Top Universities Use Thermo-Calc

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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

New Tutorial on the Role of Diffusion in Materials

Thermo-Calc Software recently published a new comprehensive tutorial which teaches about the role of diffusion in materials and how the Diffusion module (DICTRA) can be applied to materials design and processing, called The Role of Diffusion in Materials.

An exercise that walks users through how to assess whether there is any leakage from a tube at a power plant.

A basic exercise at the beginning of the tutorial walks users through how to assess whether there is any leakage from a tube at a power plant. The exercises get increasingly complex as the tutorial progresses.

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Applications of Thermo-Calc to Additive Manufacturing of Metals

A few pieces of 3D printed metal components.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 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.

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

 

Thermo-Calc 2018b released with new TC-Python features

Thermo-Calc 2018b is released in June 2018 and includes the addition of three key features to the TC-Python API and two new thermodynamic databases for metal oxide solutions (TCOX8) and Mg-based alloys (TCMG5).

A Scheil composition profile created in TC-Python showing a solidified Ni-based superalloy.

A Scheil composition profile created in TC-Python showing a solidified Ni-based superalloy.

Highlights of the Thermo-Calc 2018b release: 

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