Thermo-Calc 2016a Release


Thermo-Calc Software are excited to announce the release of Thermo-Calc 2016a, which was made available June 2016.

Highlights of the release include:

Read the complete Release Notes.

Speed Improvements

Thermo-Calc 2016a offers significantly increased simulation and database load times compared to previous versions of the software.

Benchmarking of Thermo-Calc 2016a speeds compared to 2015b and Thermo-Calc version S

Benchmarking on various databases showed that property diagrams with phase fraction as a function of temperature were up to 38% faster in Thermo-Calc 2016a compared to Thermo-Calc 2015b.

New Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA)

Beginning with Thermo-Calc 2016a, the Precipitation module known as TC-PRISMA has been integrated into Thermo-Calc. This integration offers significant benefits over the previous stand-alone implementation of TC-PRISMA as it accesses features common to Thermo-Calc such as the System Definer and the improved graphics plotting.

Users who do not have a license for the Precipitation module (TC-PRISMA) can now try it for free using one of the free demo database packages included in the software.

New Copper Databases

Thermo-Calc 2016a offers two new copper databases, one thermodynamic and one kinetic.

  • TCCU1 is a thermodynamic database that contains most of the important Cu-based alloy phases within a 27-element framework.
  • MOBCU1 is a kinetic database that is compatible with TCCU and contains mobility data for Cu-based alloys.

Both copper databases are now available for purchase. If interested, please contact Thermo-Calc Software at for more information.

Updated Databases

Two existing databases have been updated for the Thermo-Calc 2016a release.

  • SSOL6 includes the addition of hydrogen (H) systems to the database and more than 50 updated binary and ternary systems.
  • SLAG4 has been updated to re-include phosphorus in the liquid slag phase, and the gas phase was simplified to accelerate the equilibrium calculation.

Users who have a license for earlier versions of SSOL or SLAG can upgrade to these new versions. If interested, please contact Thermo-Calc Software at for more information.

Two New DEMO Database Packages

Two free DEMO database packages have been added to every installation of Thermo-Calc 2016a to accommodate the Precipitation Module examples. These database packages include both a thermodynamic and a kinetic database so all users can complete the precipitation examples that use only two elements.

The new packages are Demo: Aluminium-based alloys and Demo: Nickel-based superalloys.

Read full details of the release, including new examples, documentation improvements, updates to the diffusion module (DICTRA) and more in the complete Release Notes.