Master thesis on Experimental Validation of a new HPC Modelling Tool for High Temperature Superconductors

Our Fusion group member, Oriol Fernández has successfully presented his Master thesis in the Master of Modelling for Science and Engineering in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona entitled Experimental Validation of a new HPC Modelling Tool for High-Temperature Superconductors.

This thesis was based on the work Oriol has been carrying out since last February in our group in close collaboration with ICMAB (Institute of Material Science in Barcelona), under the supervision of José Lorenzo and Mervi Mantsinen. The defense was held virtually due to the Covid19 pandemic on the 8th of September.

Oriol’s research is focused on High-Temperature Superconductor modelling and is embedded in the FusionCAT project. In particular, Oriol worked on the validation of the module magnet of the HPC code Alya with experimental data from ICMAB. Apart from this, new implementations were done in the code for more realistic simulations. The results obtained during the research period showed that Alya was validated successfully with this experiment and with further improvements and validations can become a multiphysics HPC platform for superconducting HTS wires.

In the upcoming months, Oriol will continue on the magnet module validation with experiments on AC losses as well as with the future coupling of MAGNET with TEMPER module in Alya in order to achieve a multiphysics code for simulating superconductivity cases accurately.

Oriol would like to thank the whole group for the support and valuable advice received for the presentation done and during all the internship.

This work is part of the FusionCAT project co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020 with a grant of 50% of total cost eligible.

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