Liquid Metal Magnetohydrodynamics

Please enroll with this key: 2023LM    

AAF - 3 CFU. This course is aimed at undergraduate (MSc) and graduate (PhD) students and is designed as an introduction to magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), a field which combines the challenges of both classic fluid mechanics and electromagnetism. The focus is on the particular MHD phenomena arising in liquid metals, which are important fluids for technical applications ranging from metallurgy to nuclear reactor engineering. The course provides a solid theoretical background starting from the derivation of the MHD governing equations. Insights on microscopic and macroscopic effects caused by the MHD flow regime are obtained by the study of simplified problems and the analysis of technical challenges encountered in the design of industrial components. Basic understanding of electromagnetism, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer is required. Lectures and study material are provided in English.