Professors Mats Hillert and Malin Selleby standing at book case


Thermo-Calc and related products are used within academia for educational purposes, both at an undergraduate and graduate level.

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 for teaching of thermodynamics and kinetic theory at an undergraduate level completely free of charge.

What Is Included in the Academic Package for Teachers

The Teaching Package is identical to the Student Package, but also includes solutions to the textbook and computer exercises as well as lecture slides in both PDF and PowerPoint formats:

  • Academic Software
  • Demo Databases
  • Textbook with Exercises
  • Textbook Exercise Solutions
  • Lecture Slides
  • Computer Exercises and Solutions
  • BONUS: We now offer a separate diffusion tutorial for teachers who instruct in diffusion theory. Learn more about the diffusion tutorial »

Academic Software

Thermo-Calc Academic is a limited version of Thermo-Calc that 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.

The Thermo-Calc Academic license is valid for one full year and can be downloaded again as needed. 

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 about our 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)
  • 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 many more

Textbook Exercise Solutions

Included with the teacher's package is a PDF with suggested solutions to the book exercises.

Lecture Slides

Both PDF and MS PowerPoint slides are included to accompany the textbook. 

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

Computer Exercises and Solutions

A set of computer exercises and suggested solutions developed for students to work with the Thermo-Calc 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 teachers who instruct in diffusion may be interested in downloading this valuable content. 

Learn more about the diffusion tutorial and download a copy »

More Advanced Use

The software and databases provided as part of this package can also be used for teaching several other topics, such as, for example, phase diagrams and materials design. However, note that the software version provided, i.e. Thermo-Calc Academic, is restricted to handle three or fewer components at the same time.

For teachers who wish to use the full version of Thermo-Calc for their teaching class, there is a discounted package available to academic institutions which have authority to teach and examine undergraduate students. This special package is referred to as Academic Network Site Package (ANSP) and you can learn more about it on the Licensing Options page. 

System Requirements

The academic version is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS computers. Make sure that your computer fulfils the system requirements


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