NIST databases

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, Md.) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce tasked with promoting “U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.” A partial list of NIST ceramic and glass property databases follows.

  • ACerS NIST Phase Equilibria Diagram Products: Over 28,500 critically evaluated diagrams for understanding temperature-dependent material interactions in ceramic and inorganic systems.
  • NIST Structural Ceramics Database: Evaluated materials property data for a wide range of advanced ceramics. Covers the major series of compounds derived from the ceramic oxide, carbide, nitride, boride, and oxynitride chemical families.
  • NIST High Temperature Superconducting Materials Database: Evaluated thermal, mechanical, and superconducting property data for oxide superconductors.
  • NIST Characterization of Fracture Origins in Advanced Ceramic Materials: Fracture Origin Characterization and the Flaw Catalog: Fracture origin characterization scheme; examples of the most common types of flaws observed in advanced ceramic materials.
  • NIST Property Data Summaries for Advanced Materials: Collections of property values derived from surveys of published data. Thermal, mechanical, structural, and chemical properties are included in the collections.
  • NIST Fracture Property Data Summaries: Oxide Glasses
  • NIST Fracture Toughness Data for Ceramics
  • NIST Property Data Summaries: Sintered Alumina
    NIST Property Data Summaries: Silicon Carbide
    NIST Property Data Summaries: Y:123 Superconductors


Other property databases

  • Mat Web: Free materials information database with data on 22,154 materials, including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites. Comprised mostly of data sheets and spec sheets supplied by manufacturers and distributors.
  • MEMS Material Properties Database: Includes mechanical properties, electrical properties, optical properties, and other values acquired through a literature search conducted by the MEMS Clearinghouse.
  • NASA Ames TPSX Materials Property: Database for advanced thermal protection material properties.
  • Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD): Maintained by Fachsinformationzentrum (FIZ) in Karlsruhe, Germany.


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