Material Library

Access 15,412 Materials with up to 42 Key Properties Each

With COMSOL Multiphysics®, you have complete control over the definitions and use of the material properties of your models. You can use the Material Browser to manage all of your models' materials in one place and use the Model Builder to manage and customize the materials in your COMSOL® simulations. By adding the Material Library, you gain access to a large library of material properties. The library contains data for 15,412 materials — including elements, minerals, metal alloys, thermal insulators, semiconductors, piezoelectric materials, and more.

Each material has up to 42 key property functions, each dependent on a variable (most often temperature). You can plot and inspect the definitions of these functions as well as add to and alter them. They can also be used in any physics simulation couplings that depend on the material properties in your multiphysics models. The Material Library also provides references for the material properties data it contains.

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Available Materials

The following classes of materials are included in the Material Library:

  • The elements
  • Fe and Ni alloys
  • Al and Cu alloys
  • Mg and Ti alloys
  • Zn and precious metal alloys
  • Oxides
  • Carbides, cermets, and tool steels
  • Carbons and thermal insulators
  • Intermetallics, thermal barrier coatings, and refractory metal alloys
  • Nylons, polyamides, polyethers, and polyesters
  • Acetal, PVDF, and EVA
  • Elastomers and epoxies
  • Miscellaneous polymers and polymer composites
  • Minerals, rocks, soils, and woods
  • Polypropylenes, PET, PBT, ECTFE, PFA, and ETFE
  • Zinc, precious metal, and thermocouple alloys
  • Solders, brazes, and low melting and dental alloys
  • Semiconductors and optical materials
  • Organics, hydrocarbons, and foods
  • Cobalt, resistance, and magnetic alloys
  • Metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites
  • Salts
  • Fuel cells, batteries, and electroceramics
  • Silicides and borides
  • Glasses, metallic glasses, and nitrides
  • Cast irons and mold materials
  • Circuit boards and antenna substrates
  • Epoxies, acrylics, and PMMA
  • Structural foams
  • Other materials (such as air, seawater, and ammonia)

About the Materials in the Material Library

The 15,412 materials in the Material Library consist of a total of 139,553 comprehensive material property datasets, representing relevant material properties for each material. Together with these material properties, you will find references that describe the source of the data, notes about the accuracy of the property values, and other relevant information about the material properties. Many of the properties are defined as a function, most often of temperature, and are typically implemented as piecewise polynomial functions.

Most of the materials are available in different phases, such as solid, liquid, gas, and other material-specific phases. For many materials in the Material Library, different variations are also included, such as material properties at different operating conditions or variants of one material. For some materials, variants corresponding to different material orientations are provided.

With the Material Library, you can quickly search and browse for materials and add them to a model, either as global materials or to any model component. You can also add materials to an existing or new user-defined library and modify their properties once you have added them to a model.

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