PTQuick logoPTQuick is a handy ©MS Windows program for estimation of equilibrium parameters (temperatures, pressures, oxygen fugacities) for mineral parageneses using methods of classical geothermobarometry, i.e. by independent expressions and algorithms ("tools") developed by different authors.
 A special attention is paid to convenience and efficiency of working, that makes obtaining final results easy and fast:

  • simultaneous work with large sets of samples;
  • fast "intelligent" import of tabulated data on mineral compositions from ©MS Excel or text ASCII-files with immediate calculation of formulae coefficients (by two methods);
  • automatic selection of available tools based on full set of imported compositional data and on data present for separate samples;
  • automatic recalculation and plotting of mineral equilibrium curves while a user navigates the table of analyses (at changes of samples) or the diagram window;
  • estimation and plotting of intersection points for selected equilibria (geothermometers and geobarometers, geothermometers and oxybarometers, etc.) for all imported samples, as well as performing of "chain" calculations (estimation of P-T parameters from intersection of geothermometer and geobarometer with their following use in the expression of oxybarometer);
  • plotting of different reference curves on diagrams (e.g. lines of transitions between polymorphs, conductive geotherms, etc.);
  • two variants for user-specified sets of selected tools and reference lines;
  • fast copy of diagrams, tables with calculated mineral analyses and tabulated results of parameters' calculations to the Windows clipboard for the following use in other programs (e.g. in ©MS Word, ©MS Excel, ©Corel Draw, etc.);
  • opportunities for the program customization and more...

 All the thermodynamic calculations (sensors' procedures, or tools' database) in PTQuick are implemented as a separate open-source module, so that you can investigate and modify their actually working algorithms: I think this idea is very important for such scientific programs.
 The database of tools is implemented as a dynamically linked library (PTools.dll), i.e. correction or addition of new tools involves editing of its source text by the programmer with following compilation and linking in the ©Borland Delphi programming environment (instructions about these operations are provided in supplied sources of the library, where you can also check how all the tools are implemented).
 Moreover, there is an opportunity in PTQuick for use of additional external tools implemented as separate small programs (executable exe-files) that communicate with the host program via small text files having very simple format.
 While the current set of tools (near 150) is focused mostly on HP and UHP rocks (lower crust and upper mantle conditions) and some of them are only of historical interest, a wider range of conditions and mineral associations can be easily covered. However, addition of all known tools is not planned: I'll add new tools on your requests only.
PTQuick was developed in close cooperation with Sergey K. Simakov who is the author of several geothermometers, geobarometers and oxybarometers. As for the tool set and some ideas, PTQuick is a descendant of the >15-years old DOS-program GEOTHERM that was developed by Mikhail V. Ivanov and Sergey K. Simakov for geothermobarometric investigations of high-pressure and ultra-high-pressure rocks.

List of sensors implemented in PTQuick can be viewed on (and downloaded from) Google Drive or Yandex Disk

How to work with PTQuick (basic operations demo, program version 1.0):


Thank you for this great software!
Do you think it would be possible to add a GASP barometer to conduct thermobarometry on amphibolite-grade metapelites? According to Wu et al(Lithos 2006) those of Newton and Haselton,1981 and Holdaway (2001) are the best.


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Hi Felix,
Sure, it's possible! I will add these calibrations for 1-2 days and let you know about it here.
P.S. However, I expect more time to implement the calibration of M. Holdaway (2001).

Thank you very much Dmitry, it will be extremely useful. As for Holdaway, it would ressurect the program, because it doesn't work on new Windows platforms.

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Garnet-Plagioclase-Al2SiO5-Quartz (GASP) geobarometer of R.C.Newton and H.T.Haselton (1981) has been added to the PTQuick set.
Expressions for Ky, Sil and And polymorphs are taken from the GPT MS Excel program of J.Reche & F.J.Martinez (1996).
List of files to be replaced:

  1. PTools.dll
  2. Minerals.dat
  3. Tools.dat
  4. Sets.dat

P.S. I think this geobarometer has historical interest only. E.g. it uses the problematic volumetric data for Grs-Alm and Grs-Prp garnets from Cressey et al. (1978), you can read critique in Berman (1990).

Historical interest .... but it is the GASP barometer that yielded the best results after Holdaway, according to Wu and Cheng, 2006

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Unfortunately, these tests doesn't include GASP (+GB thermometer) calculations by programs like TWQ or Thermocalc+AX (avPT) with updated thermodynamic databases (more modern than Berman 1992). BTW I think that Holdaway's barometer can also be easily implemented directly in TWQ (all what we need is to replace Hf and Sf parameters of grossular in the database B92.dat and to add the alternative set of garnet Margules parameters to the B92.sln file). I'll try...

