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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Greg Olson Returns to MIT as the First Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice

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Professor Gregory B. Olson, who has been selected as the first Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice at MIT.

This new professorship is an exciting opportunity for the application of CALPHAD tools and principles, as well as the systems design approach to materials, to be better understood by scientific and engineering communities who may not be fully aware of these concepts yet. Olson’s unique set of skills, which include being an inventor, entrepreneur, educator, engineer, musician and scientist, all contributed to him being named the first Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice, the practice being that of materials design, where one uses computational tools to design and develop new alloys and materials processes.

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Thermo-Calc Software Supporting University New Professorship at MIT

Thermo-Calc Software are supporting a new professorship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice. The position aims to bring in someone with an advanced career in industry, such as a CEO, to provide practical experience at a high level in the area of computational materials science. Professor Gregory B. Olson, Co-founder of QuesTek Innovations, has been selected as the first Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice, to begin in January 2020.  

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Segregation in Continuously Cast Steel Billets Investigated using Thermo-Calc and DICTRA

Steel billets with text that reads Thermo-Calc and DICTRA used for investigating segregation in continuously cast steel billets.

A paper published in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering investigates various fundamental concepts that are at play during the solidification of continuously cast steel billets at different cooling rates. The simulations in the paper, Continuous Casting of High Carbon Steel: How Does Hard Cooling Influence Solidification, Micro and Macro Segregation?, were performed with the Thermo-Calc software package to investigate solidification as well as micro and macro segregation of steel billets from continuous casting. Thermo-Calc, together with the TCFE database, was used to calculate different steel properties and perform Scheil solidification simulations to compare simplified C80D steels with no carbon diffusion and fast carbon diffusion. The calculated steel properties were then used in the solidification simulation in CHILL (developed by the SMS Group). With information from the CHILL simulations, the diffusion equations were solved using the Diffusion module (DICTRA) together with the free mobility database MFEDEMO. Thermo-Calc was also used to calculate the driving forces for diffusion with the free database FEDEMO.

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Thermo-Calc Software Receives ASM Pacesetter Award

Thermo-Calc Software is honoured to receive the 2019 ASM Pacesetter Award for contributions to education in the fields of materials science and engineering. The award was accepted by Thermo-Calc Software Inc President, Paul Mason, at the ASM Leadership Luncheon at MS&T last week in Portland, OR. The ASM Pacesetter award was established in 2009 to honour organisations that support the ASM Materials Education Foundation in their mission of advancing scientific and engineering knowledge through support of education and research. The award is given annually and previous recipients include Chevron, NACE International Foundation and ONR – Office Naval Research. Thermo-Calc Software is proud to support the ASM Materials Education Foundation and honoured to join such a prestigious group of recipients.

Paul Mason accepting the ASM Pacesetter Award on behalf of Thermo-Calc Software.
Paul Mason, President of Thermo-Calc Software Inc, Accepts the ASM Pacesetter award at the ASM Leadership Luncheon at MS&T 2019.

Since 2015, following a successful pilot program that commenced in 2012, Thermo-Calc Software has supported the ASM Materials Genome Toolkit Program Award which is partially supported by the NIST-funded Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD) as part of the national Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). This award, established by the ASM Materials Education Foundation and under a special arrangement with Thermo-Calc Software AB, is a competition open to U.S. undergraduate engineering programs to compete to receive licenses for the latest versions of Thermo-Calc, add-on modules and databases. This program has been instigated to promote science-based computational materials design and engineering in undergraduate curriculum.

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