308.886 Computer Use in Materials Technology
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VU, 1.0h, 2.0EC


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to operate established computer programs for calculations of physico-chemical and thermodynamic properties of inorganic materials. Further, students are then able to simulate precipitation processes during different, technologically relevant thermo-mechanical trearments.

Moreover, students are then able to citically assess and interprete computed data.

Subject of course

-) Presentation of ThermoCalc, MatCalc and JMat Pro

-) Learning and practicing of program handling by simple examples

-) Insight into the functionality of databases

-) Critical formulation of input parameters for simulations

-) Validation and critical interpretation of acquired results

-) Simulations in real alloys for high temperature applications

Additional Information

Notebook is required!

Teaching methods

Introduction into the software-modules and -fucntionalities

Overview of comptable materials properties

Introduction to software commands

Computations of exercise examples

Joint performance of technological case studies

Mode of examination


Additional information

Notebook required!



Course dates

Thu14:00 - 15:0001.10.2020 GotoMeeting https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/832001445 (LIVE)prelimenary meeting
Thu09:00 - 12:0019.11.2020 (LIVE)Thermodynamic base - state variables
Fri09:00 - 10:3020.11.2020 (LIVE)databases - state functions
Mon10:30 - 12:0023.11.2020 (LIVE)Thermodynamic equilibrium - Metastabilities
Tue09:00 - 10:3024.11.2020 (LIVE)Local equilibrium - Segregation, Diffusion
Thu10:30 - 12:0003.12.2020 (LIVE)Precipitation kinetics - role of defects
Mon16:00 - 17:3007.12.2020 (LIVE)precipitation kinetics - strengthening
Mon08:00 - 09:3014.12.2020 (LIVE)phase transformations

Examination modalities

Written report

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
09.09.2020 16:00 22.11.2020 23:55 22.11.2020 23:55


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 434 Materials Sciences
066 445 Mechanical Engineering STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


E. Kozeschnik and B. Buchmayr: MatCalc – A simulation tool for multicomponent thermodynamics, diffusion and phase transformations, in: H. Cerjak, H.K.D.H. Bhadeshia (Eds.), Mathematical Modelling of Weld Phenomena 5 book 738, (2001).

K.G.F. Janssens, D. Raabe, E. Kozeschnik, M.A. Miodownik, B. Nestler: Computational Materials Engineering. An Introduction to Microstructure Evolution. London: Elsevier Academic Press; 2007.

N. Saunders and A.P. Miodownik, Calphad Calculation of Phase Diagrams, Pergamon Materials Series, Vol. 1. Elsevier Science Ltd., 1998, p 94-96




Previous knowledge

Understanding and reading / interpreting of simple equilibrium phase diagrams 

basic knowledge: What is a phase?

What is a crystallograpic structure

Structures of alloy matrix phases (fcc. bcc, ..)