The MICRESS® team has the pleasure to announce an upcoming MICRESS® training. The goal of the tutorial is to help students and researchers from the field of computational materials science to get started with 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. The training will be held online. 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 to have an own MICRESS® installation or license file.

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 limit registration to a maximum of two participants per institution.

System requirements: A standard browser is sufficient to login to the sessions and follow the presentations. But a Windows system is necessary to join the hands-on sessions. It will be necessary to install a portable version of the WebEx AnyConnect client.

Group A Feb 6th and 7th, 2023 from 3 pm to 10 pm (UTC+1)

(recommended for participants from America and Europe)

Registration is closed
Group B Feb 9th and 10th, 2023 from 9 am to 4 pm (UTC+1)

(recommended for participants from Asia and Europe)

Registration is closed

Program – Day 1

Group A Group B Topics
14:45-15:00 08:45-09:00 Login
15:00-15:30 09:00-09:30 1 Welcome Plenary MA
  • Introduction to Access
  • Introduction to MICRESS
  • Agenda
  • Becoming acquainted
  • Introduction of tutors
15:30-16:00 09:30-10:00 2a Training infrastructure Plenary LK
  • Introduction to Webex Training
16:00-16:15 10:00-10:15 2b Getting started Hands on
  • Connecting to your remote desktop
16:15-16:45 10:15-10:45 3a Overview of a MICRESS simulation - Demo Plenary RA
  • Introduction to MICpad
  • Data types and formats (txt, mcr, vtk)
  • Directory structure
  • Introduction to DP_MICRESS
  • Useful third-party software (e.g. ParaView)
16:45-17:15 10:45-11:15 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)
17:15-17:30 11:15-11:30 Coffee break Q&A
  • Coffee on your own 😀
17:30-18:00 11:30-12:00 4a Driving file step by step Plenary BB
  • A close look at the training example T01_03_AlCu_E_HypoEutectic_2D_TQ.dri
  • Step by step explanation of most important input
18:00-18:30 12:00-12:30 4b Demo: Modify a driving file Plenary RA
  • 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
18:30-19:00 12:30-13:00 4c Demo: Modifying 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 Voronoi tesselation
  • Run simulation and visualize output using DP-MICRESS
19:00-19:45 13:00-13:45 Lunch / Dinner break
19:45-20:00 13:30-14:00 4d 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
20:00-20:30 14:00-14:30 5 Microstructures Plenary RA
  • Synthesizing initial microstructures
  • Importing initial microstructure from experimental data
  • Running simulations on synthesized/imported microstructure
  • Importing microstructures from plain-text/VTK files
  • Adding properties to imported microstructures
  • Using MICRESS restart files
20:30-21:00 14:30-15:00 6a Grain growth Plenary JE
  • Basics
  • Interfacial properties
  • Orientation/Misorientation
21:00-21:30 15:00-15:30 6b 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
21:30-22:00 15:30-16:00 Open discussion Q&A

Program – Day 2

Group A Group B Topics
14:45-15:00 08:45-09:00 Login
15:00-15:30 09:00-09:30 7a Phase transformations Plenary JE
15:30-16:00 09:30-10:00 7b 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.
16:00-16:30 10:00-10:30 8a Coupling to thermodynamics Plenary BB
  • Thermo-Calc equilibrium and Scheil-Calculation as a basis for MICRESS simulations
  • Creating a GES5 thermodynamic database with Thermo-Calc
16:30-17:15 10:30-11:15 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
17:15-17:30 11:15-11:30 Coffee break Q&A
17:30-18:00 11:30-12:00 9a Nucleation Plenary JE
  • Nucleation undercooling
  • Nucleation models - seed undercooling / seed density
  • Nucleation sites
18:00-18:45 12:00-12:45 9b 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
18:45-19:30 12:45-13:30 Lunch / Dinner break
19:30-20:00 13:30-14:00 10 Coupling to the process Plenary BB
20:00-21:00 14:00-15:00 11 Other examples and High-end applications of MICRESS Plenary MA
from 21:00 from 15:00 Open discussion 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.