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Physical properties of materials

Last Updated: 20-Sep-2016

A listing of selected online and print resources for research in the physical properties of materials.  The Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library has the most print resources, but there are many online options as well.

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Databases and online subscription resources

[Materials Park, OH] : ASM
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Explore, search and view more than 11,000 binary and ternary phase diagrams and associated phase data for more than 2400 systems.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
The Aerospace Structural Metals Database (ASMD) contains more than 80,000 data curves on over 231 alloys used in the aerospace, power generation, defense, research, and academic sectors.
1994 ed. West Lafayette, Ind. : CINDAS/Purdue University, 1994.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » TA483 .D34 1994 V.1
A comprehensive compilation of fracture and crack growth data for high strength alloys. Each alloy section contains a data summary, fracture toughness data, and crack growth resistance data.   The five-volume, 3600 page set is available in searchable PDF format.
Schenectady, N.Y. : Genium Pub. Corp., c1984-
Engineering Library (Terman) » Reference
This is the classic print only version originally published by General Electric Company, Corporate Research and Development Division. It has never been available online.
Berlin : Fiz Chemie
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Contains experimental data on phase equilibria as well as caloric data, transport and surface properties with bibliographic information.  Numerical data on approximately 200 thermodynamic and physical properties, which are combinable with 25 conditions and 22 equilibrium types.
Norwich, N.Y. : knovel, 2003-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Knovel is a collection of ~1,000 engineering handbooks.  Includes properties such as Abbe number, Refractive index, Dispersion data, and Transmittance curves of commercially-available optical and filter glasses.  With Critical Tables > Data Search, you can search by material (trade names, common names, chemical formulae, etc.) and selecting from the drag-and-drop list of known properties identified in all the books of the collection to see the properties of your material. Or you can do it the other way around, searching by properties to get a list of any materials that match (i.e. "all materials with a hardness of between X and Y").
West Lafayette, IN : CINDAS LLC
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
The Microelectronics Packaging Materials Database  (MPMD) contains data and information on thermal, mechanical, electrical and physical properties of electronics packaging materials. It covers over 1025 materials, 388 properties, and contains approximately 22,500 data curves.
[Washington, D.C.] : National Institute of Standards and Technology, [1998]
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
A comprehensive source for chemical and physical property data for chemical compounds.
[Frankfurt, Germany ; New York, NY] : Elsevier
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Search the Beilstein, Gmelin and Patent Chemistry Databases.
Based on the Landolt-Börnstein New Series, this is a unique, fully evaluated data collection in all areas of physical sciences and engineering.
1996 ed. / West Lafayette, Ind. : CINDAS/Purdue University, c1999.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks
Draws on a database of well-defined test results and metals properties information. It includes representative, detailed characterization
data for the more common metals and alloys important to construction, machine tool, heavy equipment, automotive, and general manufacturing industries.   This handbook consists of three volumes, 2,500 pages available in searchable PDF format.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
The Thermophysical Properties of Matter Database (TMPD) is the searchable, electronic version of Thermophysical Properties of Matter, the TPRC data series. It contains over 4,900 materials categorized into 85 material groups, 87 properties, and over 50,000 data curves. 

Internet resources for physical properties of materials