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.
Introduction to superconductor modelling and numerical methods - computer practice with Matlab

  • Day 2 (3rd July)

Mark Ainslie University of Cambridge, UK Bulk superconductor magnetisation.
Bulk superconductor magnetisation - computer practice with COMSOL Multiphysics
Kévin Berger University of Lorraine, France Bulk superconductor applications.
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):

Jean-Luc Duchateau CEA Cadarache, France Superconductors for fusion magnets - computer practice with Excel VBA.
Kévin Berger University of Lorraine, France Bulk Superconductor applications - computer practice with COMSOL Multiphysics (cont.).
Guilherme Gonçalves Sotelo Fluminense Federal University, Brazil HTS Superconducting magnetic levitation 
Antonio Morandi University of Bologna, Italy HTS Superconducting magnetic levitation - computer practice

  • Day 4 (5th July):

Luigi Muzzi ENEA Frascati, Italy Design of Cable in Conduit Conductor for nuclear fusion magnets.
Cable in Conduit Conductor for fusion magnets - computer practice.
Roberto Zanino and Laura Savoldi Politecnico di Torino, Italy Cooling and Integration of fusion magnets.
Cooling and Integration of fusion magnets: computer practice with 4C.
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 Mechanical problems in fusion magnets - computer practice with ANSYS.
Luca Bottura CERN, Geneva, Switzerland Stability and quench protection of Cable in Conduit Conductors.
Stability and quench protection: computer practice with THEA.