STOCKHOLM, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermo-Calc Software AB announced the release of Thermo-Calc 3.0, which constitutes the third generation of its popular computational thermodynamics software. Thermo-Calc is a powerful software package used to perform thermodynamic and phase diagram calculations for multi-component systems of practical importance. Calculations are based on thermodynamic databases produced using the CALPHAD method. Databases are available for Steels, Ti-, Al-, Mg-, Ni-alloys, multi-component oxides and many other materials. "Our main ambitions for this new version of Thermo-Calc have been to unify the two earlier versions of Thermo-Calc (i.e. Thermo-Calc Classic and Thermo-Calc Windows) into one application, and to create a framework that is suitable for future extension with additional modules and functionality that will integrate more closely with our other software tools such as DICTRA and TC-PRISMA," said Anders Engström, CEO of Thermo-Calc Software AB. There is a growing interest in computational methods to optimize materials design and process improvement, as highlighted in The National Academies report on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) published in 2008 and President Obama's announcement of the Materials Genome Initiative in June 2011. Developing powerful and flexible tools and databases is important to the continued development of this field. "ICME" is an approach to design components, the materials that comprise them, and their associated materials processing methods by linking materials models at multiple length scales. The focus is on the materials, i.e. understanding how processes produce material structures, how those structures give rise to material properties, and how to select materials for a given application. "The Materials Genome Initiative" is a US national initiative to double the speed and reduce the cost of discovering, developing, and deploying new advanced materials. For more than 30 years, CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) based tools, such as Thermo-Calc, have been used to accelerate alloy and materials design. CALPHAD is based on relating the underlying thermodynamics of a system to predicting the phases that can form and the amounts and compositions of those phases in multicomponent systems of industrial relevance. The CALPHAD approach is an important foundation to ICME and the Materials Genome Initiative as it provides a way to scale up from critically assessed binary and ternary systems to complex multicomponent systems of industrial interest.