Short Courses

The following short courses will run on Sunday 31 August at the SEC, Glasgow:

Course 1: Design of Superconducting magnets for particle accelerators and detectors
Full Day £75 + VAT

Dr Paolo Ferracin, CERN, Switzerland
Prof Herman Ten Kate, University of Twente, Netherlands

This course covers the design of superconducting magnets for particle accelerators and detectors. The lectures are intended for physicists and engineers working in the areas of magnet technology and applied superconductivity, and interested in basic principles, physical parameters, analytical and numerical tools used for superconducting magnet design. For each of the applications considered, the courses will start by presenting the properties and characteristics of superconducting strands and cables. The main concepts related to magnetic design and coil lay-outs will be then outlined. In addition, the lectures will deal with the mechanics and fabrication techniques of a superconducting magnet, focusing in particular on coils and the structural components aimed at containing the electro-magnetic forces and managing the stresses. Finally, a description of the different systems devoted to cool and protect a magnet after a quench will be provided.

Dr Paolo Ferracin Dr Paolo Ferracin

Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats (MSC) Group, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva

Paolo Ferracin is currently a staff scientist in the Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats (MSC) Group at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva. After graduating in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico of Torino, Italy in 1998, he joined the CERN Main Magnet and Superconductors Group as a PhD Student to work on the mechanics and magnetics of the main superconducting dipole magnets for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In May 2002, he started working in the Superconducting Magnet Program of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), first as a Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a Staff Scientist, on the development of Nb3Sn dipoles and quadrupoles for the next generation particle accelerators. In 2011, he re-joined the MSC group at CERN. For the past 20 years, he has conducted research in the area of applied superconductivity and superconducting magnet technology for particle accelerators.

Course 2: Superconducting Power Devices
Full Day £75 + VAT

Dr Mark Ainslie, University of Cambridge, UK
Prof Antonio Morandi, University of Bologna, Italy
Prof Mathias Noe, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Many power system applications are under development using superconducting materials. Novel designs have been proposed to take advantage of the unique properties of superconducting materials and to achieve new functionalities and higher performance standards compared to conventional power devices. The short course on Superconducting Power System Applications will cover Superconducting Fault Current Limiters, Superconducting Transformers, Superconducting Rotating Machinery, Superconducting Cables and Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage. The course will cover the fundamentals of each application and describe, using case studies, some specific design considerations and demonstrator devices. The course will also summarize some of the future directions and research needs for advancing Superconducting Power System Applications.

Dr Mark AinslieDr Mark Ainslie Bulk Superconductivity Group, University of Cambridge, UK

Mark Ainslie received the B.E. (Electrical & Electronic) & B.A. (Japanese) degree in from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2004, the M.Eng. degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2012. In 2011, he was awarded the European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS) Young Researcher’s Award in Large Scale Applications for his PhD work on transport AC loss in high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coils.

From 2012-2017, he was a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Bulk Superconductivity Group at the University of Cambridge, where he investigated the engineering interactions of conventional, magnetic and superconducting materials for electrical applications. This work focussed on the use of HTS materials in bulk and wire form to increase the electrical and magnetic loadings of an axial gap, trapped flux-type superconducting electric machine. In 2017, he became an EPSRC Early Career Fellow, also in the Bulk Superconductivity Group, as the principal investigator of a five-year, £1.1 million project investigating the use of bulk HTS materials in portable, high field magnet systems.

His research interests cover a broad range of topics in applied superconductivity in electrical engineering, including superconducting electric machine design, bulk superconductor magnetisation, numerical modelling, and interactions between conventional and superconducting materials.

Prof Antonio Morandi University of Bologna, Italy

Antonio Morandi holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Since 2006 he is with the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering where he is Associate Professor. His teaching duties are on Electrical Engineering, Applied Superconductivity and Energy Storage for Electric Power Grid. He is also supervisor of PhD programs on Applied Superconductivity.

He has been visiting professor at Nagoya University, Japan and at Federal Fluminense University, Niteroi, Brasil. He has acted as opponent in international PhD defenses at Tampere University of Technology, Finland (2010, 2014) and New University of Lisbon, – Portugal, 2015-2018. His research interests are on power applications of High Temperature Superconductors and advanced energy systems. His expertise is mainly focused on Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage, Superconducting Fault Current Limiters and Transformers, HTS DC distribution and transmission, HTS Permanent Magnets for high power density rotating machines and levitation and Numerical Modelling. He has coordinated several research projects funded by Public Agencies based on Competitive calls and by private companies and has contributed to the prototyping of superconducting power apparatus (FCL and SMES) and the development of modeling and design tools. More in particular he was the national coordinator of project “PRIN – Development of an Innovative Type Superconducting Fault Current Limiter” and currently is the Principal Investigator of project “DRYSMES4GRID - Development of a cryogen free cooled 500 kJ / 200 kW SMES demonstrator based on MgB2”.

Antonio Morandi is author of about 60 technical papers published in international journals and conferences. He is inventor of three patents. He is reviewer of research projects in the energy sector for the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and foreign research institutes.

He is a Board member of ESAS – European Society for Applied Superconductivity and a senior member of IEEE. He is a member of the Italian National Committee CEI CT90 – Superconductivity of and member of the International Steering Committee on HTS Modeling. He has been member of several program committees in international conferences (ASC2018, EUCAS2013, HTS Modelling 2014 and 2018). He was the chairman of the 5th International Workshop on Numerical Modelling of High Temperature Superconductors, Bologna-Italy, 2016.

He is technical editor for IEEE transaction on Applied Superconductivity and serves as Guest Editor for SUST – Superconductor Science and Technology. He is also is reviewer for several scientific journals.

Prof Mathias NoeProf Mathias Noe Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Mathias Noe has received his MS in Power Engineering in 1991 and his PhD in 1998, both from the University of Hanover in Germany. After a Postdoc position at the Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, he joined Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe in 1998 and became later group leader for high temperature superconducting power devices at the Institute for Technical Physics. Since 2006 he is director of the Institute for Technical Physics at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and full professor for technical applications of high temperature superconductivity at the faculty of electrical engineering and information technology of the University Karlsruhe. In 2009 Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe University merged to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

The Institute for Technical Physics is a national and international centre of competence for applied superconductivity and cryogenics.

Prof Noe is active in the field of new energy technology and applied superconductivity since 1991 and is the author of more than 50 reviewed articles in this field.

He is spokesperson of the Helmholtz Program Energy Storage and cross-linked Infrastructure and Coordinator of the EERA Joint Program Energy Storage. In addition, he is member of several boards, panels and committees in his research field among them he served from 2011-2015 as a president of the European Society of Applied Superconductivity.

Course 3: Superconducting Electronics and Quantum Computation
Half Day £50 + VAT

Prof Paul Seidel, Institute of Solid State Physics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

The Josephson effects are the basis for many applications in the field of superconducting electronics. First there will be a discussion of these effects from theoretical aspects up to applications. After introduction of single Josephson junctions different circuits will be introduced like superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) and many junction arrays for the voltage standard. The superconductor digital electronics reaches from classical logic circuits up to advanced devices and quantum computing.

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