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Garnet-Plagioclase-Al2SiO5-Quartz (GASP) geobarometer of M.Holdaway (2001) has been added to the PTQuick set. The most recommended "AVF" version (averaged garnet Margules parameters and plagioclase model of M.Fuhrman & D.Lindsley (1988)) is used. GASP with andalusite is also implemented. The procedure automatically detects the correct alpha/beta quartz polymorph. The only difference is that fixed Fe3+ can not be set via the program interface yet, though the procedure is sensitive to Fe3+/Fe2+ ratio estimated by the charge disbalance method (BTW you can clear the "Use Fe[3+]" checkbox to assign all Fe to Fe2+ or set variable "Fe3=N" for the barometers in the Tools.dat file).
List of files to be replaced:

  1. PTools.dll
  2. Minerals.dat (if And is absent in the old version)
  3. Tools.dat
  4. Sets.dat
  5. PTQuick.exe (see in P.S.)
  6. *.chm help-files (see in P.S.)

The "DLL Source" folder is also updated, this GASP barometer is placed starting from the line 6963 in PTools.dpr...
There is also the Excel version of this barometer designed for one sample per time calculations. It's good for testing/educational purposes or just to check how it works, I've commented most important details there. This Excel version can be downloaded from my Google Drive or Yandex Disk.

P.S. I've added a new optional variable "Fe3%=" that can be used in Minerals.dat file for fixed mol.% of Fe3+ in desired minerals. E.g. you can add the line


to the garnet description and


to the biotite description. This setting affects only the calculations by cationic method and supersedes the calculations of Fe3+ by charge disbalance and from measured contents of Fe2O3.
Therefore, PTQuick.exe with help-files (*.chm) are also updated!

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Grt-Bt geothermometer of M.Holdaway (2000) has been added to the PTQuick set. The most recommended 5AVE model (consistent with the "AVF" version of GASP geobarometer from Holdaway, 2001) is used. List of files to be replaced:

  1. PTools.dll
  2. Tools.dat
  3. Sets.dat
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Grt-Bt-Pl-Qtz geobarometers from (Wu, Zhang & Ren, 2004) have been added, expressions equivalent to the Excel variants are used (however, expressions of activity coefficients are replaced by general equation). These Mg and Fe barometers are almost consistent with GB thermometer and GASP barometer of M.Holdaway (2000, 2001). WHCaK and WHKCa for Pl are swapped (vs. original paper) due to missed typo in the Fuhrman & Lindsley (1988) paper (though, this error has negligible effect). Fe3%=3 in the garnet description and Fe3%=11.6 (assemblages with ilmenite) or Fe3%=20 (assemblages with magnetite) for the biotite description are recommended in Minerals.dat. Check "Use Fe[3+]" option for correct Bt recalculation. NB: Fe and Mg GBPQ lines are crossed at T ≠ TGrt-Bt (Holdaway, 2000), a little.

Dear Sir
I am trying to calculated PT condition for my samples which consist of garnet, muscovite, chlorite, plagioclase and quartz so it would be great help if you add garnet-muscovite geothermometer and garnet-muscovite-plagioclase-quartz geobarometer. According to Wu et al(Lithos 2006).
Thank you very much

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I was planning to add these geothermometer and geobarometer, I'll do it next week!

I am very happy to know that. Hope to get your updated version after next week

I'll echo the above comments, very handy piece of software, Dimitry. Could you add the Spear (1993) and Bhattacharya et al.(Contrib. min. pet., 1992) garnet-biotite thermometers as well?

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OK! I'll add these thermometers tomorrow, together with equations of Wu et al. Do you mean the simple Grt-Bt expression from the Spear's 1993 book, chapter 15?

Wonderful, yes that would be great. Thanks so much!

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I've updated the main executable PTQuick.exe ("Fe3%=" option in Minerals.dat now affects the both two re-calculation methods) and added muscovite to Minerals.dat.

Several new geothermometers and geobarometers appeared in PTools.dll (+ Tools.dat & Sets.dat):
1. Grt-Mu geothermometer (Wu & Zhao, 2006)
2. Grt-Mu-Pl(+Qtz) geobarometers (Wu & Zhao, 2006), Mg & Fe reactions
3. Grt-Bt-Mu-Pl geobarometers (Wu, 2015), Mg & Fe reactions

Historical Grt-Bt thermometers:
4. Grt-Bt geothermometer (Spear, 1993)
5. Grt-Bt geothermometers (Bhattacharya et al., 1992), HW & GS versions

Some notes on the tools of Wu et al.:
1. Don't forget to set "Fe3%=3" for garnets and "Fe3%=11.6" for biotites in Minerals.dat (just type "=" in these lines)
2. You may notice very small differences in pressures between PTQuick vs. Wu's Excel workbooks (several bars lower in PTQuick). This is mainly due to WHCaK/WHKCa plagioclase Margules parameters erroneously swapped in original paper (Fuhrman & Lindsley, 1988) with used felspar model. This typo has been corrected by M. Holdaway (2001) in his GB.EXE, GASP.EXE and GBGASP.EXE programs (supplementary letter) but not in feldspar expressions of Wu et al. (Fc=WH). I decided to use the same corrected feldspar expressions in PTQuick for all these tools (following M. Holdaway). BTW, I prefer to use the general RTlnγ expression in PTools.dll with immediate W values rather than re-arranged expressions from the papers of Wu et al. (which are great for Excel spreadsheets but too awkward in conventional programs).

