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.
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.
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.
Computational thermodynamics is a rapidly developing field at the forefront of materials design. But did you know that the field is already over 40 years old? This year at the TMS Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, John Ågren, one of the original developers of Thermo-Calc, gave a presentation on the history of computational thermodynamics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, one of the earliest schools to teach computational thermodynamics. In his fun and fascinating presentation, he discusses how the education of computational thermodynamics started, which issues arose and how they were solved.
It all started in the late 1970s when the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) department at KTH got a minicomputer which was used in both research and education. But in the early days they came across some unexpected issues. It appeared that most students disliked computers and couldn’t do much coding themselves, which resulted in teachers spending a lot of time debugging codes. Besides that, there were also technical issues. About 30 students were working on the same computer at the same time, which made the response times very long. These difficulties made it hard for the students to understand the point of the computational exercises. As an attempt to solve these problems, teachers prepared codes for the students and handed out some written material about the underlying physics. Despite this, most time was spent on making correct inputs, which made the students not likely to understand the role of computers in materials science.
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.
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.
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 →
Join Thermo-Calc Software at the premier conference on materials science in Europe, EUROMAT 2017, where we will be giving three presentations, one of which has been selected as a highlighted presentation. Additionally, John Ågren, who recently joined the company as a scientific adviser, will be giving a plenary talk at the conference, Computational modeling and Materials Design.
Current and future educators working in undergraduate thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanics of materials and solid-state physics are encouraged to apply for the 6th Summer School for Integrated Computational Materials Education, which will take place at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, June 5-16, 2017. Continue reading →