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.
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.
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.
Considered 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
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.
Dr. Qing Chen of Thermo-Calc Software giving a presentation on the history of CALPHAD at IFAM 2016 in Nanjing, China.
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
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
A new paper published in the Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion discusses recent advances in the search for Pb-free solder designs from the perspective of thermodynamics and phase diagrams. Continue reading
A paper published in the March issue of the Journal CALPHAD relies on Thermo-Calc to analyse three methods used to increase the efficiency of computational materials software when applied to high temperature industrial alloys. Continue reading
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Customer Satisfaction Survey. This year’s survey focused on a few key areas that we are currently working on in an attempt to get feedback that we can implement immediately. We received a tremendous amount of information, which we have analysed and are now working to integrate into our road maps. Continue reading
Thermo-Calc Software hosted our largest ever User Group Meeting on June 16, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting was attended by over 100 people.