Thermo-Calc 5.0 Release Preview
Thermo-Calc 5.0 is on track to be released late spring / early summer 2015. The release includes a new database for cemented carbides, several features for improved plotting, including LaTeX integration, and two additions for advanced users, among other upgrades.
Thermo-Calc Software will stop supporting all 32-bit platforms soon, so all users are recommended to migrate to 64-bit as soon as possible. View the system requirements at our website to see which platforms we test and support.
View our blog to see complete details of the Thermo-Calc 5.0 release.
Join Our Talks at TMS 2015
Thermo-Calc Software will be giving two talks this week at TMS 2015 in Orlando, FL, USA, and we hope to see you there!
On Tuesday, March 17 at 4:35pm, Henrik Larsson will describe a new model recently implemented into DICTRA that makes it possible to perform 1D moving phase boundary simulations where multiple phases are allowed on either side of a phase interface. On Wednesday, March 18 at 09:00am, Paul Mason will talk about the role of CALPHAD based tools in ICME.
Learn more about our talks at our blog. We also hope that you will visit us at Booth 200 during the Exhibition hours and say hello to our staff there!
Summer School is in Session
Thermo-Calc Software is proud to announce our involvement with two summer school programs that support the growth and education of Computational Thermodynamics for graduate students and professionals.
The first is the School for Advanced Thermodynamic Assessments, which takes place June 6-10, 2015 in Centre Port-Royal France, and provides an advanced course on computational thermodynamics.
The second is the Summer School for Integrated Computational Materials Education, which will take place June 15-26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, and is designed to teach current and future educators how to implement ICME related tools into current materials science and engineering undergraduate curriculum.
Both programs are intended for graduate students, postgraduate researchers and faculty in materials science or relevant programs and welcomes those with or without computational experience.
Learn more about both Summer School programs and how you can participate at our blog.
We are working on a new series of training videos to help Thermo-Calc users get the most out of your software and we are excited to announce that the first new video is now up on our website.
You can view the new video, Quick Start--Property Diagrams, at our video library.
This is just the first in a series of videos we are planning to release this year. Future videos will include installation tutorials, a Getting Started video, more Quick Start videos and a series of examples.
Customer Survey Coming Soon
We will be sending out our annual customer satisfaction survey in April. Last year was the first time we conducted a large-scale survey and your responses have helped us shape our development roadmap to better reflect your needs. For instance, we are re-working our documentation, including the new series of video tutorials, and this new update will include several improvements to plotting, which was a primary request of our users.
Keep your eyes toward your inbox for your invitation to take part in the survey. We look forward to hearing from you.
Tips and Tricks - Add or Subtract Energy from a Phase
We recently received an email from a Thermo-Calc user wondering if it was possible to calculate T0' of steel with Thermo-Calc. This calculation is valuable because T0' is the temperature that provides enough energy (400J/mol) for transformation to bainite, a microstructure that forms in steel that is especially hard due to a high number of dislocations.
It turns out that this calculation can be done quite simply in console mode with an advanced option in Poly 3, which allows you to add or subtract energy from any phase. To make this calculation requires that the stored energy of the ferrite, due to the displacive mechanism of transformation (400J/mol), is taken into consideration by adding this energy to the ferrite phase.
To do this, from the console mode type 'go poly' to get to Poly 3, then type 'advanced_options'. Next select the phase to which you want to add the additional Gibbs energy and then enter how much. You can continue to repeat the last two steps if you want to add or subtract energy from multiple phases. Then make the calculation with "compute_equilibrium."