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.

As Material Science programs are increasingly integrating ICME (Integrated Computational Materials Engineering) methodology courses into their curriculum, Thermo-Calc Software provide support to help universities access the necessary tools and learn how to use and teach them. We offer an educational package for undergraduate level materials science courses, which includes a demonstration version of our software along with teaching materials and problems for students, available for free on our website. We also support several summer school programs through teaching, sponsorship and providing free versions of our software and databases. Approximately half of Thermo-Calc users are universities, and we value our partnership with these institutions and are proud to support them.

Congratulations to all of the universities who made the 2017 list.


The Diffusion module (DICTRA) Now Available in the Graphical Mode

The Diffusion module (DICTRA), the software program for accurate simulation of diffusion controlled reactions in multicomponent alloy systems, is now available in the graphical mode beginning with Thermo-Calc 2017a, making it easier than ever for users to begin making diffusion simulations.  Continue reading

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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