TMS2018 Professional Development Events

Modeling the Coevolution of Microstructure and Properties using the MOOSE Framework

Sunday, March 11, 2018 • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center
Structural Materials Division
Michael Tonks, University of Florida; Daniel Schwen and Larry Aagasen, Idaho National Laboratory


The Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) is an open source framework aiding in the development of scientific simulation tools. MOOSE is emerging as a powerful framework for developing mesoscale computational materials science tools. This is accomplished by utilizing modules for finite strain mechanics, phase field, and heat and mass transfer. Modular, pluggable interface provides simplified access to powerful, massively parallel nonlinear solvers; it can run small problems and has demonstrated good scalability to over 10,000 processors. This workshop will cover everything necessary to utilize MOOSE and its modules in the creation of new materials applications to predict the coevolution of microstructure and properties. For more information, visit the MOOSE Framework website:

Who Attends?

This workshop will be valuable for any student, scientist, or engineer interested in creating scientific simulation tools for materials related applications at the mesoscale. MOOSE is open source and freely available and is already being used by industry, national laboratories, and universities across the world.

Topical Outline

This class will consist of the following segments:

  1. Introduction to the MOOSE framework
  2. Solving mechanics problems in MOOSE
  3. Developing phase field models in MOOSE

Instructor Biographies

Daniel Schwen (Ph.D., 2007, Physics, University of Goettingen, Germany) is a member of the Computational Microstructure Science Group at Idaho National Laboratory and the lead developer of the mesoscale NEAMS-funded MOOSE based MARMOT tool. He is a contributor to the MOOSE finite element framework. He has implemented core multiphase modeling and mechanics coupling functionality into MOOSE and designed novel rapid model development capabilities. His expertise is in the area of multiscale modeling with a focus on using mesoscale modeling and simulation tools to bridge from the atomistic to the macroscale. Dr. Schwen has experience in modelling materials under irradiation and thermodynamic modeling.

Michael R. Tonks is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2008. After graduating, he completed a year-long postdoc at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and then worked as a staff scientist at INL until 2015. He was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Pennsylvania State University from 2015 to 2017. His research interests are focused on predicting the coevolution of microstructure and properties in materials in harsh environments using computational materials science and computational mechanics tools. He has been a significant developer of the phase field and tensor mechanics modules in the Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE). He was awarded the US DOE Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation Programs Excellence Award in 2014, the American Nuclear Society Materials Science and Technology Division Special Achievement Award in 2015, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2017.

Larry Aagesen is a Computational Scientist in the Fuels Modeling and Simulation Department at Idaho National Laboratory. His primary expertise is in phase-field modeling, having developed phase-field models for a variety of physical phenomena, including fission gas bubble evolution, solid-state precipitation, solidification and coarsening in metallic alloys and ceramics, and semiconductor growth. He completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in 2010, followed by appointment as a postdoctoral researcher and Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan from 2010 to 2015.


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Member $175 $225
Non-member $225 $275
Student $75 $125