UTCuriousUSummer courses overviewApplied Cryogenics and Superconductivity

Applied Cryogenics and Superconductivity

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In daily life, frozen food or a cold beverage must have undergone a cryogenic process.

Our modern lives are connected to advanced cryogenics and superconductivity. As examples, in medical diagnosis Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners comprise a superconducting coil cooled to -269 C. In daily life, frozen food or a cold beverage must have undergone a cryogenic process. In electrical power engineering, superconducting cables cooled by liquid nitrogen can transport energy efficiently. Scientific instruments like the James Webb Telescope are powered by cryocoolers. The discovery of the Higgs boson at the CERN particle accelerator was possible due to cryogenics and superconductivity technology.  

In this course, you will learn the properties of materials at low temperatures and the engineering properties of superconducting conductors. We will discuss the basic operation of cryocoolers and superconducting systems. The lectures will be intertwined with practical sessions on low temperature experimental techniques, among others, two-phase boiling curve measurement and critical current measurement of the superconducting materials. 

Would you like to discover this fascinating world of cold temperatures, learn about superconductivity and its extraordinary properties? Then we invite you to take part in our course on applied cryogenic and superconductivity.

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Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, the participant should be able to:

Finally recognize the emerging, new applications of high-current superconductors; After attending this training session, the participants will

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Applied Cryogenics and Superconductivity

Day
Lunch: ExploreU
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Do not miss the chance to try the VR Parachuting experience!

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 15-08
Introduction to cryogenic materials and fluid properties
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Vacuum experiments and theory, visit to helium liquefier
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 17-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Experiments with cryocooler
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some discussion and exercises on the topic.

Beach volleyball tournament & DJ
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Breakfast & Inspiration
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Cryocoolers introduction
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tue. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Summer sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Cryogenic instrumentation
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 15-08
Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Lunch: Artist for a day
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know the different student teams of our university.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 15-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 14-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

During this evening activity you can join our lean simulation game, dungeons and dragons and many more!

Experiments on HTS material characterization in liquid nitrogen
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 22-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Lecture on superconductivity in fusion, ITER and “small fusion”
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 21-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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CuriousU Closing Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2022 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Characterization of HTS coil in liquid nitrogen
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Lunch: Dutch Olympic Games
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a sand castle competition and a graffiti workshop!

Lunch: Cherishing Moments
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Guest lecture by Herman ten Kate: Magnet technology at CERN
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 22-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 14-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Cryogenic cooking
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Introduction to technical superconductors
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Thu. 18-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Dinner & Barbecue
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Thu. 18-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast. 

Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Experiments on quench, current limitation, transport current
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tue. 23-08

Have a breakfast first.

Guest lecture by Phillippe Lebrun (CERN) - Helium cryogenics
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine. Enjoy our dance workshop too!

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tue. 23-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Music night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tue. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Free day
Time:08:15 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 20-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Stand Up Comedy
Time:20:00 - 22:30
Day:Mon. 15-08
Lecture on electrical applications of superconductors, transformers, cables, fault current limiters, aviation
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Course details

Date: 14-23 August 2022 (on campus)
Course level: Intermediate/advanced.
Target audience: This course is suitable for BSc students with a background in either mechanical engineering, (applied) physics or electrical engineering, who have a special interest in low temperature science and technology
Requirements: English language proficiency is one of the requirements for all CuriousU courses and a minimum level of B1 is required to be able to follow the course sufficiently.
Credits: 2 ECTS credits for successfully completing the summer school

Course leaders

dr. S. Vanapalli (Srini)
Associate Professor
dr.ir. A.U. Kario (Anna)
Assistant Professor

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