Online searchable database of spring materials

PUBLISHED: 07 Jun 12

The updated Material Selector software
The updated Material Selector software

The Institute of Spring Technology (IST) has been working on updating our Material Selector software, which was originally developed in co-operation with the European Spring Federation (ESF), to provide an online database of spring materials.

The website ( was launched in May 2012, following demonstrations earlier in the year at MACH 2012 and WIRE 2012 exhibitions. The site incorporates a material selector feature, automatically providing a list of candidate materials from a specific set of application parameters, allowing the user to search for materials matching any of the following criteria:

  • Spring type
  • Material type
  • Operating temperature
  • Operating environment
  • Design life
  • Chemical composition

Full details of a chosen material are displayed, including mechanical and physical properties, tensile strengths, chemical composition, supplier details (for both the material and suitable coatings) and equivalent specifications from other national standards and commercial material grades. In addition, guidance is offered on heat treatment and corrosion resistance, and typical relaxation and fatigue prediction diagrams are available for most materials. PDF 'information sheets' can be printed from the system.

Materials currently contained in the database included international specifications AFNOR, AS, ASTM, BS, DIN, EN, IS, ISO and JIS as well as proprietary materials. The database is regularly updated, and data from other standards will be included in these updates.

We're offering a 2 week free trial of the database to IWMA Members; go to the website and register, and enter IWMAAUG as the Voucher Code when prompted.

IST is the UK based International Independent Centre of Excellence for Spring Technology. We offer all companies involved in the spring industry supply chain a wide range of specialist technical services, research and development, training, consultancy and testing from our UKAS / NQA accredited technical center, with ISO 17025 & ISO 9001 approvals.

Institute of Spring Technology (IST), UK
Tel: + 44 114 276 0771

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