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.

2023W, VU, 1.0h, 2.0EC


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

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

Tue15:00 - 16:0003.10.2023GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH prelimenary meeting
Mon09:00 - 14:0008.01.2024Seminarraum BD 03 phase stabilities - phase diagrams - CALPHAD
Tue09:00 - 13:0009.01.2024Seminarraum BD 03 Thermodynamic base - state variables
Wed09:00 - 14:0010.01.2024Seminarraum BD 03 databases - state functions
Thu09:00 - 14:0011.01.2024Seminarraum BD 03 precipitation kinetics - strengthening

Examination modalities

1) Report containing the exercises carried out and discussion of the results

2) Home exercise case study: Each student develops a computational materials engineering computation based on a scientific article provided


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Tue - 25.02.2025written16.01.2025 12:00 - 24.02.2025 12:00TISSComputer Use

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
06.09.2023 16:00 19.11.2023 23:55 19.11.2023 23:55


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 434 Materials Sciences Not specified
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Mandatory electiveSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management Mandatory electiveSTEOP
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, ..)