database that provides information including physical property data and 2D chemical structures. It allows to search by formula, chemical name, chemical compounds, common name, weight, CAS Number, etc. Individual access is provided free of charge to the scientific community.
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 Corner - links to hundreds of advanced composite materials sites - academic, associations, companies, government, publications, suppliers.
CopperInfo - 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 Information Server
Corrosion Source - a portal, a source of corrosion information, including principles underlying multiple disciplines, from electrochemistry and fluid mechanics to materials science and engineering.
CSA Cambridge Scientific Abstracts - Materials Science Collection - CSA offers a wide range of databases in the materials science field. The collection provides coverage on materials processes, both applied and theoretical, including welding and joining, heat treatment and joining, heat treatment and thermal spray. The following databases are available - METADEX, Engineered Materials Abstracts, Materials Business File, Aluminium Industry Abstracts, Corrosion Abstracts, Rapra Abstract, Weldasearch, World Ceramics Abstracts. A fee-service. (USA)
DRIVENet - aims to look at the whole lifecycle of the car from raw materials, to design assembly of components, manufacture, disassembly, recycling, reuse of components and materials.
Efunda, Engineering Fundamentals - Materials Reference Site - descriptive outline of the following - periodic table, unit conversion, charts, metals, alloys, plastics, polymers, processes and more. (USA)
EEVL Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library - the UK gateway to quality engineering information on the Internet.
The Engine - it was established to facilitate an efficient and effective transfer of technical information to all members of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, the engineering community, students, academics and the general public. The Engine Database holds almost 30.000 scientific and technical bibliographic references from 1980 to present. It contains citations to journal articles, conference papers, research and development reports, books and theses. (Australia)
Engineering Resources Online - it aims to give a practical guide to engineering products, companies and resources. The content is biased to UK/European resources. There is an A-Z company list directory. Other sources are arranged by type of site e.g. software, recruitment, patent offices and engineering trade shows. The site is searchable. (UK)
Engineers' Site - recruitment, news, events and directories of addresses.
Engineers4engineers - the engineering technology site, with a section on engineering materials.
E-Steel.Corp - this site is an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of steel.
Foundry Online.com - it is designed to be the complete interactive information service for all parties including casting buyers, foundries and related industries. The Foundry Online server offers both general information headings and headings related to specific areas of interest. It includes - industry news, events, plant and machinery mart, recruitment opportunities, industry discussion forum, training, editorials, environment and books/periodicals/videos. The specific headings include lists of (mainly UK) investment casting foundries, sand and die casting foundries, trade associations, patternmakers and patternshop suppliers, plant and machinery suppliers, consumable suppliers, non-destructive testing and analysis, metals suppliers; and research and development. In addition, there are sections outlining particular processes; these currently include rapid prototyping and investment casting. Links to other sites of related interest are included.
FreeMDS - this is a no-charge service that provides Plastics Materials Data Sheets. This growing database contains over 37,000 Material Data Sheets from North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.
Fuel Cell Today - this is the global internet portal which covers fuel cell market news and events, information for research scientists and end users. (UK)
Global Plastics Resource " this is the largest and easiest to use web based directory of companies in the plastics industry - free". (USA)
Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database - This interactive database provides material property information covering a wide range of powder metallurgy (PM) material systems. Its aim is to enable designers/manufacturers of components and systems to make an informed choice about using PM materials in a wide variety of applications.
Granta Design - "Granta Design Ltd. helps you 'unlock the potential of materials information' through our software, database, customization and training services. We are the developers of the Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES) software system and the world-renowned Ashby methods for materials and process selection. Servicing customers in aerospace, automotive, hi-tech equipment, materials producer, education and other engineering sectors, we provide complete solution for your materials information systems needs". (UK)
How Stuff Works
i-ceramic Ltd - is a global b2b e-commerce website exclusively for the ceramic industry. It provides an online marketplace for products and information exchange.
Ingenta - covers information on publications, patents, general resources, data, associations and metasites in the field of Materials and Manufacturing.
Intelligent Processing and Manufacturing of Materials - this is an international community of people interested in the intelligent software and hardware applications and solutions to problems in the creation and manufacture of minerals, metals, materials and products. The site includes a report and abstracts of the keynote papers of IPMM's conferences and information on forthcoming events, a news section and links to other sites.
