Six New Examples in Thermo-Calc 2017b

Thermo-Calc 2017b, which was released in October 2017, includes six new graphical mode examples to help users learn about the new features in the software – three new examples for the Diffusion module (DICTRA) and three for the Precipitation module (TC-PRISMA).

Beginning with Thermo-Calc 2017b, users without a license for the Diffusion module (DICTRA) or the Precipitation module (TC-PRISMA) can now run calculations in these modules with up to three elements, instead of two, meaning that all users can now run all of the included examples files. Users who do not upgrade to Thermo-Calc 2017b can test out the Diffusion and Precipitation modules by downloading the free Thermo-Calc demo.

CCT diagram calculated in Thermo-Calc

A CCT diagram calculated in the Precipitation module (TC-PRISMA) using example P-7. The CCT calculation type was added to Thermo-Calc in the 2017b release and allows users to make calculations for Continuous Cooling Transformation.

The examples have also been renamed to clarify which module they are for. Examples for Thermo-Calc in general have a “T” in front of the number, examples for the Diffusion module have a “D” and examples for the Precipitation module have a “P”.

New Diffusion module (DICTRA) examples:

  • D_05_Diffusion_Fe_Ni_Cr_Moving_Boundary_Diffusion_Couple
  • D_06_Diffusion_Carburization_Tube
  • D_07_Diffusion_Carburization_Multiphase. Watch the D_07 tutorial video showing users how to set up the calculation.

New Precipitation module (TC-PRISMA) examples:

  • P_07_Precipitation_Ni-Al-Cr_CCT_Gamma-Gamma_prime. Watch the P_07 tutorial video to learn more about this calculation. 
  • P_08_Precipitation_Cu-Ti_CU4TI1_Sphere_Needle
  • P_09_Precipitation_Al-Sc_AL3SC_Sphere_Cuboid. Watch the P_09 video tutorial showing users how to set up the calculation.

All examples can be accessed from within Thermo-Calc in the Help Menu > Open Examples. The examples are divided into folders for Thermo-Calc, the Diffusion module (DICTRA) and the Precipitation module (TC-PRISMA).


Thermo-Calc Software Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Thermo-Calc Software AB are excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary as a company this year. Founded in 1997, we have grown to become a leading developer of software and databases for computational thermodynamics and kinetics, but our history goes back much further than just 20 years.

In honour of reaching the two decade mark, we’d like to share our interesting history with you. Learn how we transformed from a graduate project in the late 1970s in Stockholm, Sweden, to a leading developer of computational thermodynamics and kinetics and the people who are behind our success in our new 20th anniversary video:


As we look toward the future, users can expect our software to broaden toward predicting various mechanical properties, application modules (e.g. steel processing) and more. We will continue to release updates on a two-times-per-year cycle, work to expand our growing collection of thermodynamic and kinetic databases and develop new property databases to meet customer demand.

Thank you to all of our users who have made our first 20 years so successful.

Congratulations to the 2017 NIMS Award Recipients

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The 2017 NIMS award winners, from left to right: Dr. John Ågren, Dr. Bo Sundman and Dr. Kiyohito Ishida. Photo credit: National Institute of Materials Science

Thermo-Calc Software send our congratulations to this year’s NIMS Award recipients, Dr. John Ågren, Dr. Bo Sundman and Dr. Kiyohito Ishida. According to the NIMS announcement, the three were selected because they “have advanced the field of computational thermodynamics and developed thermodynamic calculation software.” Both Dr. Ågren and Dr. Sundman are original developers of Thermo-Calc and Dr. Ågren is currently a Senior Scientific Adviser at Thermo-Calc Software.

The NIMS Award has been given out since 2007 and is, “given to researchers with outstanding achievements in the development of scientific technologies for application in various substances and materials.” Scientists are nominated from around the world and winners are selected after a rigorous examination by a panel of scholarly experts.

The three recipients will be celebrated at the 2017 NIMS Week, an academic symposium and business convention held October 4-6 at the Tsukuba International Congress Center in Japan.

Congratulations to all three recipients on this prestigious award.


Thermo-Calc Presentation Highlighted at EUROMAT 2017

Join Thermo-Calc Software at the premier conference on materials science in Europe, EUROMAT 2017, where we will be giving three presentations, one of which has been selected as a highlighted presentation. Additionally, John Ågren, who recently joined the company as a scientific adviser, will be giving a plenary talk at the conference, Computational modeling and Materials Design.

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Thermo-Calc Software Welcomes John Ågren to the Company

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John Ågren

Thermo-Calc Software are excited to announce that Prof. John Ågren has joined the company as a Senior Scientific Advisor.

Prof. Ågren was one of the original developers of Thermo-Calc in the late 1970s, working with two others, Bo Sundman and Bo Jansson, to write the preliminary code and develop the initial databases as part of their doctoral thesis projects at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. The three students were working on separate projects, but each needed access to thermodynamic data, so they set out to create collaborative software to help them complete their research, and by 1981, they had completed the first version of Thermo-Calc. The software was soon licensed to other organisations, and in 1997, the company Thermo-Calc Software AB was founded. Continue reading


The annual QS World University Rankings by Subjects was released in March, and this year, over 70% of the top 100 universities that specialise in Materials Science are Thermo-Calc users. Thermo-Calc Software have long supported universities and we are proud to see that so many of our users are being recognised as top Materials Science Programs.

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subjects, published by British Quacquarelli Symonds every March, ranks universities around the world in 46 subjects, including Materials Science. Rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. QS also publish a list of the top universities in the world overall every September, which also includes many Thermo-Calc users.  Continue reading