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Documentation

Read and download installation guides, user guides, examples, release notes, tutorials, and more. Thermo-Calc and the Diffusion Module each have a Documentation Set that contains a variety of user guides packaged together in one PDF.

Thermo-Calc Online Help

In 2015 we created an Online Help system that users can access from within Thermo-Calc (press F1 or from the menu select Help > Online Help). The Online Help system is searchable and easy to use. We hope to have it available on the website soon!

TC-Python Help and Documentation

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.

Go to the TC-Python Help page for details.

TC-Toolbox for MATLAB® Help and Documentation

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.

Go to the TC-Toolbox for MATLAB® Help page for details.

Current Documentation

Release Notes

2021b Thermo-Calc Software and Databases Release Notes (full release notes 21 June 2021)

Installation Guides

All Installation Guides

For all products, includes the Quick Install guides for Standalone (SUNLL) Windows and macOS systems, instructions for TC-Python and TC-Toolbox for MATLAB®, with the full installation instructions for all platforms (Windows, macOs, and Linux) and license types (SUNLL and NWL).

Quick Install for Windows or macOS

A quick installation of Thermo-Calc Software products on supported Windows or Mac platforms. These manuals are optimal for Single User Node Locked Licenses (SUNLL) and for the Free Educational Package version of the software. Linux users should refer to the full Thermo-Calc Installation Guide for instructions.

TC-Python Installation Guide

The full PDF installation guide for the Software Development Kit (SDK) TC-Python. Note this is also included in the Thermo-Calc full installation guide.

Documentation Sets and User Guides

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

This 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.

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

This 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 is for Graphical Mode only and the content is contained in 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.

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. Also see the complete Thermo-Calc Installation Guide for details about the legacy version of this SDK. 

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 will continue to be supported until 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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Examples

Thermo-Calc Graphical Mode

Several examples to get started using Graphical Mode in Thermo-Calc. Includes collections for the Thermo-Calc Property Models, the Diffusion Module (DICTRA), the Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA), the Process Metallurgy Module, and the Steel Model Library.

Thermo-Calc Console Mode

More than 45 examples using Console Mode in Thermo-Calc. Also see the Diffusion Module (DICTRA) for more Console Mode macro examples.

Diffusion Module (DICTRA) Console Mode

Comprehensive set of examples using the Diffusion Module (DICTRA). Graphical Mode examples for the Diffusion Module are included with the Thermo-Calc Graphical Mode examples.

Software Development Kits (SDKs)

These examples can only be run if you have a Software Development Kit (SDK): TC-Python, TQ-Interface, TC-Toolbox for MATLAB®, or TC-API. If you do not have an SDK, you can view the examples to get an idea of how the SDKs work.

All of these links are to zip file downloads.

Property Model Development Framework

This is integrated into TC‑Python.

Database Examples Collections

Links to the database technical information and examples collections are available via the individual database pages.

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Archive

2019 to 2021

The current release is 2021b and the documentation is found above.

The 2019 to 2021 release documentation PDFs are below. All of this information (and more) is also accessible from the online help in Thermo-Calc. To access it, in Thermo-Calc press F1 or go to Help > Online help. The content in the help corresponds to the version of the Thermo-Calc installed.

Note that the Process Metallurgy Module information is included with both documentation sets as part of the Thermo-Calc Graphical Mode User Guide.

Thermo-Calc

Installation Guides

For all products, includes the Quick Install guides for Standalone (SUNLL) Windows and macOS systems, plus instructions for TC-Python, with the full installation instructions for all platforms (Windows, macOs, and Linux) and license types (SUNLL and NWL).

Documentation Set

Graphical Mode Examples Guide

Console Mode Example Macros

Thermo-Calc Property Model Framework Guide

Note that the Property Model Framework is deprecated and is now part of the TC-Python documentation. This PDF will no longer be provided separately. 

Diffusion Module (DICTRA)

Documentation Set

Quick Guide – Graphical Mode

Quick Guide – Console Mode

Console Mode Example Macros

Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA)

User Guide

Software Development Kits (SDKs)

TC-Python API Programmer Guide

TC-Python Quick Installation Guide

Also included in the full installation guide and as part of the TC-Python Help.

TQ-Interface SDK Program Guide

TC-Toolbox for MATLAB® Programmer Guide

Starting with 2021b, TC-Toolbox is completely rewritten. For details see the feature page or read the release notes. Also see the complete Thermo-Calc Installation Guide for details about the legacy version of this SDK.

