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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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

New Tutorial on the Role of Diffusion in Materials

Thermo-Calc Software recently published a new comprehensive tutorial which teaches about the role of diffusion in materials and how the Diffusion module (DICTRA) can be applied to materials design and processing, called The Role of Diffusion in Materials.

An exercise that walks users through how to assess whether there is any leakage from a tube at a power plant.

A basic exercise at the beginning of the tutorial walks users through how to assess whether there is any leakage from a tube at a power plant. The exercises get increasingly complex as the tutorial progresses.

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Applications of Thermo-Calc to Additive Manufacturing of Metals

A few pieces of 3D printed metal components.Additive manufacturing of metals is transforming materials design and processing in ways unimaginable even 10 years ago, offering the freedom to produce complex parts without the restraints of traditional manufacturing. 

However, Additive Manufacturing is a complex process and the mechanical properties of these materials and the parameters which control their reproducibility are not yet well understood. For example, additive processes are typically associated with rapid cooling rates and large thermal gradients. This can give rise to high levels of residual stress in the final part and local inhomogeneities in alloy composition during solidification. Also, the effect of multiple thermal cycles on material properties is sometimes unknown and typically does not result in the properties of a similar cast or wrought metal.

A lot of research is now being published in this area by members of our community using Thermo-Calc and we want to share some of this work with you. Below you will find a sampling of some of the work that is being done using Thermo-Calc and our add-on modules for diffusion and precipitation to research additive manufacturing of metals. Continue reading

Thermo-Calc Invited to Participate in European Materials Modelling Council

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Thermo-Calc Software have been invited to take part in the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) International Workshop 2019 this February in Vienna, Austria. The invitation-only workshop will bring together approximately 150 experts in materials modelling to discuss the progress in the industrial deployment of materials modelling software and, according to the EMMC website, “contribute in setting a common direction among stakeholders in all areas of Materials Modelling.” Continue reading

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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Materials Genome Toolkit Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the undergraduate engineering departments at Louisiana Technological University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Montana Technological University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, who were selected as the winners of the 2018 ASM Materials Genome Toolkit Contest late last year.

The ASM Materials Genome Toolkit contest has been running annually since 2014 and was set up by the ASM Materials Education Foundation as a way to help undergraduate engineering departments develop and advance the teaching of computational materials design, “an emerging engineering practice deemed essential to the success of the US Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and global leadership in manufacturing”, according to ASM.

The winning programs each receive a three-year site license for Thermo-Calc software and databases intended to aid in the instruction of computational materials design. The winners were selected by an independent review committee and, according to ASM, “were selected based on how they plan to integrate the toolkit into their undergraduate curriculum and in senior capstone projects designated for the ASM MEF Undergraduate Design Competition.”

Sixteen universities have received the toolkits since the inception of the contest and these undergraduate engineering programs now lead the way in educating future materials engineers in the digital age. In addition to the 2018 winners, previous recipients of the Materials Genome Toolkit are Alfred University, California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Michigan Technological University, University of Maryland, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Oregon State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Wright State University.

Thermo-Calc Software are proud to support in training the next generation of materials scientists by supporting the Materials Genome Toolkit competition. In addition to supporting this contest, we offer free educational packages intended for undergraduate students and professors which include a limited version of our software and several databases as well as training material and exercises.

To learn more, read the full press release from ASM Materials Education Foundation.