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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.

To learn more about the features of this powerful API, visit our TC-Python page

Current Documentation

Installation Guides

All Installation Guides

Includes the quick install guides for Standalone Windows and macOS installations as well as the full installation guide for all platforms (Windows, macOs, and Linux) and installation types (SUNLL and NWL). For convenience, the TC-Python Installation Guide is also included but you can alternatively find this in the TC-Python help or as a separate PDF below.

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 installation guide for the Software Development Kit (SDK) TC-Python.

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 large PDF (approx 37 MB) that includes the information needed to work with the Thermo‑Calc software. By having all content in one PDF it enables you to search the content just like you would when in the online help, although this PDF does NOT include all the Diffusion Module (DICTRA), Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA), SDK content, nor specific technical information for all the databases.

Includes: 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. It also contains the Thermo-Calc Console Mode Example Macros PDF.

Diffusion Module (DICTRA) Documentation Set and Quick Start Guides

The Diffusion Module Documentation Set is one large PDF (approx 40 MB) 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 and the Diffusion Module Console Mode Example Macros PDF. By having all content in one PDF it enables you to search the content just like you would when in the online help. It does NOT, however, include any SDK content or specific technical information for all the databases.

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 is also more in-depth application examples only available on the website.

TC-Python Online Help and PDF

Other Software Development Kits (SDKs)

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. See the TC-Python documentation for more information.

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.

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. See the TC-Python documentation for more information.

Database Examples Collections

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

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Archive

2020

The 2020a and 2020b 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 2020a and 2020b (PDFs)

Diffusion Module (DICTRA) 2020a and 2020b (PDFs)

Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA) 2020a and 2020b (PDFs)
Software Development Kits (SDKs) 2020a  and 2020b (PDFs)

Examples 2020a and 2020b (Zip Folders)

2019

The 2019a and 2019b 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 2019a and 2019b (PDFs)

Diffusion Module (DICTRA) 2019a and 2019b (PDFs)

Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA) 2019a and 2019b (PDFs)
Software Development Kits (SDKs) 2019a and 2019b (PDFs)

Examples 2019a and 2019b (Zip Folders)

2018

The 2018a and 2018b 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.

Thermo-Calc 2018a and 2018b (PDFs)

Diffusion Module (DICTRA) 2018a and 2018b (PDFs)

Precipitation Module (TC-PRISMA) 2018a and 2018b (PDFs)

2016

The 2016a and 2016b 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 TC-API, TC-Toolbox for MATLAB® and TQ-Interface Programmer Guides are packaged together in the SDK Documentation Set. 

2016b (PDFs)

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.

2015b (PDFs)

2014 and Earlier

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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