Next Generation TiAl Alloys Advanced by New European Consortium

The launch of a three-year research project across three countries and involving over 10 leading experts will significantly advance the design of titanium aluminide (TiAl) alloys used in the manufacture of lightweight aircraft turbine engine components.

The ADVANCE project—Sophisticated experiments and optimisation to advance an existing CALPHAD database for next generation TiAl alloys—consists of an extensive and ambitious experimental program to generate detailed and accurate phase equilibrium data for a series of homogenous Ti-Al-X alloys of high purity, aiming to resolve existing experimental controversies and to determine missing data points of relevance, and ultimately support modelling activities consisting of assessing and re-optimising individual subsystems and the development of cutting-edge CALPHAD databases for TiAl alloys.

Representatives of the Consortium to advance TiAl alloys

Representatives of the ADVANCE consortium, left to right: Hai-Lin Chen (TCSAB), Roman Sowa (MTU), Annett Seide (MTU), Svea Mayer (MUL), Martin Schloffer (MTU), Martin Palm (MPIE), Anders Engström (TCSAB), Florian Pyczak (HZG), Marcus Rackel (HZG), Roland Schmier (MTU). Missing from the photo: Frank Stein (MPIE), Yang Yang (TCSAB)

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Introducing Thermo-Calc 2019a

Thermo-Calc 2019a was released in December 2018 and brings many new databases, improved tools for integrating Thermo-Calc into an ICME workflow and the first ever material-specific property model library.

Highlights of the Thermo-Calc 2019a release:

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John Ågren to be Inducted into National Academy of Engineering

Headshot of John Ågren

John Ågren

Congratulations to John Ågren, who has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Formal inductions into the academy will take place on September 30, 2018, in Washington, D.C., during a ceremony at the NAE annual meeting. Election into this prestigious group is considered to be one of the highest honours an engineer can receive in their career.

Prof. Ågren is one of the original developers of Thermo-Calc and recently joined the company as a Senior Scientific Adviser. He is also a professor of materials science and engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, and is being honoured by the NAE “for development of integrated thermodynamics and kinetics analysis tools enabling computational materials engineering.”

Prof. Ågren has received many awards throughout his illustrious career, including the TMS William Hume-Rothery Award in 2011, the NIMS award in 2017 and election into the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2006. Congratulations to Prof. Ågren on this momentous achievement.

Read more about Prof. Ågren’s distinguished career and contributions to Thermo-Calc software.

 

Thermo-Calc 2018b released with new TC-Python features

Thermo-Calc 2018b is released in June 2018 and includes the addition of three key features to the TC-Python API and two new thermodynamic databases for metal oxide solutions (TCOX8) and Mg-based alloys (TCMG5).

A Scheil composition profile created in TC-Python showing a solidified Ni-based superalloy.

A Scheil composition profile created in TC-Python showing a solidified Ni-based superalloy.

Highlights of the Thermo-Calc 2018b release: 

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Thermo-Calc Software Opens Office in Zürich

Thermo-Calc Software has opened an office in Zürich, Switzerland, to better support our users in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The office will be under the leadership of Nicholas Grundy, an experienced Technical Sales Manager with a PhD in Materials Science from ETH Zurich.

Users in Switzerland, Austria and Germany now have the option of contacting our Zürich office for local support:

Thermo-Calc Switzerland office
Thermo-Calc Software, Switzerland
Citizen Space Zürich
Heinrichstrasse 267
8005 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Contact:
nicholas@thermocalc.com
Tel: +41 78 812 72 45

 

 

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.