New article on ICMEg in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM)
The property of any material is essentially determined by its microstructure. Numerical models are increasingly the focus of modern engineering as helpful tools for tailoring and optimization of custom-designed microstructures by suitable processing and alloy design. A huge variety of software tools is available to predict various microstructural aspects for different materials. In the general frame of an integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) approach, these microstructure models provide the link between models operating at the atomistic or electronic scales, and models operating on the macroscopic scale of the component and its processing. In view of an improved interoperability of all these different tools it is highly desirable to establish a standardized nomenclature and methodology for the exchange of microstructure data. The scope of this article is to provide a comprehensive system of metadata descriptors for the description of a 3D microstructure. The presented descriptors are limited to a mere geometric description of a static microstructure and have to be complemented by further descriptors, e.g. for properties, numerical representations, kinetic data, and others in the future. Further attributes to each descriptor, e.g. on data origin, data uncertainty, and data validity range are being defined in ongoing work. The proposed descriptors are intended to be independent of any specific numerical representation. The descriptors defined in this article may serve as a first basis for standardization and will simplify the data exchange between different numerical models, as well as promote the integration of experimental data into numerical models of microstructures. An HDF5 template data file for a simple, three phase Al-Cu microstructure being based on the defined descriptors complements this article.
2nd International Workshop on Software Solutions for ICME, Barcelona, April 12-15, 2016
The second Workshop on Software Solutions for ICME will be on elaborating "How to combine different models and tools in practice" and this scope can be summarized in one word: Interoperability.
This implicitly covers aspects like information exchange (standardized protocols), license issues, steering of multiple codes (platforms), examples of industrial applications and many others.
The workshop will be held at the venue of UPC BarcelonaTech/CIMNE and with main organizers : C. Agelet de Saracibar (CIMNE), M. Chiumenti (CIMNE), G.J. Schmitz (ACCESS), U.Prahl (RWTH Aachen). Please look for upcoming details at this website or at www.icmeg.info
ICMEg Project Meetings
Within the ICMEg project a several meetings have been held to monitor the progress of the progress of the project.
Dates and venues of past progress meetings :
ICMEg Midterm Review Meeting, April 23rd 2015 , Brussels
3rd Meeting Association ICMEg e. V, March 6, 2015, Aachen, Germany
General Assembly Meeting, March 5-6, 2015, Aachen, Germany
2nd Meeting Association ICMEg e. V, October 21, 2014,IMDEA, Madrid Spain
General Assembly Meeting, October 20-21, 2014, IMDEA, Madrid, Spain
Advisory board ICMEg Meeting, June 27, 2014, Rolduc, Kerkrade, Netherlands
Founding (first) Meeting Association ICMEg e. V, June 24, 2014 Rolduc, Kerkrade, Netherlands
1st International Workshop on Software Solutions for ICME, June 24-27, Rolduc, Kerkrade, Netherlands
General Assembly Meeting, March 6 - 7, 2014, CVUT, Prague, Czech
Project Kickoff meeting, October 11 2013, RWTH, Aachen, Germany
First Workshop on Software Solutions for ICMEg June 24-27, 2014
An "International Workshop on Software for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering"was held in Rolduc Abbey (NL).
The workshop attracted more than 160 participants from 24 countries in 4 continents. About 40% of the attendees originated from academia. A large number of software companies resp. software tools was represented either in person or via different contributions like e.g. metatech, msc-software, gtt-technologies, Dassault Systemes, Sente Software, Thermo-Calc Software, e-xstream, Quantum Espresso, MatCalc, Phase 3D, Materials Design , Accelrys, esi calcom, DAMASK, MICRESS, simufact, OOF, ÅF, Materials Ressources, Enginsoft, simpleware, Itochu-Solutions, Magma, SCM, Homat, Geonx and others.
Also the strong interest of the user industry became obvious by participation and/or contributions of several companies like e.g. Tata Steel, Hydroaluminium, EDF, Rolls Royce, mtu, Salzgitter Mannesmann SZMF, Muhr und Bender, Abengoa, Böhler Schmiedetechnik, Philips, Arcelor Mittal, Nemak, AVL List, Bosch and Vallourec.
More than 100 contributions were presented in 12 parallel sessions and 4 plenary sessions as well as in a poster session, which has been on display during the entire workshop. These sessions were further complemented by a workshop-type discussion session and a panel discussion.
ICMEg kick-off for a new European project - Aachen October 11, 2013
The Integrated Computational Materials Engineering expert group (ICMEg) recently had its kick-off meeting in Aachen.
The aim of ICMEg is to develop a global open standard for information exchange between different kinds of numerical simulation tools. The ICMEg welcomes all who are willing and capable to contribute.
Currently, the main body of the ICMEg, the ICMEg consortium, is funded by theEuropean Commission and is made up of 11 partners from 6 European countries. Included as partners are academic institutions, SME and private non-profit software providers from the areas of computational materials modeling and simulation of materials processing. Each partner has already initiated its own platform strategies in relation to ICME. To achieve its global ambition, the ICMEg consortium is involved in joint activities with a number of associated partners around the globe, especially from the US, Japan and India.