Advantages of Thermo-Calc for the Aerospace Industry Highlighted in “Heat Treat Today”

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.

Paul Mason and Adam Hope
Paul Mason, President of Thermo-Calc Software Inc, left, and Adam Hope, Technical Sales and Support, right, discuss how CALPHAD-based tools like Thermo-Calc can be applied to the aerospace industry in a recent article in “Heat Treat Today”.

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.

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

Head shot of Professor Greg Olson
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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Importance of CALPHAD Highlighted in Presentation

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.

Qing Chen giving a presentation on the history of CALPHAD

Dr. Qing Chen of Thermo-Calc Software giving a presentation on the history of CALPHAD at IFAM 2016 in Nanjing, China.

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Thermo-Calc Now Offering ICME Modelling Services and Designed Alloys Services to the European Market

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

Laying the foundations for ICME in beautiful Rolduc Abbey

Last week, the 1st International Workshop on Software Solutions for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME)  took place in the beautiful Rolduc Abbey in the Netherlands, right by the border to Germany. The more than 150 participants included our CEO Anders Engström and Qing Chen, head of database development at Thermo-Calc.

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1st Int. Workshop

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.

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