PTCLab: Free and open-source software for calculating phase transformation crystallography

X. F. Gu, T. Furuhara, W. Z. Zhang

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PTCLab (Phase Transformation Crystallography Lab) is free and open-source software to calculate the crystallographic features formed during a phase transformation, such as orientation relationship, interface orientation, interfacial structure etc. This program covers the crystallographic theories for both martensitic and diffusional transformation and allows users to represent the results in stereographic projection. The crystallographic models treated in PTCLab include the classical phenomenological theory of martensite crystallography (PTMC), the double shear version of PTMC, the invariant line model, O-lattice theory, the O-line model, the recently developed three-dimensional near coincidence site method, the edge-to-edge matching model and variant selection analysis. In addition, a number of basic crystallographic calculations for single or multiple crystal structures can be performed with the calculation pad. High-quality composite stereographic projection and electron diffraction patterns can be also obtained by the present application. PTCLab is written in Python, runnable cross platform, and is distributed at

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1099-1106
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Crystallography
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Interfacial structure
  • Matensite crystallography
  • Orientation relationships
  • Precipitation crystallography
  • Variant selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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