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Vol 17 Iss 1

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Thermo-Calc 2017a available now

Thermo-Calc 2017a was released at the end of March 2017. All users with a valid maintenance and support subscription can upgrade now.

The new release includes several significant upgrades:

  • DICTRA now available in the Graphical mode
  • Expanded Property Model Calculator
  • Users can create your own Property Models
  • 12 new and updated databases
  • Improved contour plots
  • And more!  


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The Diffusion module (DICTRA) Now Available in the Graphical Mode

The Diffusion module (DICTRA), an add-on program for Thermo-Calc used for accurate simulation of diffusion controlled reactions in multicomponent alloy systems, is now available in the graphical mode beginning with Thermo-Calc 2017a, making it easier than ever for users to begin making diffusion simulations.

All users can test the new Diffusion module (DICTRA) using the free demo databases included in your software.  


More about the Diffusion module »



Users Can Now Develop Their Own Property Models

Introduced in Thermo-Calc 2015b, the Property Model Calculator allows users to predict and optimize properties of materials based on models stored within the software. Beginning with 2017a, users can develop their own property models using Python as a language. This upgrade vastly expands what users can do with the Property Model Calculator by providing seamless integration of the property models into Thermo-Calc. 

The Property Model Calculator also has several other updates, including the addition of a table renderer and a new Liquidus and Solidus model.  


More about the New User Models »



12 New and Updated Databases

Thermo-Calc 2017a brings 12 new and updated databases, making it one of our largest ever releases of databases.  

TCFE9, our steel and Fe-alloys database, has received several updates, including the addition of Cerium. The database has also been improved for modelling high Mn, high Al steels, including the ordered phase BCC_B2.

TCOX7, the metal oxides database, has been extended with a major update to include six new elements, expanding it to an 18 element framework.

TCHEA2, the high entropy alloys database, adds five new elements, expanding it to a 20 element framework.

TCCU2, the copper database, has been extended to include Mo and O in this 29 element framework. The corresponding mobility database, MOBCU2has also been updated.

TCSLD3.2 the Solder Alloy Solutions Database has been updated for 2017a.

MOBSLD1 is a new atomic mobility database for Sn-/Au-/Bi-/Zn-based solder alloys and is compatible with the thermodynamic database for solders, TCSLD.

Other updated databases: MOBFE4, TCNI8.1, NUCL15 (IRSN NUCLEA-15_4), MEPH15 (IRSN Mephista-15_1) and SLAG4.1.

Thermo-Calc Used by Top Universities

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subjects was released in March, and this year, over 70% of the top 100 universities that specialise in Materials Science are Thermo-Calc users.    


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Summer Schools for Computational Materials Engineering

Several summer schools are taking place around the world this summer for students and teachers interested in learning about computational materials engineering.

For Current and Future Educators
The Summer School for Integrated Computational Materials Education teaches current and future educators how to implement computational tools into an undergraduate materials science and engineering curriculum. Computational experience is not required. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, June 5-16, 2017. Learn more »

For PhD Students, Post-docs and Scientists
The Summer School for Advanced Thermodynamic Assessments is for people studying or working in thermodynamics and interested in learning about or expanding their skills in computational thermodynamics. July 3-7, 2017 in Presqu’ile de Giens, France. Learn more »

For 4th year bachelors, MA students and PhD students
COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS DESIGN 2017 offers an introduction to the use of thermodynamic, kinetic and ab initio modelling to solve real problems in multicomponent chemical systems. The program is for students specialised in Materials science, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics in Material science and related fields of Materials Science, Chemistry and Physics. Moscow, Russia, July 12-19. Learn more »

Thermo-Calc Training
Twice a year, Thermo-Calc Software provide introductory training courses for Thermo-Calc, DICTRA and TC-PRISMA 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 training courses include:
"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!"
Visit our website for a complete list of training courses and information on how to sign up. 

For U.S. Training, email Paul at

For all other training, email us at
*All training is conducted in English.   
Thermo-Calc exhibition booth
We attend many conferences, exhibits and seminars around the world. Come find us when we're in your area! 
AeroMat 2017
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Apr 10-13, 2017

Titanium Europe 2017

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
May 17-19, 2017

Metal 2017

Brno, Czech Republic
May 24-26, 2017

European Stainless Steel & DUPLEX

Bergamo, Italy
May 25-27, 2017


Saint-Malo, France
June 11-16, 2017


Bordeaux, France
Jul 9-12, 2017


Chicago, USA
Jul 9-14, 2017
Visit our website to see a complete list of upcoming events.   
Try the  Diffusion module (DICTRA) for Free
All Thermo-Calc users who have version 2017a or newer can try the Diffusion module (DICTRA) for free using one of the free demo database packages included in your software and examples 19, 20 and 22.

Users with an older version of Thermo-Calc can download the DEMO version of the software to try it out. 
Tutorial video of example 19

Tutorial video of example 20

The Diffusion module (DICTRA) has a Quick Start Guide to help users get started. The guide can be located in the Online Help System from within your software in the Help menu > Online Help.

The Diffusion module (DICTRA) is a unique add-on module within Thermo-Calc for the accurate simulation of diffusion controlled reactions in multicomponent alloy systems which is based on the numerical solution of the multicomponent diffusion equations and the CALPHAD approach.

Shanghai Training in May

A series of training courses are being held in Shanghai, China May 22-25, 2017.

Learn more by reading the brochure

Examples Accessible from Thermo-Calc menu
All examples files are now accessible from within Thermo-Calc in the Help menu > Open Examples, making it fast and easy to access and run the examples files. Several new examples are availale with Thermo-Calc 2017a.

To learn more, watch the new video, How to Use Graphical Mode Examples

Training Videos Documentation Free DEMO

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