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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 ternary alloys is accessible and interpretable.


The evaluations are performed by MSITĀ®, 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.

Read a unique article written by Alan Prince - an absolutely essential collection of practical and theoretical tips for those making critical evaluation of phase diagram data. Alan Prince was one of the founding members of MSIT, who has made major contributions in the development of the MSIT standards for critical evalution of phase diagram data.

Authors, reviewers, and editorial staff cooperate remotely using the secured Web area of My Workplace.


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

  • Stage 1: collects comments on ternary systems and proposes "best choice" phase diagrams. These diagrams are published under Reference Diagrams.
  • Stage 2: evaluates ternary data and diagrams, upgrading the "best choice" diagrams into critically evaluated System Reports. These are published under Ternary 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 Ternary System Reports are published electronically and in print. Opens internal link in current windowMore...

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 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 ternary information on three levels of added value

  1. Opens internal link in current windowLinks to Literature
  2. Opens internal link in current windowReference Diagrams
  3. Opens internal link in current windowTernary Evaluations