Weiwei Zhang Receives JPED Editor Choice Award

Weiwei Zhang, PhD, Material Scientist at Thermo-Calc Software, was awarded for her paper “Thermodynamic Modeling of the La-Co-O System” (Authors: Weiwei Zhang, Erwin Povoden-Karadeniz, Huixia Xu & Ming Chen). It was recognized as one of six papers in the annual JPED Editors’ Choice Awards. Dr. Zhang’s paper is based on a chapter from her PhD thesis and was edited for publication in the “Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion”.

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Weiwei Zhang, PhD, Material Scientist at Thermo-Calc Software
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How to Do a CALPHAD Assessment

People often ask how our thermodynamic and properties databases are developed. The databases contain a tremendous amount of information about the properties of materials and they provide the information needed to complete calculations in Thermo-Calc. A lot of work goes into their development by a team of experts who work continually to expand their functionality and ensure they contain the latest and most accurate information.

We put together a video answering this very question that demonstrates just how this process works. Watch the video to learn how we develop our thermodynamic and properties databases.

All of the files shown in the video can be downloaded so that you can follow along and complete your own CALPHAD assessment:

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Advantages of Thermo-Calc for the Aerospace Industry Highlighted in “Heat Treat Today”

Consistency in material properties and performance is critical to the aerospace industry. Small variations in material chemistry or process windows can have a large impact on the final part performance. The ability to predict and adjust for these variations can reduce scrap and part re-work. Metallurgists and process engineers responsible for heat treatments must adapt their processes when input variables change.

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Paul Mason, President of Thermo-Calc Software Inc, left, and Adam Hope, Technical Sales and Support, right, discuss how CALPHAD-based tools like Thermo-Calc can be applied to the aerospace industry in a recent article in “Heat Treat Today”.

In an article recently published in “Heat Treat Today”, Adam Hope and Paul Mason from Thermo-Calc Software Inc, discuss how modeling and simulation tools such as Thermo-Calc can support engineers in their research.

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Complimentary Thermo-Calc Licenses Support Research Beneficial for Sustainability in Transport and Energy Sector

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Gourav Mundhra, PHD student

Gourav Mundhra is a joint PhD student in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the National Tsing Hua University. He resides in India and is the lead author of the article “Design of a novel Al–Ti–Zr light-weight alloy: CALPHAD and experiments” which was recently published in the Journal of Alloys and Compounds by Elsevier.

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QuesTek Europe Launches New Website

The Thermo-Calc Software joint venture, QuesTek Europe, has announced the launch of a new website, questekeurope.com. The goal of the new website is to provide current and prospective clients and partners an easier way to learn about QuesTek Europe’s services and contribution to technological development through both industrial and academic collaborations.

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The new QuesTek Europe website, where one can learn about their state-of-the-art novel materials design and development services.
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Thermo-Calc Software Supports Customers during Confinement

As months of uncertainty in the shadow of the corona crisis pass us by, authorities around the world are still advising many of us to work from home to prevent the spread of the virus. Responding to this advice, Thermo-Calc Software decided to offer complimentary licenses to existing customers to ensure that researchers working with our tools can continue to pursue their work. Since then, many members of the Thermo-Calc community have accepted the offer, and the feedback from them has been heartwarming. Anders Engström, President & CEO of Thermo-Calc Software AB, reflects on the decision.

Anders Engström President & CEO of Thermo-Calc Software
Anders Engström, President & CEO of Thermo-Calc Software, shares his thoughts on the time of confinement.
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All TMS 2020 Presentations from Thermo-Calc Software Available Now

This year’s TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition was attended by more than 4,000 engineers, scientists, academics and other professionals who shared the latest advances in the fields of minerals, metals and materials. Staff from our main office in Sweden, Switzerland and the USA were in attendance, giving seven presentations on the latest developments to our software and databases.

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Thermo-Calc Software employees and several friends of the company at our booth during TMS 2020.

We are releasing all of our TMS 2020 presentations in PDF format, so you can read about some of the exciting new developments that we have been working on. Read about the new Pearlite model being implemented into the Property Model Calculator, advances in additive manufacturing applications, an upgrade to the Process Metallurgy Module that will allow users to model the entire steelmaking process and more.

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Thermo-Calc Software and TCHEA Databases Prove Part of Research Successes at High Entropy Materials Workshop

As the third International Workshop on High Entropy Materials was organized by the Department of Materials Science & Engineering in Kanpur India, three weeks ago, Thermo-Calc software and TCHEA databases enjoyed a host of references to the opportunities created by computerized applications. At a vibrant and compelling gathering of great minds, Bhanu Prasad Babburi, Director at Bhanu Scientific Systems and the Thermo-Calc Software agent for India, participated.

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Applications of Thermo-Calc to Steel Making Processes Described in New Paper

A paper was recently published as part of the TMS Proceedings 11th International Symposium on High Temperature Metallurgical Processing which describes in detail how Thermo-Calc can be applied to steel making processes for new and existing steel grades using the new Process Metallurgy Module, which was introduced last year in Thermo-Calc 2019b. The paper, titled The application of an effective equilibrium reaction zone model based on CALPHAD thermodynamics to steel making, describes how an expansion to the module, coming this year, incorporates a kinetic model of the steelmaking process based on the concept of effective equilibrium reaction zones (EERZ) and gives a detailed example of how this module can be applied to the entire steelmaking process using a real case from a steel plant in Ontario, Canda.  

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