Educate the Educators: Summer School for Integrated Computational Materials Education

Current and future educators working in undergraduate thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanics of materials and solid-state physics are encouraged to apply for the 6th Summer School for Integrated Computational Materials Education, which will take place at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, June 5-16, 2017. Continue reading

Congratulations to QuesTek on Winning Six SBIR/STTR AWARDS

Thermo-Calc Software would like to congratulate QuesTek Innovations, LLC on their recent award of six separate projects from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army to develop technologies and design new alloys specifically tailored to the meet the unique challenges of Additive Manufacturing (AM). These six awards are just the latest in a long list of such projects awarded to QuesTek spanning nearly two decades and comprising over 90 US government-funded projects, including several others for additive manufacturing.

QuesTek Innovations LLC have become a global leader in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) by using their proprietary Materials by Design® methodology to rapidly develop new materials that reduce capital, processing, operating or maintenance costs, or improve environmental protection or competitive supply. Thermo-Calc Software are proud to have partnered with QuesTek Innovations on a number of projects over the years, including, most recently, the co-founding of QuesTek Europe, a joint venture that was established to offer ICME modelling services and novel materials development and design services to the European market.

To learn more about these six projects and the increasing importance of Additive Manufacturing, read the QuesTek press release.

From all of us at Thermo-Calc Software, congratulations to QuesTek Innovations on these latest awards.

In Loving Memory of Dr. Pingfang Shi

Pingfang Shi

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of one of our longest and dearest employees Dr. Pingfang Shi, who died yesterday after a hard-fought battle with cancer. As the first employee of Thermo-Calc Software Pingfang guided us through our uncertain early years and shaped this company into the warm, caring place it is today. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Our thoughts are with his family in this difficult time.



Presentation on High Entropy Alloys Database Development

High entropy alloys (HEAs), along with Multi-principal element alloys (MPEs) and Complexly concentrated alloys (CCAs), offer an exciting, emerging branch of materials research. Unlike conventional alloys, which are usually based on one principal element that, to a large extent, determines the properties of the alloy, these types of alloys consider a wide variety of elements, opening a new field for vast compositions and microstructures, making research into HEAs, MPEs and CCAs tremendously compelling.

Elements in the TCHEA databaseConsidered to be only 12 years old, these complex alloys were introduced in 2004 in two papers that were published a mere two months apart. The definition of HEAs, MPEs and CCAs varies, but in the broadest sense, HEAs are considered to be alloys consisting of five or more principal elements with 5 to 35 atomic percentage for each and based on a simple solid solution, while MPEs and CCAs are considered to be alloys with two or more principle elements. Continue reading

Importance of CALPHAD Highlighted in Presentation

CALPHAD has a long and storied history that is often overlooked in the larger context of materials science. However, with the signing of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) by President Obama in 2011, the large-scale initiatives in the EU around Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and similar efforts starting in Asia, with Japan and China in the lead, CALPHAD has been getting more recognition within the Materials Genome community.

This was highlighted in a fascinating presentation given by Dr. Qing Chen of Thermo-Calc Software at the IFAM 2016 conference in Nanjing, China, this September. The presentation discussed the history of CALPHAD and underscored its importance in the larger context of computational materials engineering.

Qing Chen giving a presentation on the history of CALPHAD

Dr. Qing Chen of Thermo-Calc Software giving a presentation on the history of CALPHAD at IFAM 2016 in Nanjing, China.

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Thermo-Calc Now Offering ICME Modelling Services and Designed Alloys Services to the European Market

Thermo-Calc Software have partnered with the global leader in computational materials design, QuesTek Innovations, to offer Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) modelling services and novel materials design and development to the European market under the jointly founded company QuesTek Europe. Continue reading

Meet Thermo-Calc Software’s CEO

Thermo-Calc Software booth at World PM2016

Thermo-Calc Software CEO Anders Engström (right) with Hans Magnusson of Swerea KIMAB standing in the Thermo-Calc Software booth at World PM2016. We attend many conferences to get user feedback and stay connected to our customers.

This week Thermo-Calc Software is at the World PM2016 Congress and Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, and our exhibition booth is staffed by none other than our CEO, Anders Engström. As a company, we attend nearly 50 conferences each year, sending a variety of employees to events. In fact, staff from all departments have attended conferences, including marketing, software and database development and even the finance department. Continue reading