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Vol. 15 Iss. 4

In this issue:

Thermo-Calc 2015b is here

Thermo-Calc 2015b includes many exciting new additions, such as the new Property Model Calculator, a completely re-written Scheil module and a new help system that is searchable and cross-linked for easy use.

Learn about this exciting release

New Property Model Calculator

Thermo-Calc 2015b includes an entirely new calculation activity, a Property Model Calculator, which allows users to calculate certain properties of materials. 

Learn about the new calculator and view a video


Two New Databases

In conjunction with the release of Thermo-Calc 2015b, two new databases are available: TCHEA1 - a high entropy alloy database and MOBMG1 - a kinetic database containing atomic mobility data for magnesium based alloys, compatible with TCMG4. 

View our database page

New Help System

Starting with Thermo-Calc 2015b, all the documentation currently available in PDF format will also be available from within Thermo-Calc and DICTRA via a new help system that is searchable and more user friendly. The help system opens in your internet browser, but the information is stored locally on your computer, so you do not need an internet connection to use it. 

Learn more about the new online help system

New Examples with Videos

Thermo-Calc 2015b includes three new examples using the Property Model Calculator. 

The examples are numbers 10, 11 and 12 of the graphical mode examples that are included with the software. 

The examples calculate Phase Transition, Coarsening and Interfacial Energy, and Driving Force and Interfacial Energy respectively, and all three use the new Property Model Calculator.

We have also started a series of videos that walk users step-by-step through each of the graphical mode examples. We currently have 6 videos in the series and will complete the remaining examples by early 2016.

View the Examples Videos

User Group Meeting in the UK

We have a user group meeting and training coming up this April in Oxford, England. User group meetings are a great way for users to learn about the latest features of the software, learn how to better use Thermo-Calc and meet other users who may be working on similar projects.

The meeting is scheduled for April 4-5, 2016 in Oxford, England.  

Information will be added to our events page after the New Year.

Paper Discusses Status of ICMD

MRS Bulletin, in partnership with Cambridge University Press, recently published an open access paper on the advancement of ICMD, a component of ICME, titled Integrated computational materials design for high-performance alloys.

The paper, authored by Wei Xiong (Northwestern University) and Gregory B. Olson (Questek Innovations LLC and Northwestern University), discusses the history of ICMD, how it currently functions and its future outlook.

Thermo-Calc is mentioned throughout the paper, both as one of the earliest examples of CALPHAD software, and as a key component in the future of ICME.

With the release of Thermo-Calc 2015b and the introduction of the new Property Model Calculator, which allows users to conduct, among other things, uncertainty calculations, as mentioned in Figure 6 in the paper, we are continuing to develop our software in a way that meets the needs of the ICMD community.

Read the paper and learn about our role in ICMD 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thermo-Calc would like to wish all our users a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We wish you all the best during the holiday season and a bright and prosperous 2016.

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Thermo-Calc Training

The next set of introductory training courses for Thermo-Calc, DICTRA and TC-PRISMA are scheduled for April 2016 in both Stockholm, Sweden, and Pittsburgh, USA.
These courses provide a solid foundation for using the software tools, as well as "hands-on" experience filled with examples, insights and tips based on the years of practical experience of our instructors, which allow attendees to get up and running with the software much more quickly.
Some comments from attendees of our last training courses included:
"Very good introductory course with lots of examples that make me confident in doing basic work and provided ideas for more advanced research."
"Very helpful overall. Would recommend to others."
"Overall this week of courses was well worth the time. I feel prepared to get busy with Thermo-Calc and DICTRA and TC-PRISMA. Thank you!"
For a complete list of training courses and information on how to sign up, visit our website here.
For U.S. Training, email Paul at

For all other training, email us at
*All training is conducted in English.

We attend many conferences, exhibits and seminars around the world. This summer we will attend the events listed below. Come find us when we're in your area!


Ranchi, India
Feb. 10-12, 2016

TMS 2016

Nashville, USA
Feb. 14-18, 2016

NACE Corrosion 2016

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Feb. 6-10, 2016

ICME 2016

Barcelona, Spain
Apr. 12-15, 2016

Titanium Europe 2016

Paris, France
Apr. 18-20, 2016

23rd IFHTSE Congress

Savannah, Georgia, USA
April 18-22, 2016

European Conference on Heat Treatment

Prague, Czech Republic
May 11-13, 2016

AISTech 2016

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
May 16-19, 2016

Molten 2016

Seattle, WA, USA
May 22-26, 2016


May 29 - June 3, 2016

Visit our website to see a complete list of upcoming events.
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