Thermo-Calc 2015a Release

Thermo-Calc Software are excited to announce the release of our latest software, which includes a lot of exciting new features. 

This release uses the new naming system, based on the year of release, so this release is 2015a. Under the previous naming system this release would have been Thermo-Calc 5.0.

Current Maintenance and Support customers can expect to receive updates of the software and applicable databases via email within the next few weeks.

Complete details of the release can be found in the release notes on our website.

New Database for Cemented carbide alloys, TCCC1

This new database includes 13 elements: C, Co, Cr, Fe, Mo, N, Nb, Ni, Ta, Ti, V, W and Zr, and contains many complete and critically assessed binary and ternary systems important for cemented carbide alloy design and processing.

New Versions of nine databases:

Automatic Updates: Starting with the Thermo-Calc 2015a release, users will be able to set their program to receive automatic updates. Go to Tools>Options and on the General tab from the Check update interval list, choose On startup. You can also keep the default not to check (Don’t check) for updates and do it yourself periodically by choosing Help>Check for update.

Several Plot Improvements: In response to customer feedback, this release includes several new features for improved plotting:

  • You will now be able to label plots with LaTex expressions, both manually and by importing them into exact coordinates
  • The logarithmic axis will no longer contain decimal points, only integers, making it easier to read
  • The automatic scaling has been improved
  • For editing plot lines, you can see examples of the available line widths or line types.
  • For the plot Title you can also include symbol fonts.

New Command in Console Mode: In the POLY‐3 module a new command allows you to look at derivatives of Gibbs energy. The first and second derivatives of the Gibbs energy of phase are available.

Change Diagram Type Mid-Project: Thermo-Calc 2015a will allow users to change the type of diagram you are working with in the middle of a project. For instance, you will be able to switch from a property diagram to a phase diagram without losing any of your information.

New Ordering Model: Thermo-Calc 2015a includes a valuable time-saver for database managers as the Four Substitutional-Sublattice Ordering Model has been rebuilt so that it will now function for all parameters.

New Subcommands for UTILITIES_HOMOGENIZATION in DICTRA: the DICTRA module has new subcommands for UTILITIES_HOMOGENIZATION that make it easier to enter rough mobility estimates for specific elements in specific phases. See the release notes for examples.

Speed up Simulation in TC-PRISMA: When using the TCNI databases for precipitation modelling in Ni‐based superalloys, you can speed up simulation. Do this by selecting DIS_FCC_A1 instead of FCC_L12#1 as the matrix phase.

New Installation Guide: A new installation guide is available for all operating systems. This replaces the individual guides previously published.

A quick install guide is also available for Windows users on Single User Node Locked Licenses.