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 and joining the training with the WebEx App is necessary to participate to the hands-on sessions. During login portable versions of the WebEx Meeting app and WebEx AnyConnect client will be installed.

Group A Sep 4th and 5th, 2023 from 3 pm to 10 pm (UTC+2)

(recommended for participants from America and Europe)
Unfortunately, there were not enough registrations.
Please register for Group B if possible.

Group B Sep 7th and 8th, 2023 from 9 am to 4 pm (UTC+2)

(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
15:00-15:15 09:00-09:15 1 Welcome Plenary RA
  • Agenda
  • Introduction of tutors
15:15-16:15 09:15-10:15 2 Introduction Plenary JE
  • Overview of features and modelling principles of MICRESS
  • Applications
16:15-16:45 10:15-10:45 3 Overview of the MICRESS user interface - Demo Plenary RA
  • Driving file editor: MICpad
  • Configure input, find examples and manuals
  • Run an example setting
  • Data types and formats of results (txt, mcr, vtk)
  • Viewer: DP_MICRESS
16:15-16:30 10:45-11:00 Coffee break
  • Coffee on your own 😀
16:30-16:45 11:00-11:15 4 Welcome to training with hands-on Plenary RA
  • Round of introductions of attendees - Who are you?
16:45-17:15 11:15-11:45 5a Training infrastructure Plenary LK
  • Introduction to Webex Training
17:15-18:00 11:45-12:30 5b Getting started with your first MICRESS simulation Hands on
  • Connecting to your remote desktop
  • 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)
18:00-18:45 12:30-13:15 Lunch / Dinner break
18:45-19:30 13:15-14:00 6 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
19:30-20:00 14:00-14:30 7a Demo: Modify a driving file Plenary RA
  • Creating your own driving file (from an example, interactively)
  • Modification of a driving file (e.g. adding initial grains)
  • Strategies to get the new driving file operational
20:00-20:15 14:30-14:45 7b 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
20:15-20:30 14:45-15:00 Coffee break Q&A
20:30-21:00 15:00-15:30 7c 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
21:00-21:15 15:30-15:45 7d Demo: Solution for Voronoi tessalation and going 3D Demo
  • Place initial grains with Voronoi tesselation
  • Sperical grain in 3D
21:15-21:45 15:45-16:15 8 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

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 9a Grain growth Plenary JE
  • Basics
  • Interfacial properties
  • Orientation/Misorientation
15:30-16:00 09:30-10:00 9b 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
16:00-16:30 10:00-10:30 10a Phase transformations Plenary JE
16:30-17:00 10:30-11:00 10b 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.
17:00-17:15 11:00-11:15 Coffee break Q&A
17:15-17:45 11:15-11:45 11a 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
17:45-18:30 11:45-12:30 11b 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
18:30-19:15 12:30-13:15 Lunch / Dinner break
19:15-19:45 13:15-13:45 12a Nucleation Plenary JE
  • Nucleation undercooling
  • Nucleation models - seed undercooling / seed density
  • Nucleation sites
19:45-20:30 13:45-14:30 12b 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
20:30-20:45 14:30-14:45 Coffee break Q&A
20:45-21:15 14:45-15:15 13 Coupling to the process Plenary BB
21:15-21:45 15:15-15:45 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.