The MICRESS® team has the pleasure to announce an upcoming MICRESS® training. Due the ongoing safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the training will be held online. The goal of tutorial is to help students and researchers from the field of computational materials science to get started microstructure simulations. Training participants will be introduced by experts in the field to the use of MICRESS® in order to gain hands-on experience that can directly be applied to their own research. All lectures will be held via WebEx Training giving participants the ability to configure and run their own MICRESS® simulation during multiple practical exercises. Therefore, there will be no need have an own MICRESS® installation or license file.


MICRESS® Basic Training
16 hours of training including plenary lessons and hands-on exercises
August 31st to September 1st, 2021 from 11 am to 7 pm CEST
Standard fee per participant EUR 300,- VAT not included
Reduced fee* per participant
* For MICRESS® customers subscribed to the Maintenance and Support Subscription (M&SS) program
EUR 200,- VAT not included

Register (via Webex)

Program – Day 1

Time Topics
10:45-11:00 Registration
11:00-11:30 1 Welcome Plenary GJS
  • Introduction to Access
  • Introduction to MICRESS
  • Agenda
  • Becoming acquainted
  • Introduction of tutors
11:30-12:00 2a Training infrastructure Plenary LK
  • Introduction to Webex Training
12:00-12:15 2b Getting started Hands on
  • Connecting to your remote desktop
12:15-12:45 3a Overview of a MICRESS simulation Plenary GJS
  • Introduction to MICpad
  • Data types and formats (txt, mcr, vtk)
  • Directory structure
  • Introduction to DP_MICRESS
  • Useful third-party software (e.g. ParaView)
12:45-13:15 3b Your first MICRESS simulation Hands on
  • Find MICRESS example directory
  • Copy driving file from T003_AlCu example
  • Modify output path
  • Run MICRESS simulation
  • Inspect simulation results with DP_MICRESS
  • Add comments to driving file
  • Convert input file (in) into driving file (dri)
13:15-14:00 Lunch / Dinner break
14:00-14:30 4a Creating a driving file step by step Plenary GJS
  • A close look at the T003_AlCu example
  • Modifying existing dri/in files
  • Grain placement
  • Voronoi tessellation
  • Strategies to get a driving file operational
14:30-15:15 4b Modifying a driving file Hands on
  • Use the T003_AlCu example as a template
  • Place a rectangular FCC-A1 grain in the center of the simulation domain (similar to demo)
  • Add two circular FCC-A1 grains with different orientations next to each other (with/without Voronoi tessellation)
  • Visualize grains using grain number and orientation output
  • Modify process conditions (temperature, temperature gradient, alloy concentration)
15:15-15:45 4c 3D simulation Hands on
  • Turn example into 3D (2.5D)
  • Place two 3D alpha-Cu spheres in the center
  • Inspect results with DP_MICRESS
  • Use DP_MICRESS to export results into VTK
  • Visualize result with ParaView
15:45-16:15 5a Grain growth Plenary JE
  • Basics
  • Interfacial properties
  • Orientation/Misorientation
16:15-16:45 5b Grain growth conditions and misorientations Hands on
  • Change conditions in T025_GrainGrowth example
  • Enable misorientation in phase interaction
  • Use Read-Shockley model for interfacial energy
  • Use Humphreys models for interfacial mobility
  • Compare orientation output
16:45-17:00 Coffee break Q&A
17:00-17:30 6a Phase transformations Plenary JE
17:30-18:00 6b Adding phases Hands on
  • Add a phase to T001_DeltaGamma example
  • Place a rectangular grain of cementite in the center of the simulation domain
from 18:00 7 Open discussion and free hands-on Q&A

Program – Day 2

Time Topics
10:45-11:00 Login
11:00-11:30 8a Coupling to thermodynamics Plenary GJS
  • Thermo-Calc equilibrium and Scheil-Calculation as a basis for MICRESS simulations
  • Creating a GES5 thermodynamic database with Thermo-Calc
11:30-12:15 8b Coupling to thermodynamics Hands on
  • Add a further alloy element to the T001_DeltaGamma example
  • Create an own Fe-C-Cr-Mn system
  • Include your own GES5 file
  • (Re-)Assign elements and phases
12:15-12:45 9a Creating initial microstructures Plenary RA
  • Synthesizing initial microstructures
  • Importing initial microstructure from experimental data
  • Running simulations on synthesized/imported microstructure
12:45-13:30 9b Creating initial microstructures Hands on
  • Generate 2D single phase grain structure
  • Export grain structure to a VTK file
  • Use ParaView to cut a 2D slice from a 3D grain structure
13:30-14:15 Lunch / Dinner break
14:15-14:45 10a Importing initial microstructures Plenary RA
  • Importing microstructures from plain-text/VTK files
  • Adding properties to imported microstructures
  • Using MICRESS restart files
14:45-15:30 10b Importing initial microstructures Hands on
  • Import a microstructure into the T025_GrainGrowth example
  • Add identical properties to all grains (using a single phase)
  • Add grain-specific properties
15:30-16:00 11a Nucleation Plenary JE
  • Nucleation undercooling
  • Nucleation models - seed undercooling / seed density
  • Nucleation sites
16:00-16:45 11b Nucleation Hands on
  • Alter nucleation conditions for different nucleation types in the T010_Gamma_Alpha example
16:45-17:00 Coffee break Q&A
17:00-17:00 12 High-end applications of MICRESS Plenary GJS
  • Continuous casting of HSLA steel
  • ICME of superalloy components
from 17:30 13 Open discussion and free hands-on Q&A
  • Farewell


Please feel encouraged to complete the following pre-training tasks to be best prepared for the training event.

Task 1
  10 mins

Watch MICRESS Phenomenology Part 1 to get an introduction into thermodynamics.

Watch MICRESS Phenomenology Part 2 to get an introduction into diffusion and kinetics.

Watch MICRESS Phenomenology Part 3 to get an introduction into multi-phase-field modelling.

Watch MICRESS at work to learn about coupling of thermodynamics and phase-field-modelling.

Task 5
  8 mins

Watch MICRESS Post-Processing Overview to get an overview of common tools for MICRESS post-processing.

Watch DP_MICRESS Post-Processing Basic Introduction to learn about the features and operational use of DP_MICRESS.

Download and install DP_MICRESS.

Download the following MICRESS simulation examples.

Open each of the examples with DP_MICRESS and inspect the corresponding output.