Consistency in material properties and performance is critical to the aerospace industry. Small variations in material chemistry or process windows can have a large impact on the final part performance. The ability to predict and adjust for these variations can reduce scrap and part re-work. Metallurgists and process engineers responsible for heat treatments must adapt their processes when input variables change.
In an article recently published in “Heat Treat Today”, Adam Hope and Paul Mason from Thermo-Calc Software Inc, discuss how modeling and simulation tools such as Thermo-Calc can support engineers in their research.
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.
CALPHAD has a long and storied history that is often overlooked in the larger context of materials science. However, with the signing of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) by President Obama in 2011, the large-scale initiatives in the EU around Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and similar efforts starting in Asia, with Japan and China in the lead, CALPHAD has been getting more recognition within the Materials Genome community.
This was highlighted in a fascinating presentation given by Dr. Qing Chen of Thermo-Calc Software at the IFAM 2016 conference in Nanjing, China, this September. The presentation discussed the history of CALPHAD and underscored its importance in the larger context of computational materials engineering.
Dr. Qing Chen of Thermo-Calc Software giving a presentation on the history of CALPHAD at IFAM 2016 in Nanjing, China.
Thermo-Calc Software have partnered with the global leader in computational materials design, QuesTek Innovations, to offer Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) modelling services and novel materials design and development to the European market under the jointly founded company QuesTek Europe. Continue reading →
on Software Solutions for ICME, Aachen/Rulduc, June 24th to 27th, 2014.
In spite of ICME currently emerging as a new and powerful discipline, coupling of different software tools is still in its infancy and represents a major issue consuming significant effort in terms of time and workforce if a coupling is realized at all.
Thermo-Calc Software is a proud partner of the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering expert group. This group aims at developing a global open standard for information exchange between simulation tools for ICME.