Thermo-Calc and our related products are useful for educational purposes, i.e. to help gain an understanding of complex topics and to make education fun.

Thanks to a cooperation with Professors Mats Hillert and Malin Selleby from the department of Materials Science and Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, we are able to provide an educational package to learn about thermodynamics and kinetic theory completely free of charge.

Our educational package for students can be downloaded by clicking the link on the right and filling in the form. You will then be directed to a download area with instructions on how to download the following:

  • Academic Software
  • Demo Databases
  • Textbook with Exercises
  • Lecture Slides
  • Computer Exercises
  • BONUS: We now offer a separate diffusion tutorial for students who are learning about the role of diffusion in materials. Learn more about the diffusion tutorial »

Academic Software

Thermo-Calc Academic is a limited version of Thermo-Calc that can be used for one year and is intended only for educational purposes in an academic environment. It is limited in the sense that Thermo-Calc can only handle three components or fewer. The Add-on Diffusion Module (DICTRA), Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA) and Process Metallurgy Module are also included; up to three components are available for calculations. In comparison, the full version of Thermo-Calc and the Add-on Modules can handle systems with up to 40 components. 

DEMO Databases

Thermo-Calc Academic comes with several demonstration thermodynamic and mobility databases that should be sufficient for solving the included examples. You can read more about the complete databases in the database section.

Thermodynamic Demo Databases:

  • ALDEMO: Includes Al, Cu Si, Sc and Zr (subset of TCAL)
  • FEDEMO: Includes Fe, Cr, Mn, Ni and C (subset of TCFE)
  • NIDEMO: Includes Ni, Cr and Al (subset of TCNI)
  • CUDEMO: Includes Cu, Ti and Zr (subset of TCCU)
  • SLDEMO: Includes Ag, Cu and Sn (subset of TCSLD)
  • OXDEMO: Includes Al, C, Ca, Fe, O, S, and Si (a subset of TCOX)
  • SUBDEMO: Includes C, H, Fe and O (subset of SSUB)
  • PAQ2: Public Aqueous Solutions Database: Includes: H, Na, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni, C, N, O, S and Cl
  • PG35: G35 Binary Semi-Conductors: Includes: Al, Ga, In, P, As and Sb
  • PURE5: Includes critically assessed unary thermochemical data for the concerned elements. The PURE5 database is only intended for extracting data for the pure elements when performing assessment work, or for tabulating or plotting thermodynamic properties of the pure elements.

Mobility Demo Databases:

  • MALDEMO: Includes Al, Cu Si, Sc and Zr (subset of MOBAL)
  • MFEDEMO: Includes Fe, Cr, Mn, Ni and C (subset of MOBFE)
  • MNIDEMO: Includes Ni, Cr and Al (subset of MOBNI)
  • MCUDEMO: Includes Cu, Ti and Zr (subset of MOBCU)

Textbook with Exercises

Computerized Thermodynamics for Materials Scientists and Engineers by Mats Hillert and Malin Selleby, Stockholm (2018).

This is a 60 page PDF book that includes topics and exercises related to:

  • First and second laws of thermodynamics
  • Driving force and dissipation
  • Gibbs-Duhem relation
  • Gibbs phase rule
  • Adiabatic changes
  • Characteristic state function and Gibbs energy model
  • Constitution and constituents
  • Ideal solutions and related non-ideal solutions
  • Dilute solutions
  • The ideal gas model
  • Thermal vacancies
  • And much more

Lecture Slides

Slides are included to accompany the textbook. 

  • Chapter 1: Basic Thermodynamics
  • Chapter 2: Solution Models

Computer Exercises

A set of computer exercises developed for students to work with the Thermo-Calc Academic software. The examples are of three general categories:

  • Thermodynamic properties of elements and compounds
  • Phase diagrams
  • Equilibria in gases

Some example exercises include:

  • Define the system Co. What phase is most stable at 1 bar and 1000K?
  • Evalute the molar Gibbs energy of the compound Fe3C at 1000 °C. 
  • Calculate the ternary phase diagram W-Co-C at 1 bar and 1400 °C. Perform the calculation by varying the mole percent of Co and C. 
  • Compute the carbon activity of a gas made by mixing 1 mole of H2 and 1 mole of CH4 at 1 bar and 1200 K.

The Role of Diffusion in Materials - A Tutorial

We have recently developed a comprehensive tutorial which teaches about the role of diffusion in materials and how the Diffusion Module (DICTRA) can be applied to materials design and processing. The tutorial includes a comprehensive introduction to diffusion theory, instructions on how to set up and run diffusion simulations in the Diffusion Module (DICTRA) and twelve examples, some of which can be run using the Academic software and databases. The tutorial is not included in the Academic Package, but students who are learning about the role of diffusion in materials may be interested in downloading this valuable content. 

Learn more about the diffusion tutorial and download a copy »


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