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, 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.

Group A March 11, 2024 14:45 (UTC+1) - March 12, 2024 from 21:00 (UTC+1)

(recommended for participants from America and Europe)

Registration is closed
Group B March 14, 2024 08:45 (UTC+1) - March 15, 2024 15:00 (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
15:00-15:15 09:00-09:15 1 Welcome BB
  • Agenda
  • Introduction of tutors
15:15-16:15 09:15-10:15 2 Introduction JE
  • Overview of features and modelling principles of MICRESS
  • Applications
16:15-16:45 10:15-10:45 3 Working with MICRESS Demo BZ
  • 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
16:45-17:00 10:45-11:00 Coffee break
17:00-17:15 11:00-11:15 4 Welcome round BB
  • Short introductions of attendees - Who are you?
17:15-17:30 11:15-11:30 5 Getting started with MICRESS Challenge BZ
  • Find the MICRESS example directory
  • Create a private copy and modify the output path
  • Run a MICRESS simulation and inspect the results with DP_MICRESS
  • Edit comments in the DRI file and restore original comments from the IN file
17:30-18:15 11:30-12:15 6 Driving file step by step Tutorial BB
  • A close look at the training example T01_03_AlCu_E_HypoEutectic_2D_TQ.dri
  • Step by step explanation of the most important input
18:15-19:00 12:15-13:00 Lunch / Dinner break
19:00-19:30 13:00-13:30 7a Modifying a driving file Demo RB
  • Creating a new driving file (from example / interactively)
  • Modification of a driving file (e.g. adding initial grains)
  • Strategies to get the new driving file operational
19:30-19:45 13:30-13:45 7b Modifying a driving file Challenge RB
  • Create driving file from a 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
19:45-20:00 13:45-14:00 7c Going 3D Challenge RB
  • Expand 2D example to 3D (T01_03_AlCu_E_HypoEutectic_2D_TQ)
  • Place initial spherical grain in the domain center
  • Inspect 3D results with DP_MICRESS and export to VTK
  • Visualize results with ParaView
20:00-20:15 14:00-14:15 Coffee break
20:15-20:45 14:15-14:45 8 Microstructures Tutorial LK
  • Synthesizing initial microstructures
  • Importing initial microstructure from experimental data
  • Running simulations on synthesized/imported microstructure
  • Importing microstructures from ASCII/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 Tutorial JE
  • Basics
  • Interfacial properties
  • Orientation/Misorientation
15:30-15:45 09:30-09:45 9b Grain growth conditions and misorientations Challenge BB/MA
  • 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
15:45-16:15 09:45-10:15 10a Phase transformations Tutorial JE
16:15-16:30 10:15-10:30 10b Adding phases Challenge BB/MA
  • 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.
16:30-16:45 10:30-10:45 Coffee break
16:45-17:15 10:45-11:15 11a Coupling to thermodynamics Tutorial BB
  • Thermo-Calc equilibrium and Scheil-Calculation as a basis for MICRESS simulations
  • Creating a GES5 thermodynamic database with Thermo-Calc
17:15-17:30 11:15-11:30 11b Coupling to thermodynamics Challenge BB
  • 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
17:30-18:15 11:30-12:15 Lunch / Dinner break
18:15-18:45 12:15-12:45 12a Nucleation Tutorial JE
  • Nucleation undercooling
  • Nucleation models - seed undercooling / seed density
  • Nucleation sites
18:45-19:30 12:45-13:30 12b Nucleation Challenge RB
  • 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
19:30-19:45 13:30-13:45 Coffee break
19:45-20:15 13:45-14:15 13 Coupling to the process Tutorial BB
20:15-21:00 14:15-15:00 14 Open discussion
  • 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.