JEC Composites.com "composites web hub - service provider whose vocation is the international promotion of composites materials around the world, and as both an information transmitter and receiver". (France)
Key to Metals - is the world's most comprehensive database of nonferrous metals: Aluminium, Copper, Titanium, Magnesium, Tin, Zinc, Lead, Nickel, ... and more."
Key to Steel - the world's most comprehensive steel database.
Knovel - this "is an online database powered by 350+ interactive engineering and scientific handbooks and databases from publishers llike McGraw-Hill, CRC Press, Plastics Design Library, Industrial Press, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Butterworth-Heinemann, Noyes/William Andrew Publishing and others" .
Kunststoffe.de - technical developments and industry trends in the plastic industry. (Germany)
LabFinder - the UK's largest and most comprehensive directory of testing laboratories searchable by any particular test requirement.
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 Chemistry Forum - is designed to help users access materials chemistry information such as relevant jobs, conferences, or journal articles.
Materials Edge - "focuses primarily on the materials science, engineering, manufacturing and technology markets. Features latest job opportunities, recruitment and recent news articles from the world of materials science and materials engineering". (UK)
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 - this site, by Justin McCarthy, a recent graduate for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, USA, is an A to Z glossary of materials engineering terms.
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.
MatHub - is the focal point for computational materials science on the web, providing a gateway to scientific information about modelling and informatics.
MaterSci.Net - provides a searchable database of Internet sources related to Materials Science and Metallurgy. Launched in Jan. 2000 and the mission is to become the best source for information related to all branches of Materials Science. To date, there are a total of 375 links in the database.
MatWeb - it is a free online materials property database with over 28,000 materials that can be searched by name, property value, or composition.
Metadex - METADEX is the only comprehensive source for information on metals and alloys: their properties, manufacturing, applications, and development. Begun in 1966, METADEX contains over 1,425,000 references and is the database equivalent of Metals Abstracts, Metals Abstracts Index, and Alloys Index. Sources covered include over 3,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases.
Metal Castings Online - this is an Internet source of information for foundrymen, component buyers , designers , and specifiers. The site provides information on metal casting, details of DMG Business Media foundry publications, a listing of UK foundries, categorised by the types of metal they cast; and of foundry plant, equipment, consumables and service providers. There are also contact details for UK based foundry organisations, an events diary, products showcase, and stop press sections with metal prices, and news.
Metals Characteristics by Principal Metals - complete materials property data on more than 5000 ferrous and non-ferrous materials,. chemistry, mechanicals, general description, applications, welding, machining, and forming data.
Metals Online - source of UK Metals suppliers. It covers up to date industry news, valuable technical information and newsgroups on metals issues.
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.
Nanotechweb.org - 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. A free 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)
Performance-Materials.Net - A unique information source for everyone interested in research, development, manufacture and applications of advanced ceramics, composites, plastics and biomedical materials.
Phase Diagram Web - provides a list of phase diagrams and software links.
Plastics-Technology.com - 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 and Rubber Advisory Service - this service was established by the British Plastics Ferderation (BPF) in 1982 to provide expert advice on plastics use, materials selection, process selection and design.
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)
PlastUnivers - this is a Spanish Internet resource guide for professionals of the plastics industry. The site is in Spanish only and provides a directory of plastics manufacturers and suppliers for the plastics industry. Information on current events is also available, with industry news, details of conferences and international trade fairs, as well as an electronic version of past issues of the professional magazine 'Universal Plastics' (in Spanish).
Polymer Market Place - a UK-based online shopping site for the plastics industry, deals with materials, equipment, jobs and services.
Polymer Library - is a world's most comprehensive bibliographic database dedicated to the rubber and plastics industries. Covers technical, scientific, commercial, economic and market information.
Polymer Search on the Internet - the internet search engine for rubber and plastics produced by RAPRA.
Polyurethaneweb.com - an internet portal for the polyurethane industry featuring a company-directory, jobs, technology centre, patent centre, market place and industry reports.
PRW.com - this is the first English-language online daily news service dedicated to the European plastics industry. It is free, no subscription or registration is required.
PSIGate - this is the physical sciences information gateway of the UK's Resource Discovery Network (RDN). It provides access to internet science resources in the following areas: astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, materials science, science history and policy.
