Thermo-Calc 2016a offers significant speed improvements when compared to previous versions of the software.
The speed improvements were achieved by optimizing global minimization and optimizing two of the largest databases.
Global Minimization Optimized
Global minimization has been optimized in Thermo-Calc 2016a, improving the speed of most calculations, including single point equilibrium, property diagram and phase diagram calculations as well as Scheil solidification simulations.
Benchmark tests compared the calculation speed improvements seen in 2016a to 2015b and, in some cases, to Thermo-Calc Version S.
In tests with property diagram calculations for 5 to 8 component alloy systems, the speed improvements ranged from 9 to 38%, with significant improvements shown for the larger TCNI8, TCMG4 and TCFE8 databases, as shown in figure 1.