The PDFs below are for the legacy version of the SDK.

TC-API Programmer Guide

There are no changes between releases for this document, only the title page.

Examples (Zip Folders)

Graphical Mode

Console Mode – Thermo-Calc

Console Mode – Diffusion Module (DICTRA)

TC-Python

TQ-Interface

  • 2021a (for Windows and Linux)

TC-Toolbox for MATLAB®

Note that as of 2021b, this is considered the legacy version of TC-Toolbox.

DATAPLOT

There are no changes between releases for these examples.

2016 to 2018

The release documentation PDFs for the years 2016, 2017, and 2018 are below.

All of this information (and more) is also accessible from the online help in Thermo-Calc. To access it, in Thermo-Calc press F1 or go to Help >Online help. The content in the help corresponds to the version of the Thermo-Calc installed.

Thermo-Calc

Installation Guides

Documentation Set (aka User Guide)

Graphical Mode Examples Guide

Console Mode Example Macros

  • 2018b2018a
  • Console Mode Examples Guide: 2018b2018a (note that this information is also in the Thermo-Calc Documentation Set)

Thermo-Calc Property Model Framework Guide

New as of 2018a.

Diffusion Module (DICTRA)

Documentation Set (aka User Guide)

Quick Guide – Graphical Mode

New as of 2018a.

Quick Guide – Console Mode

New as of 2018a.

Console Mode Example Macros PDF

Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA)

User Guide

Software Development Kits (SDKs)

TC-Python API Programmer Guide

New as of 2018a.

TQ-Interface SDK Program Guide

  • 2018b2018a
  • 2017b2017a
  • 2016b /2016a (part of the SDK Documentation Set, which incudes TC-API, TC-Toolbox for MATLAB®, and TQ-Interface Programmer Guides)

TC-Toolbox for MATLAB® Programmer Guide

  • 2018b2018a
  • 2017b2017a
  • 2016b2016a (part of the SDK Documentation Set, which incudes TC-API, TC-Toolbox for MATLAB®, and TQ-Interface Programmer Guides)

TC-API Programmer Guide

There are no changes between releases for this document, only the title page.

Examples (Zip Folders)

Graphical Mode – All

Console Mode – Thermo-Calc

There were no changes between a and b releases for these examples.

Console Mode – DICTRA

There were no changes between a and b releases for these examples.

TC-Python

New as of 2018a.

2015 and Earlier

2015

The 2015a and 2015b release documentation PDFs are below.

Starting with the 2015a release, all of this information (and more) is also accessible from the online help in Thermo-Calc. To access it, in Thermo-Calc press F1 or go to Help >Online help. The content in the help corresponds to the version of the Thermo-Calc installed.

Thermo-Calc

DICTRA

TC-PRISMA

Examples (Zip Folders)

These examples are the same for 2015a and b

Graphical Mode

Console Mode – Thermo-Calc

Console Mode – DICTRA

TC-Toolbox for MATLAB

TC-API Programmer Guide

TQ-Interface Programmer Guide

2014

Historically, there were separate software versions for Thermo-Calc and the SDKs. The documentation included below is from:

2013

This is the software documentation relevant to various releases between 2008 and 2013. Historically, there were separate software versions for Thermo-Calc, DICTRA, TC-PRISMA, and the SDKs. There was also a less formal release cycle than there is today. The documentation included below is from:

2007 Tutorial

2007 Tutorial

Problems to be solved with Thermo-Calc from Mats Hillert

**See the Academia resource page for current academic material.**

A set of exercises from the text book “Phase Equilibria, Phase Diagrams and Phase Transformations” by Mats Hillert, Cambridge University Press (2007) that are intended to be solved using Thermo-Calc Department of Materials Science & Engineering KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden.

All the problems are based upon a textbook by Mats Hillert. Phase Equilibria, Phase Diagrams and Phase Transformations 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2007 ISBN-13: 9780521853514.

The Problems

These problems and their computerized solutions are open to anyone for reading and studying. However, in order to produce your own solution by following those presented in this document, you need at least the Thermo-Calc Classic version R. 

The present collection of problems has not been designed to make a general instruction to the use of Thermo-Calc, but will introduce you to features essential for solving special questions raised by the problems. Solving these problems with Thermo-Calc by following a detailed path is instructive, and will give a deeper insight in how thermodynamics works.

The problems are designed as exercises to various sections in the textbook and are collected chapter-wise. You can download one PDF that includes all problems for Chapters 1 to 11.

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