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Reliable phase diagrams provide scientists and engineers with basic information of eminent importance for fundamental research and for the development and optimization of materials. Collections of such diagrams are extremely useful, if the data on which they are based have been subjected to critical evaluation.

Critical evaluation means: where contradictory information is published, data and conclusions are analyzed, broken down to the firm facts and re-interpreted in the light of all present knowledge. Depending on the information available this can be a very difficult task to achieve. Critical evaluations establish descriptions of reliably known phase configurations and related data.


The aim is to create a base of reliable knowledge and to ensure that the ever expanding information on binary alloys is accessible and interpretable.

The last major binary evaluation program terminated 1990. Since then, there have been thousands of new binary publications. This growth in binary information is being managed via the MSIT Binary Evaluation Program. At the same time the Ternary Evaluation Program of MSIT requires reliable edge binary data. Coordination now makes it possible for both programs to benefit from the systematic management of the growing knowledge.


The evaluations are performed by Opens internal link in current windowMSITĀ®, Materials Science International Team, a group of scientists working together since 1984. Within this team skilled expertise is available for a broad range of methods, materials and applications. This joint competence is employed in the critical evaluation of the often conflicting literature data.

Authors, reviewers, and editorial staff cooperate remotely using the secured Web area of Opens internal link in current windowMy Workplace.


The Binary Evaluation Program proceeds in two stages and publishes its results in MSI Eureka

  • Stage 1: collects comments on binary systems and proposes "best choice" phase diagrams. These diagrams are published under Reference Diagrams.
  • Stage 2: evaluates binary data and diagrams, upgrading the "best choice" diagrams into critically evaluated System Reports. These are published under Binary Evaluations.


For each ternary system the results are presented in form of one System Report - the evaluated conclusion of up to 300 prime papers on the subject. System Reports present all data and diagrams which are necessary or helpful for the understanding the system. System Reports do not present redundant diagrams or self evident text explanations.

The Binary System Reports are published electronically in MSI Eureka Opens internal link in current window.

If you, as a scientist have insight or measurements of relevance to a materials system, or you would like participating in the program, Register as Author Opens internal link in current window.


The System Reports are offered in the MSI Eureka.

Other databases listed in Products Description keep the information on each materials system up to date, ensuring it is available to the author(s) in the programs when required. After the System Report has been published these databases continue to collect information and "raw" data for each system, so that the customer can add later conclusions to the System Report.

Customers with a subscription have access to binary information on three levels of added value

  1. Links to Literature
  2. Reference Diagrams
  3. Binary Evaluations