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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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.

John Ågren to be Inducted into National Academy of Engineering

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John Ågren

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.

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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.