Professor Gregory B. Olson has been named as the first Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE), an appointment that further solidifies the already strong relationship held between industry and academia in the field of computational thermodynamics.This will be a homecoming for Professor Olson, who earned his B.S., M.S., and Sc.D. there in the 1970s and remained in the department as a researcher until 1988, when he left for a full professorship at Northwestern University.
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.
The QS World University Rankings by Subject were announced for 2019, and once again, Thermo-Calc is used by a majority of the top 100 universities that specialise in materials science, with 72 of the top 100 schools using our software and databases. Thermo-Calc Software have long supported universities and we are proud to see that so many top universities are choosing to use our software in their materials science programs. Continue reading →
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 →
Thermo-Calc 2019a was released in December 2018 and brings many new databases, improved tools for integrating Thermo-Calc into an ICME workflow and the first ever material-specific property model library.
Thermo-Calc Software has opened an office in Zürich, Switzerland, to better support our users in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The office will be under the leadership of Nicholas Grundy, an experienced Technical Sales Manager with a PhD in Materials Science from ETH Zurich.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey. We have already implement some of the feedback into our software. Read on to learn about the changes we have already made. Continue reading →
Thermo-Calc Software AB are excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary as a company this year. Founded in 1997, we have grown to become a leading developer of software and databases for computational thermodynamics and kinetics, but our history goes back much further than just 20 years.
In honour of reaching the two decade mark, we’d like to share our interesting history with you. Learn how we transformed from a graduate project in the late 1970s in Stockholm, Sweden, to a leading developer of computational thermodynamics and kinetics and the people who are behind our success in our new 20th anniversary video:
As we look toward the future, users can expect our software to broaden toward predicting various mechanical properties, application modules (e.g. steel processing) and more. We will continue to release updates on a two-times-per-year cycle, work to expand our growing collection of thermodynamic and kinetic databases and develop new property databases to meet customer demand.
Thank you to all of our users who have made our first 20 years so successful.
The Diffusion module (DICTRA), the software program for accurate simulation of diffusion controlled reactions in multicomponent alloy systems, is now available in the graphical mode beginning with Thermo-Calc 2017a, making it easier than ever for users to begin making diffusion simulations. Continue reading →