Preliminary Program

The program of the school aims at providing the students with the main concepts and methodologies for developing numerical models of superconducting devices. As already mentioned, these are unique ‘hands on’ events, with theoretical lectures followed by practical exercises to be solved on the computer, by using dedicated commercial or research software.

Students will learn numerical modelling techniques for different physical aspects of superconducting applications. While the techniques are applicable to a wide variety of problems, the practical exercises of the school are tailored around two specific applications of great interest for the community, namely:

  • Low temperature superconducting (LTS) fusion magnet.
  • High temperature superconducting (HTS) bulks for motor and levitation applications.

The main topics of the program, as well as corresponding lecturers, are described below (detailed information about each topic will soon be provided).


  • Day 1 (2nd July)

Bertrand Dutoit EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland Introduction to superconductors.
Antti Stenvall Tampere University of Technology, Finland Introduction to superconductor modelling and numerical methods.

  • Day 2 (3rd July)

Mark Ainslie University of Cambridge, UK Bulk superconductor magnetisation (Fundamentals).
Kévin Berger University of Lorraine, France Electro-thermal modelling of bulk superconductors.
Neil Mitchell ITER International Organisation, Cadarache, France Status of the ITER magnet system and related modelling challenges.
Jean-Luc Duchateau CEA Cadarache, France Dimensioning magnet systems for fusion reactors: from ITER to DEMO.

  • Day 3 (4th July):

Kévin Berger University of Lorraine, France Electro-thermal modelling of bulk superconductors (cont.).
Jean-Luc Duchateau CEA Cadarache, France Dimensioning magnet systems for fusion reactors: from ITER to DEMO (cont.).
Guilherme Gonçalves Sotelo Fluminense Federal University, Brazil Superconducting magnetic levitation and the Maglev-Cobra full-scale vehicle test line.
Antonio Morandi University of Bologna, Italy Superconducting magnetic levitation: Computer exercise.

  • Day 4 (5th July):

Luigi Muzzi ENEA Frascati, Italy Design of Cable-in-Conduit Conductors for nuclear fusion magnets.
Roberto Zanino and Laura Savoldi Politecnico di Torino, Italy Modelling cooling and cryogenics of the ITER TF magnet system.
Alfredo Portone and Gabriele D’Amico F4E, Barcelona, Spain Mechanics of fusion magnets.

  • Day 5 (6th July):

Alfredo Portone and Gabriele D’Amico F4E, Barcelona, Spain Mechanics of fusion magnets (cont.).
Luca Bottura CERN, Geneva, Switzerland Coupling of electromagnetics and thermo-hydraulic (stability and protection of the ITER-TF magnet).