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.

Computational scientists from both academia and industry are encouraged to register for the training. Participation in the event is free of charge. The number of participants is limited to 30 per group. Please registration to a maximum of two participants per institution. Training places will be allocated on first-come-first-serve basis.


MICRESS® Basic Training
April 5th to 6th, 2022 from 11 am to 7 pm CEST
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
  • Create private copy and modify output path
  • Run MICRESS simulation and inspect results with DP_MICRESS
  • Edit comments in driving file and restore original comments from output file (*in)
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 training example T01_03_AlCu_E_HypoEutectic_2D_TQ.dri
  • Step by step explanation of most important input
  • Creating your own driving file (interactively or from template)
  • Modification of a driving file (e.g. adding initial grains)
  • Strategies to get the new driving file operational
14:30-15:15 4b Modification of a driving file Hands on
  • Create driving file from template (T01_03_AlCu_E_HypoEutectic_2D_TQ.dri)
  • Set output name and path
  • Place initial grains with or without Vronoi tesselation
  • Run simulation and visualize output using DP-MICRESS
15:15-15:45 4c 3D simulation Hands on
  • Expand example T01_03_AlCu_E_HypoEutectic_2D_TQ.dri to 3D
  • Place initial spherical grain in the domain center
  • Inspect 3D results with DP_MICRESS and export to VTK
  • Visualize results 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
  • Clone driving file from example T10_01_GrainGrowth_2D.dri
  • Enable misorientation in phase interaction
  • Use Read-Shockley model for interfacial energy
  • Use Humphreys models for interfacial mobility
  • Run simulation and visualize orientations with dedicated color scale
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 Cementite as third phase to example T02_01_FeCMn_D_DeltaGamma_2D_TQ.dri
  • Add associated phase-specific input
  • Place a cementite grain in the center of the simulation domain
  • Look for traces of the melting grain in the output files.
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 Cr as a further element to example T02_01_FeCMn_D_DeltaGamma_2D_TQ.dri
  • Generate and include the required Fe-C-Mn-Cr.GES5 file
  • Add all missing element-specific data
  • Display Cr concentration distribution in DP_MICRESS
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 critical nucleation undercooling in example T02_20_FeCMn_E_GammaAlphaIsotherm_2D_Lin.dri
  • Start simulations under variation of initial process temperature
  • Compare simulation results
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.