Graduate Seminar Series

February 10, 2023

10:00 a.m. ET

7500 Wean Hall

Computational Thermodynamic Calculations: From CALPHAD Thermodynamic Database to Virtual Steelmaking Plant

Thermodynamics is one of the most fundamental knowledge we have learned as undergraduate students in materials engineering. Although it is very essential to understand the chemical reactions and phase equilibria in small-scale lab experiments and real-world materials manufacturing processes, many students and researchers are afraid of dealing with thermodynamic equations and try to avoid them as much as possible. In this lecture, I would like to show the beauty of thermodynamics by demonstrating its applicability to the real-world steelmaking process. For this, I will begin with basic chemical reactions and phase diagrams, introduce the CALPHAD type thermodynamic databases, and eventually lead you to virtual steelmaking plant simulations based on thermodynamics and kinetics. At the end of this lecture, you will learn that thermodynamics is very important and practical engineering knowledge, and how thermodynamic software can serve as useful tools in materials engineering.

In-Ho Jung, PhD, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University

In-Ho JungProfessor Jung is a world-renowned expert in chemical metallurgy and thermodynamic database development. He is a co-developer of FactSage thermodynamic software, which is accessed by more than 1000 sites around the world, and academic member of FIRE (Federation of International Refractory Research and Education). He worked for McGill University, Canada as an assistant and associate professor for 10 years, and is currently a professor at Seoul National University, South Korea. Since 2009, Prof. Jung has led the “FactSage Steelmaking Consortium Project” to develop thermodynamic databases and process simulation models for steelmaking industry, sponsored by 13 companies around the world. He has authored and co-authored 6 book chapters, 20 patents and more than 250 journal papers, and 120 conference proceeding papers.

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