One of the first commercial applications of Thermo-Calc in 1983, for example, was to accelerate the development of a certain class of stainless steels, helping reduce the initial development cycle from 10 years to 2 years. One benefit in using computational tools is to pre-screen potential candidate compositions, thus guiding experimental work far more efficiently and also assisting in understanding experimental results. Also, alloy design does not have to be limited just to the initial development and optimisation of properties, since one can also apply the modelling tools to consider operational conditions, waste and recycling that enable alloys to be designed for the full lifetime of the material.
Some example uses of Thermo-Calc Software products for alloy development include:
Read an in-depth example which shows how the Steel Model Library in Thermo-Calc can be used to find the optimal compositions for an Fe-Mn-C steel to achieve high hardenability for the purpose of strength.
The example includes calculation files, which can be downloaded and run if you have a license for Thermo-Calc and the relevant databases.
Thermo-Calc can now design custom alloys for your unique needs.
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