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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Thermo-Calc Software CEO Speaks at The World Manufacturing Forum Technical Day

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Presenters at the Harnessing Materials Information for Manufacturing symposium are shown on a slide above the stage.

ASM International hosted a symposium at this year’s The World Manufacturing Forum Technical Day called Harnessing Materials Information for Manufacturing. Topics for the session included designing new materials, materials information and design processes and integration with manufacturing. 

Thermo-Calc Software CEO, Anders Engström, was invited to give a joint keynote address with the CEO of QuesTek Innovations, Aziz Asphahani, on applying computational materials engineering to the materials design process. Other invited speakers include Dave Cebon, CTO & Co-Founder, Granta Design Ltd. (now part of ANSYS, Inc.); Ajei Gopal, CEO, ANSYS, Inc.; and Ray Fryan, Vice President, Technology & Quality, TimkenSteel Corporation. The talks were followed by a panel discussion.

The full day event addressed issues such as up-training your workforce, integrating new technologies into your workflow and increasing efficiency, all with the goal of staying competitive for the next ten years. The day focused on new solutions utilising Industry 4.0 technologies and on sharing best practices between industry.

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Vice President of Tesla / SpaceX Joins Distinguished Panel to Celebrate the Year of Materials

What is the biggest crisis humanity will face in the next 50 years? A lack of water? A lack of arable land? Perhaps the answer lies within the field of materials engineering with a lack of new materials? The last option may seem a surprising choice, but if you’ve dedicated your life to the study of materials science, you understand the critical role materials play in all facets of sustaining human life. This very question of materials and sustainability was explored last month at the Jubilee Seminar: Material is evolution – Materials, society, industry and sustainability held in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 15, 2019 in celebration of the Year of Materials.

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Top Universities Use Thermo-Calc

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The QS World University Rankings by Subject were announced for 2019, and once again, Thermo-Calc is used by a majority of the top 100 universities that specialise in materials science, with 72 of the top 100 schools using our software and databases. Thermo-Calc Software have long supported universities and we are proud to see that so many top universities are choosing to use our software in their materials science programs.  Continue reading