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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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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John Ågren to be Inducted into National Academy of Engineering

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Congratulations to John Ågren, who has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Formal inductions into the academy will take place on September 30, 2018, in Washington, D.C., during a ceremony at the NAE annual meeting. Election into this prestigious group is considered to be one of the highest honours an engineer can receive in their career.

Prof. Ågren is one of the original developers of Thermo-Calc and recently joined the company as a Senior Scientific Adviser. He is also a professor of materials science and engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, and is being honoured by the NAE “for development of integrated thermodynamics and kinetics analysis tools enabling computational materials engineering.”

Prof. Ågren has received many awards throughout his illustrious career, including the TMS William Hume-Rothery Award in 2011, the NIMS award in 2017 and election into the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2006. Congratulations to Prof. Ågren on this momentous achievement.

Read more about Prof. Ågren’s distinguished career and contributions to Thermo-Calc software.

 

Congratulations to the 2017 NIMS Award Recipients

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The 2017 NIMS award winners, from left to right: Dr. John Ågren, Dr. Bo Sundman and Dr. Kiyohito Ishida. Photo credit: National Institute of Materials Science

Thermo-Calc Software send our congratulations to this year’s NIMS Award recipients, Dr. John Ågren, Dr. Bo Sundman and Dr. Kiyohito Ishida. According to the NIMS announcement, the three were selected because they “have advanced the field of computational thermodynamics and developed thermodynamic calculation software.” Both Dr. Ågren and Dr. Sundman are original developers of Thermo-Calc and Dr. Ågren is currently a Senior Scientific Adviser at Thermo-Calc Software.

The NIMS Award has been given out since 2007 and is, “given to researchers with outstanding achievements in the development of scientific technologies for application in various substances and materials.” Scientists are nominated from around the world and winners are selected after a rigorous examination by a panel of scholarly experts.

The three recipients will be celebrated at the 2017 NIMS Week, an academic symposium and business convention held October 4-6 at the Tsukuba International Congress Center in Japan.

Congratulations to all three recipients on this prestigious award.

 

THERMO-CALC USED AT TOP UNIVERSITIES

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subjects was released in March, and this year, over 70% of the top 100 universities that specialise in Materials Science are Thermo-Calc users. Thermo-Calc Software have long supported universities and we are proud to see that so many of our users are being recognised as top Materials Science Programs.

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subjects, published by British Quacquarelli Symonds every March, ranks universities around the world in 46 subjects, including Materials Science. Rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. QS also publish a list of the top universities in the world overall every September, which also includes many Thermo-Calc users.  Continue reading

Congratulations to QuesTek on Winning Six SBIR/STTR AWARDS

Thermo-Calc Software would like to congratulate QuesTek Innovations, LLC on their recent award of six separate projects from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army to develop technologies and design new alloys specifically tailored to the meet the unique challenges of Additive Manufacturing (AM). These six awards are just the latest in a long list of such projects awarded to QuesTek spanning nearly two decades and comprising over 90 US government-funded projects, including several others for additive manufacturing.

QuesTek Innovations LLC have become a global leader in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) by using their proprietary Materials by Design® methodology to rapidly develop new materials that reduce capital, processing, operating or maintenance costs, or improve environmental protection or competitive supply. Thermo-Calc Software are proud to have partnered with QuesTek Innovations on a number of projects over the years, including, most recently, the co-founding of QuesTek Europe, a joint venture that was established to offer ICME modelling services and novel materials development and design services to the European market.

To learn more about these six projects and the increasing importance of Additive Manufacturing, read the QuesTek press release.

From all of us at Thermo-Calc Software, congratulations to QuesTek Innovations on these latest awards.

Presentation on High Entropy Alloys Database Development

High entropy alloys (HEAs), along with Multi-principal element alloys (MPEs) and Complexly concentrated alloys (CCAs), offer an exciting, emerging branch of materials research. Unlike conventional alloys, which are usually based on one principal element that, to a large extent, determines the properties of the alloy, these types of alloys consider a wide variety of elements, opening a new field for vast compositions and microstructures, making research into HEAs, MPEs and CCAs tremendously compelling.

Elements in the TCHEA databaseConsidered to be only 12 years old, these complex alloys were introduced in 2004 in two papers that were published a mere two months apart. The definition of HEAs, MPEs and CCAs varies, but in the broadest sense, HEAs are considered to be alloys consisting of five or more principal elements with 5 to 35 atomic percentage for each and based on a simple solid solution, while MPEs and CCAs are considered to be alloys with two or more principle elements. Continue reading

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