The online Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database (GPMD), which welcomed its first registered user in October 2004, is firmly established as a major resource for designers and engineers around the world.
The database, which is available free of charge to registered users, is a project funded jointly by North America’s Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA), and the Japan Powder Metallurgy Association (JPMA).
“The GPMD was an ambitious and forward-looking project that has in the last ten years shown designers and engineers the wide range and unique properties of materials available through the Powder Metallurgy process. It is part of a range of support services for customers provided by the PM industry,” stated EPMA Executive Director Jonathan Wroe.
Originally covering only the ferrous PM industry, the website has since been refined and extended to include the nonferrous PM and MIM sectors and now contains nearly 4,000 lines of high-quality data. The data is fully searchable and outputs can be exported to several well-known FEA packages.
In the most recent developments information has been added covering strain-controlled fatigue data that is displayed in a user-friendly format viewable in both tabular and graphic formats.
The GPMD now has over 10,000 registered users from countries all over the world and from a wide range of industrial sectors. Work continues to develop and include new data and new capabilities for the system, which forms an essential information tool for the development of the PM industry.