Our participation in the UPC Fusion Technology Course

This spring our fusion group contributed for the seventh consecutive year to the Fusion Technology Course imparted within the Nuclear Engineering MSc at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain.

This course gives the students an overview of plasma physics and fusion technology, presenting a broad scope of topics, delivered by experts in each of the fusion fields covered, mainly provided by different institutions and companies.

This year, our Fusion Group gave three lectures thanks to our work on various projects including EUROfusion, FusionCAT, FUSION CODES and Advanced Computing Hub(ACH). These lectures give a flavor of the research carried out by our group in the computational modeling of fusion materials at the atomic scale, superconducting magnets, plasma heating and simulation codes in fusion technology.

  • On the 9th of March, Julio Gutiérrez gave his lecture on “Computational Modelling of Fusion Materials at the Atomic Scale”. This lecture made an overall introduction on the theory behind some of the most commonly used atomistic simulation methods in materials science. Practical examples of the simulation of materials under irradiation were discussed based on quantum mechanical and classical approaches.
  • On the 10th of May, Dani Gallart imparted a lesson on plasma heating with electromagnetic waves entitled “Plasma heating with RF waves”. The students tackled the fundamentals on physics of plasma heating and were introduced to some of the recent research advances in this field such as the heating plasma ions used in the recent D-T campaign at JET.
  • On the 10th of May, Xavier Sáez gave a lecture entitled “Simulation codes in Fusion Technology, which was focused on the role of the simulations and High-Performance Computing (HPC) in fusion research and included some examples of fusion simulation codes used currently.

We hope to continue our participation in this course for the years to come!

The FusionCAT project (001-P-001722) has been 50% co-financed with € 1.960.963,66 by the European Fund for Regional Development of the European Union within the framework of the 2014-2020 ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia, with the support of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

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