STOCKHOLM, March 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Thermo-Calc Software AB announced the
release of Thermo-Calc 3.0, which constitutes the third generation of its popular computational
thermodynamics software. Thermo-Calc is a powerful software package
used to perform thermodynamic and phase diagram calculations for
multi-component systems of practical importance. Calculations are based
on thermodynamic databases produced using the CALPHAD method. Databases are available for Steels, Ti-, Al-, Mg-, Ni-alloys,
multi-component oxides and many other materials.
"Our main ambitions for this new version of Thermo-Calc have been to
unify the two earlier versions of Thermo-Calc (i.e. Thermo-Calc Classic
and Thermo-Calc Windows) into one application, and to create a
framework that is suitable for future extension with additional modules
and functionality that will integrate more closely with our other
software tools such as DICTRA and TC-PRISMA," said Anders Engström, CEO of Thermo-Calc Software AB.
There is a growing interest in computational methods to optimize
materials design and process improvement, as highlighted in The National Academies report on Integrated Computational Materials
Engineering (ICME) published in 2008 and President Obama's announcement of the Materials Genome Initiative in June 2011. Developing powerful and flexible tools and databases is
important to the continued development of this field. "ICME" is an
approach to design components, the materials that comprise them, and
their associated materials processing methods by linking materials
models at multiple length scales. The focus is on the materials, i.e.
understanding how processes produce material structures, how those
structures give rise to material properties, and how to select
materials for a given application. "The Materials Genome Initiative" is
a US national initiative to double the speed and reduce the cost of
discovering, developing, and deploying new advanced materials.
For more than 30 years, CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) based
tools, such as Thermo-Calc, have been used to accelerate alloy and
materials design. CALPHAD is based on relating the underlying
thermodynamics of a system to predicting the phases that can form and
the amounts and compositions of those phases in multicomponent systems
of industrial relevance. The CALPHAD approach is an important
foundation to ICME and the Materials Genome Initiative as it provides a
way to scale up from critically assessed binary and ternary systems to
complex multicomponent systems of industrial interest.
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