Francisco Fernandez Vazquez Del Mercado

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Biography

Francisco Fernández obtained a B.Eng of Mechanical Ingineering in 2009 from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICAI) and a M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 from the same university. He holds a Ph.D in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion in 2018 from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid with the thesis titled "Doppler reflectometry studies in the TJ-II stellarator: comparison between simulations and experimental results". During his thesis and later he was working as Associate Professor in the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICAI) teaching subjects as Physics Fundamentals, Thermodynamics and Quantum Physics in Mechanical and Telecommunications Engineering grades. At the same time he joined to the Physics department in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he was working in MHD stability applied to fusion plasmas

Research

Our research line is based on computational modelling of High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) by Finite Element Method using the High Performance Computing Mechanics ALYA. We use computing simulations to study the behavior and predict quenches of complex geometries of HTS. This studies could be very useful for future nuclear fusion reactors, since HTS allow to manufacture smaller reactors than the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and therefore lower the manufacturing costs. Moreover, HTS will decrease the cooling costs and the cryogenic systems requirements with respect to the actual technology (LTS)

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