D. De la Cuesta de Cal (Daniel)

PhD Candidate

About Me

Currently a PhD candidate within the NETMNF project (A novel thermosiphon-like cooling system based on magnetocaloric nanofluids) focusing on the numerical modelling of a magnetic refrigeration system based on the magnetocaloric effect.

Originally from A Coruña (Galicia, Spain), I graduated in Industrial Enginering (Ingeniería Industrial) at Universidade de Vigo (BSc and MSc) focusing on Mechanical and Thermal Engineering, including the completion of a Master Thesis in refrigeration technology at Hochschule Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, Germany).

I worked for two years as research assistant at the Energy Technology group (GTE) at the Universidade de Vigo, developing CFD code for the modelling of biomass combustion in domestic boilers. I also carried out research about biomass gasification modelling for 4 months at the Fraunhofer Institut in Magdeburg, Germany.

In may 2017 and after two years working at HoSt Bio-energy Installations in Enschede (the Netherlands) in collaboration with the Thermal Engineering group of the Universiteit Twente, I graduated as PDEng with a project about the design and optimisation of a large-scale biomass furnace using CFD simulations. Later, in september same year, I started in my current position as PhD candidate.


Also, and most importantly, a Real Club Deportivo de A Coruña minor shareholder and lifetime supporter.


Computational Fluid Dynamics
Fluidized Beds
Heat Transfer


My area of research focuses on the numerical modelling and Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation of heat and mass transfer systems, both in combustion and refrigeration technologies. My main interest lies in the development of numerical tools in order to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energies.


Gómez, M. A., Porteiro, J., De la Cuesta de Cal, D., Patiño, D., & Míguez, J. L. (2017). Dynamic simulation of a biomass domestic boiler under thermally thick considerations. Energy conversion and management, 140, 260-272. DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2017.03.006
Gómez, M. A., Porteiro, J., De la Cuesta de Cal, D., Patiño, D., & Míguez, J. L. (2016). Numerical simulation of the combustion process of a pellet-drop-feed boiler. Fuel, 184, 987-999. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2015.11.082
De la Cuesta de Cal, D., Gómez, M. Á., Porteiro, J., Febrero, L., Granada, E., & Arce, E. (2014). CFD analysis of a TG–DSC apparatus: Application to the indium heating and phase change process. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 118(2), 641-650. DOI: 10.1007/s10973-014-3734-2

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Assistant lecturer in the Transport Phenomena course (for Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technology Master students).

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Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring (building no. 21), room N226
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring  N226
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands