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Federico Scurti

Assistant Professor


  • Nuclear Engineering

231 Hallowell Building





  • Musical Diploma, Classical Guitar, Musical Conservatory Luisa D'Annunzio, 2010
  • Bachelors of Science in Energy Engineering, Energy Engineering, University of Bologna, 2011
  • Masters of Science in Energy and Nuclear Engineering, Energy and Nuclear Engineering, University of Bologna, 2014
  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2019


Journal Articles

  • Federico Scurti, Chris Velez, Amanda Kelly, Sasha Ishmael and Justin Schwartz, 2023, "In-field strain and temperature measurements in a (RE) Ba2Cu3O7-x coil via Rayleigh-backscattering Interrogated Optical Fibers", Smart Materials and Structures
  • Federico Scurti, JD Weiss, DC Van Der Laan and J Schwartz, 2021, "SMART conductor on round core (CORC\textregistered) wire via integrated optical fibers", Superconductor Science and Technology, 34, (3), pp. 035026
  • DC Van Der Laan, JD Weiss, Federico Scurti and J Schwartz, 2020, "CORC\textregistered wires containing integrated optical fibers for temperature and strain monitoring and voltage wires for reliable quench detection", Superconductor Science and Technology, 33, (8), pp. 085010
  • Amira Barhoumi Meddeb, Inseok Chae, Federico Scurti, Justin Schwartz, Seong H Kim and Zoubeida Ounaies, 2020, "From a cholesteric non-aqueous cellulose nanocrystal suspension to a highly ordered film", MRS Advances, 5, (64), pp. 3547--3554
  • MJ Wang, WT Wang, Lucy Liu, Federico Scurti, YD Xia, BL Huo, X Yang and Y Zhao, 2018, "Effects of chemical etching on structure and properties of Y0. 5Gd0. 5Ba2Cu3O7-z coated conductors", Ceramics International, 44, (13), pp. 15572--15578
  • Federico Scurti, John McGarrahan and Justin Schwartz, 2017, "Effects of metallic coatings on the thermal sensitivity of optical fiber sensors at cryogenic temperatures", Optical Materials Express, 7, (6), pp. 1754--1766
  • Federico Scurti, Srivatsan Sathyamurthy, Martin Rupich and Justin Schwartz, 2017, "Self-monitoring ‘SMART’(RE) Ba2Cu3O7- x conductor via integrated optical fibers", Superconductor Science and Technology, 30, (11), pp. 114002
  • Federico Scurti, S Ishmael, G Flanagan and J Schwartz, 2016, "Quench detection for high temperature superconductor magnets: a novel technique based on Rayleigh-backscattering interrogated optical fibers", Superconductor Science and Technology, 29, (3), pp. 03LT01
  • Marco Breschi, Pier Luigi Ribani, Federico Scurti, Arend Nijhuis, Hugo Bajas and Arnaud Devred, 2015, "Electromechanical modeling of Nb3Sn superconducting wires subjected to periodic bending strain", IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond., 25, (3)

Conference Proceedings

  • Matthew Leoschke, Chris Balbier, Saya Lee and Federico Scurti, 2023, "Fiber Optic Flow Meter for High Temperature Corrosive Nuclear Environments", Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH) by ANS
  • S Derek Rountree, Ohanian, O John, Andrew Boulanger, Daniel Kominsky, Matthew Davis, Mohan Wang, Kevin Chen, Amanda Leong, Jinsuo Zhang, Federico Scurti and others, 2021, "Multi-parameter fiber optic sensing for harsh nuclear environments", 11739, pp. 63--82
  • Federico Scurti and Justin Schwartz, 2017, "Optical fiber distributed sensing for high temperature superconductor magnets", pp. 1--4

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