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Toolkit for SEAS Students: Handbooks, Properties, Patents and More: Properties Data

Last Updated: Apr 26, 2024 4:34 PM

The list below begins with Knovel, which covers all material types, then subdivides into different categories of material (chemical, metals, etc.).


  • An excellent place to start your search for properties data for all kinds of chemicals and materials, Knovel's unique data search tool enables you to locate information "hidden" in large complex tables in hundreds of handbooks, helping you find critical numeric range values and manipulate data in a spreadsheet format.

    To learn how to use Property Search, watch this short video below. Please note, the video features an older interface, but the general search methodology remains the same.


  • Yaws' Critical Property Data for Chemical Engineers and Chemists
    Approx. 450,000 data records covering physical, thermophysical, thermodynamic, transport, safety, and environmental properties for over 5,000 inorganic substances and 35,000 organic substances. Coverage also includes solutions, refrigerants, mixtures, building and insulation materials, superheated, saturated, and subcooled fluids, and pure metals and alloys.

  • Yaws' Handbook of Thermodynamic and Physical Properties of Chemical Compounds
    Covers properties over a range of temperatures for 5,000 organic chemical compounds from C1 to C70 organics. All tables in this book are interactive and most contain live equations for easy calculation and plotting of the properties.

  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
    Hundreds of tables of critically evaluated data.

  • International Critical Tables of Numeric Data and Knovel Critical Tables

    Classic source for physical properties, with access to an enormous amount of critical data on inorganic and organic compounds and pure substances.

  • ChemSpider
    The Properties heading provides basic property and safety information. The Data Sources heading provides a rich set of physical, biological, metabolic, toxicological, and environmental data in addition to spectral and more safety data. ChemSpider can be searched by names, substructures, CAS Registry Numbers, and InChI identifiers.

  • NIST Chemistry WebBook
    High quality, critically reviewed data compiled by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Up to 45 thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics properties are available for over 40,000 compounds. The database is predominantly organic with a few inorganic compounds.

  • ChemExper Chemical Directory
    This web site provides a metasearch of over 70,000 chemicals from more than 20 supplier catalogs. The directory can be searched by registry number, molecular formula, chemical names, physical and chemical characteristics, and substructure. Links are provided to the supplier's web site and to 16,000 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Only the basic properties are directly provided: density, melting point, boiling point, and flash point. However, links to the full-text of the MSDS will usually provide some additional properties.

  • CODATA Fundamental Physical Constants
    The Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) has established internationally agreed upon values for key chemical substances. NIST maintains this web page of the 2010 CODATA recommended values.

  • IUPAC-NIST Solubility Database
    Solubility and liquid-liquid equilibrium data tables for 4,400 systems of up to four components.

  • WebElements
    An interactive periodic table containing property data for all known chemical elements.


  • Metal Material Data Sheets
    Over 12,000 material data sheets for ferrous and nonferrous groups, electronic/magnetic alloy, intermetallic, metal matrix composite and metal foam, mesh or honeycomb. Ferrous includes all varieties of steel and iron. Nonferrous include aluminums, coppers, nickel, zinc, precious metals and other non-iron based alloys. Each group of materials has interactive tables with basic properties in US customary and metric units.

  • Aluminum Alloy Database
    This online database provides physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of both wrought and and a wide variety of types of cast aluminum alloys.

  • Properties of Aluminum Alloys - Fatigue Data and the Effects of Temperature
    This handbook provides one of the most comprehensive collections of fatigue data available for aluminum alloys, tempers, and related products.

  • Titanium Alloy Database
    This online database is a comprehensive compilation of typical and representative mechanical and physical properties for over 80 well-known wrought and cast commercial titanium alloys in a variety of production conditions at various temperatures.

  • Materials Properties Handbook - Titanium Alloys
    This handbook provides extensive information on applications, physical properties, corrosion, mechanical properties (including design allowables where available), fatigue, fracture properties, and elevated temperature properties for titanium alloys.

  • Engineering Properties of Steel
    Extensive data on properties of more than 425 steels in addition to chemical composition, fabrication characteristics, machining data, and typical uses.

  • Smithells Metals Reference Book
    This classic handbook contains information on the technology and science of metallic materials and includes numerous tables of physical, chemical, electrical, mechanical, and magnetic properties of metals. Includes interactive phase diagrams and graphs.

  • Handbook of Corrosion Data
    The first part of this reference book contains summaries on the general corrosion characteristics of major metals and alloys in various corrosion environments. The second part is organized alphabetically by chemical compound and data for each corrosive agent/compound is presented in tabular form.

  • Compilation of Stress-Relaxation Data for Engineering Alloys
    Compilation of published and known data on stress relaxation of metals and alloys of engineering interest.

  • Atlas of Fatigue Curves
    Over 500 fatigue curves for industrial ferrous and nonferrous alloys.

  • Atlas of Stress-Strain Curves
    Over 1,400 stress-strain curves. Curve types include monotonic and cyclic stress-strain, isochronous stress-strain, and tangent modulus.

  • Atlas of Time-Temperature Diagrams for Irons and Steels

  • Atlas of Time-Temperature Diagrams for Nonferrous Alloys
    Comprehensive collections of time-temperature diagrams for irons and steels and for nonferrous alloys, respectively.


  • Plastic Material Data Sheets
    Data sheets for more than 55,000 plastic materials. The majority of the materials fall under two main types: thermoplastics and thermosets. Thermoplastics include nylons, polyesters, polyethylenes, polypropylenes, ABS and thermoplastic elastomers. Thermosets include polyurethanes, epoxies, phenolics and polyesters. Within these two main types, the materials are further classified into material families based on their chemical composition. Each group of materials has interactive tables with basic properties in US customary and metric units.

  • Polymer Data Handbook (2nd edition)
    Properties data for 218 polymers.

  • Fatigue and Tribological Properties of Plastics and Elastomers (3rd edition)
    Collection of test results for over 100 plastics and elastomers for various fatigue and tribological properties. Results are presented in textual, graphical, and tabular formats.


  • Composite Material Data Sheets
    Data sheets for more than 1000 composite materials. These materials fall under nine types: carbon fiber/thermoset composite, ceramic matrix composite, composite core material, composite fibers, composite SMC, epoxy/carbon fiber composite, metal matrix composite, phenolic, carbon fiber composite and phenolic, graphite cloth composite.


  • Handbook of Glass Properties
    Compilation of thermal, mechanical, electrical, and other properties for a wide range of glasses.

  • Knovel Optical and Filter Glass Database
    Property data for more than 1700 commercially available glasses. Optical properties covered in the database include glasscode, refractive indices, Abbe number, relative and absolute partial dispersion data, and transmittance. Comprehensive coverage of mechanical and chemical property values is also presented.


  • NIST Ceramics WebBook
    This resource consists of two searchable databases, High-Temperature Superconductors (WebHTS) and Structural Ceramics (WebSCD), and one browseable collection of property data summaries (WebPDS) for six categories of ceramics. The superconductor database provides evaluated thermal, mechanical, and superconducting properties for oxide superconductors. Materials are searchable by chemical family, informal name, structure type, and desired property. The structural database provides evaluated data for a wide range of structural, engineering, and fine ceramics.





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