Guides for all Thermo-Calc Products
The information below is about the PDF documentation for the current version of the software. A Documentation Set contains a variety of user guides packaged together in one PDF. Previous versions of the PDF documentation can be found in the Archive section below on this page.
It is recommended you search the help (press F1 in Thermo‑Calc) if you cannot find what you are looking for in a particular PDF.
Thermo-Calc Documentation Set
The Thermo-Calc Documentation Set is one PDF that includes the information needed to work with the Thermo‑Calc software. By having all content in one PDF it enables you to search almost all the content just like you would when in the online help.
Includes the following: the full Installation Guides, Graphical Mode User Guide and the Graphical Mode Examples, and then a variety of Console Mode content with guides specific to Console Mode such as Data Optimization User Guide (for PARROT), the Database Manager User Guide, the DATAPLOT User Guide, and the Pourbaix Diagram Educational Material. The information about the Process Metallurgy Module is included as is detail about the Steel Model and Nickel Model Libraries, which contain specialized sets of Property Models.
It does NOT include the following: Add-on Module specific documentation [i.e. Diffusion Module (DICTRA), Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA)], SDK content, or specific technical information for all the databases. Also see the separate Thermo-Calc Console Mode Example Macros PDF.
Diffusion Module (DICTRA) Documentation Set and Quick Start Guides
The Diffusion Module Documentation Set is one PDF that contains ALL of the Thermo-Calc documentation PLUS additional information you need to work with this Add-on Module such as the Diffusion Module Quick Start Guides for Console Mode and Graphical Mode. By having all content in one PDF it enables you to search the content almost as you would when in the online help. It does NOT, however, include any SDK content or specific technical information for all the databases. Also see the separate Diffusion Module (DICTRA) Console Mode Example Macros PDF listed in the Examples section.
Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA) User Guide
The Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA) User Guide is a standalone user guide. The key difference is that it includes theory specific to this Add-on Module, which is not included in the Thermo-Calc Documentation Set (but it in the help).
Process Metallurgy Module
This Add-on Module is available in Graphical Mode only and the content is contained in the online help plus the Thermo‑Calc and/or Diffusion Module Documentation Sets. For this Add-on Module, there are also more in-depth application examples only available on the website.
Steel Model and Nickel Model Libraries
The Steel Model Library and Nickel Model Library are available in Graphical Mode only and the content is contained in the online help plus the Thermo‑Calc and/or Diffusion Module Documentation Sets where these are described along with the other Property Models.
TC-Python Online Help and PDF
TC-Python has its own searchable documentation that is generated directly from the program. Additionally, troubleshooting and diagnostic tools are made available to help you resolve any issues.
TC-Toolbox for MATLAB® Online Help and PDF
TC-Toolbox for MATLAB® has its own searchable documentation that is generated directly from the program. Additionally, troubleshooting and diagnostic tools are made available to help you resolve any issues.
* Starting with 2021b, TC-Toolbox is completely rewritten. For details see the feature page or read the release notes.
Other Software Development Kits (SDKs)
- TQ-Interface Programmer Guide: The TQ-Interface is available as a way to make Thermo‑Calc an integral part of application programs such as those for process simulation, microstructure evolution modeling, and materials property prediction.
- TC-API Programmer-Guide
Property Model Development Framework
The Property Model Development Framework is now integrated into TC‑Python. The Property Models that previously used the Jython API are discontinued. Existing Jython-based Property Models are no longer supported as of the Thermo‑Calc 2022a release. It is recommended that you migrate to the new Python Property Model framework that is based on regular Python 3 and has full support for any Python package including NumPy, SciPy, and so forth.
Database Technical Information and Examples Collections
Links to the database technical information and examples collections are available via the individual database pages.
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