A CALPHAD based approach can accelerate time to market and reduce the cost by greatly reducing the number of experiments required to bring a new or improved product to market. CALPHAD can also improve materials and processing conditions by providing data on how the phases of an alloy depend on temperature and other processing conditions.
CALPHAD is based on thermodynamic laws, but Prof. John Ågren remarks that thermodynamics not only applies to equilibrium. A CALPHAD model can have any level of sophistication and account for quantities such as crystallographic structure, lattice vibrations, and more. He also emphasizes that CALPHAD can extend to other properties, such as viscosity, interfacial properties, elastic constants, mechanical properties, and electromagnetic properties.
Read the interesting paper to learn more about the importance of CALPHAD and the Materials Genome and its industrial use.