Pu2Pu.com - a portal dedicated to the Polyurethane industry, includes general, technical and financial news, products and applications information and links.
RAM (Recent Advances in Manufacturing) - this is a bibliographic database available through EEVL (Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library) for manufacturing and related areas. Contains about 25,ooo articles and indexes over 500 journals, magazines and conference proceedings. Areas covered in RAM include manufacturing management, product development, manufacturing systems and processes, manufacturing planning, control and maitenance.
The Rapra Polymer Directory- contains nearly 8000 companies. This is a global trade directory for the rubber and plastics industries, and is an expanded version of the European Plastics Directory. It is fully searchable by company name, products and services, key personnel, addresses and locations. New users can search the directory free-of-charge by products and services. The users will be provided with the name of a company but further company information will be charged for. Registered users can search the entire directory by - company names; products; services; addresses; personnel names and retrieve full details of the company and its products.
ResponsibleGold.org - an information source for consumers of gold products provided by the world's premier gold producers.
Rubber and Plastics News - is the rubber industry's directory of manufacturers and suppliers, and buyer's guide mainly for the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The Product Manufacturers section provides alphabetical listings of rubber product manufacturers. The data include company and factory locations, phone numbers, the names of top officials, markets served, types of rubber and machinery used and other information. The Classified Rubber Product List gives an alphabetical list of products. From there you can link to individual items and the companies that make them. A Buyer's Guide gives a listing of the type of goods or service needed, from where you are again taken to a list of suppliers. The Associations section is where trade associations for the rubber industry can be found.
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.
Solvent Central - a recently launched site for the purpose of helping users of chemical solvents to select and evaluate alternative solvent products for their new or existing technical applications. (USA)
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. (in German)
Steelbiz- Steelbiz is an information system created by The Steel Construction Institute that gives those involved in steel construction direct access, through the Internet, to up-to-date, high quality, technical information relevant to steel construction.
STEELynx - guide to steelmaking and steel-related technologies on the web.
Steel and Metals Industry, National - Training Organisation (NTO).
Steel Matter - - British Steel (now part of Corus Group) 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 http://www.sheemetalworld.com/. 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 - "Steel Strip Resources the most complete guide to hot and cold rolled steel strip on the Internet. A comprehensive online source. Launched in 1999". (UK)
Steel-Technology.com - 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)
Steel-UK - this site has been developed by a consortium of six organisations: British Constructional Steelwork Association, British Metals Federation, ISSB Ltd., The National Association of Steel Stockholders, Steel Training Ltd., and the UK Steel Association.
SubsTech - SubsTech is a free and open knowledge source on Materials >> Engineering. It 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.
SurfaceWeb.com - this is a gateway for the surface engineering community. Access to the services requires free registration. Information on this site includes full text articles and papers, a worldwide directory of companies, an interactive and searchable glossary of terms, a discussion group, a coatings database, a powders database, a list of events, news, links to related books, and a list of members of SurfaceWeb.
TubeNet - this site serves the tube and pipe industries. The pages contain product news and updates, details of shows and exhibitions. There are also directories of machine manufacturers and tube and pipe suppliers, together with a mailing list and associated archives.
UK Welder - carries practical information, articles and job vacancies for welders, welding inspectors and welding engineers.
Virtual-Engineer - this portal serves the building and construction industries. It was launced in November 2000. The site uses indexing based on the Uniclass system. For civil and structural engineers, the sections cover the major materials and components including steel, concrete, timber, masonry, piling and foundations, fixings, accessories, paint and corrosion protection, waterproofing and fire profing. For mechanical, electrical and public health engineers, the main categories cover sanitary, waste, electric power and lighting, climate control, HVAC, communication and fire suppression.
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.
Welder Warehouse - An online welding information and supply company. They supply all the UK and offer a free "Knowledge Zone" and free "Welding Course Finder".
WireNet.org - this site is produced by the Wire Association International. It contains free access to most areas, but members-only access to pages on past journal issues archive, some member information and reference information - technical tables, metal and stock prices. Pages freely available include - current issue of the Wire Journal International, with full text of news items and people in the industry. Information on a wire and cable discussion list, a list of events and publications is also given.
Worldwide Composites Search Engine - the largest database of composite industry related web sites on the internet.
Zinc World - "the information hub on zinc - public and professional information service about zinc and publishes articles, brochures and guides". (Belgium)