Thanks Dmitry for this software! It works very well and is way more convenient than dealing with the equations in different spreadsheets. Thanks also for your great work on TC_Comb!

Would it be possible to add the following barometer for metapelites with Ca-poor garnet or plagioclase?

Garnet-biotite-muscovite-aluminosilicate-quartz barometer (Wu and Zhao, 2007, Lithos)

It would also be neat to have the following thermometers added as well. Although the equations are easy to calculate, they are pressure dependent and PTQuick would work nicely to display them along with other reactions.

Ti-in-biotite thermometer (Wu and Chen, 2015, Science Bulletin)

Ti-in-muscovite thermometer (Wu and Chen, 2015, Lithos)

Your dedication to ameliorate the software is truly appreciated!


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Thank you Renaud for the kind words! I'll add these barometer and thermometers as soon as possible, but not earlier than beginning of the next week (when I can get all required Wu's Excel tables with calculation examples for testing).
I regard Excel spreadsheets from supplementary materials as open-source working examples of presented methods. IMHO, they are great for educational and testing purposes and for small tasks, but poorly suitable for voluminous regular works. I've tried once to write a serious program in Excel (after closer look at Isoplot), but abandoned this project despite its success: a) it works too slow with large data volumes, b) Excel puts too many limitations for programming (especially for interface, user-program interaction).

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New expressions added to PTools.dll (+ Tools.dat & Sets.dat):
1. Grt-Bt-Mu-Als-Qtz geobarometers (Wu & Zhao, 2007, Lithos), Ky, Sil & And versions
2. Ti-in-Bt geothermometer (Wu & Chen, 2015, Science Bulletin)
3. Ti-in-Mu geothermometer (Wu & Chen, 2015, Lithos)
However, the last two thermometers are imprecize tools which can be used only for rough estimations. You can read also: Chambers J.A. & Kohn M.J., 2012. Titanium in muscovite, biotite, and hornblende: modeling, thermometry, and rutile activities of metapelites and amphibolites // American Mineralogist, v. 97, p.543-555.

Thanks a lot Dmitry for adding these tools! It's much easier now to visualize and compare them with other thermobarometers.
However, I noticed that the Ti-in-Ms thermometer line disappear below 10 kbar, even if the range of applicability is 1-14 kbar. This issue occurred with all the samples I tested. Do you know why this happens?

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This may occur at inappropriate settings for axes due to ln(P) term in the expression of the thermometer. Only positive input pressures are valid, therefore if P-increment is too large and if Pmin ≤ 0, at least one line node (Pmin) can not be calculated. Try to decrease "Step" (increment) value in the "Parameters" window (tab "Calculations"), or uncheck "Step" and increase number of steps in the counter under this checkbox. I guess you have Step=10 in your settings.

Yes, this is exactly what happens and both suggestions solved the problem. Thanks again!

Dear Dmitry,
Thank you for this great piece of software. I appear to be having some trouble however when calculating P-T ranges for multiple minerals i.e. Grt Bio, etc. It may be the way my data is formatted however data analyses for single minerals such as garnet, biotite and muscovite all work perfectly.
If you have any insight into my problem I would be grateful.

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Dear Sean,
The format of PTQuick input files (or data tables copied from MS Excel) is like this, in general:


Values in rows should be separated by TAB symbols, order of columns is not important.

The optional column "Area" (or "Field", "View", etc, look in PTQuick.ini its possible headers) can be treated as "sub-sample", i.e. as suffix for Sample ID: the program takes it into account to decide which analyses should be used for calculations when you select analysis in the table or press the "Report" button. So, you can regard this example as the set of 3 samples: Smp1_A, Smp1_B and Smp2_A.

PTQuick doesn't generate permutations of analyses by itself (as TC_Comb and TWQ_Comb do). If all data rows in this table are checked in PTQuick and some minerals have two or more analyses, the program takes only first appropriate analyses of each mineral (i.e. combinations Grt1r+Bt3+Mu5+Pl6 for Smp1_A, Grt7r+Bt8 for Smp1_B and Grt2r+Bt1 for Smp2_A). You should uncheck Grt-1r and Bt-3 rows to see the combination Grt2c+Bt4+Mu5+Pl6 of Smp1_A.

If you wish to process all possible combinations of analyses simultaneously, use the supplementary program PTQ_Comb: this program generates expanded tables for PTQuick. For example, this table will be represented as the set of samples Smp1_A_00, Smp1_A_01, Smp1_A_02, Smp1_A_03, Smp1_B_00, Smp1_B_01 and Smp2_A, where separate combinations are marked by additional numerical suffixes (00, 01, etc.).

Then you have to select desired thermometers and barometers in the window "Tools". PTQuick shows there sets of sensors on the basis of the whole set of minerals in the table. If curve of some sensor doesn't appear on the diagram while the selected sample contains analyses of all required minerals, you can press the "Table" button under the diagram: the program writes there notifications about possible errors like division by zero, invalid negative values, etc.

Thank you Dmitry,
Excel sheet was reformatted, the problem is fixed and tools are all working perfectly.
I appreciate your help.
With gratitude,