Carolina Marugán Cruz

Contact information
Office: 1.1.D.12 (A)
Phone: +34 91 624 9913
email: cmarugan @

Carolina Marugán-Cruz started her mechanical engineering studies at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and continued her studies in the INSA de Lyon during 2001-2002. After obtaining her degree in 2004 at Carlos III, she obtained her PhD in Mathematical Engineering in 2008, under the supervision of Carlos Martínez-Bazán and Javier Rodríguez-Rodríguez. She has complemented her formation with various stays at the University of Monash in Melbourne, University of Jaen (Spain), at UCSD in San Diego and at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Carolina’s main research has been focused on:
- Concentrated solar power; molten salts.
- Dynamics of laminar jets with different jet-to-ambient density ratio and the dynamics of vortex formation.
- Dynamics of Fluidized bed
- Ultrasound interaction with microbbubles (Ultrasound Contrast Agents)
- Dynamics and characterization and conversion techniques of biomass fuels.
- Energy conversion systems.

Her work has been experimental and numerical.

Over the last years Carolina has taught fluid mechanics courses for undergraduate engineering students, along with advanced graduate courses in experimental techniques and computational fluid dynamics. She has also coordinated laboratory sessions in various fluid dynamics related courses, and taught CFD computer labs using the commercial software Fluent and Gambit.


C. Marugán-Cruz, S. Sánchez-Delgado, M. R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, M. Venegas, D. Santana. District cooling network connected to a solar power tower. Applied Thermal Engineering, 79, 174-183 (2015)

D. García-Serrano, S. Sánchez-Delgado, C. Sobrino, C. Marugán-Cruz. Defluidization and agglomeration of a fluidized bed reactor during Cynara Cardunculus L. gasification using Sepiolite as bed material. Fuel Processing Technology, 131, 338-347 (2015)

L. M. García-Gutiérrez, A. Soria-Verdugo, C. Marugán-Cruz, U. Ruiz-Rivas. Simulation and experimental study on the motion of non-reacting objects in the freeboard of a fluidized bed. Powder Technology, 263, 112-120

M. R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, A. Sánchez-González, C. Marugán-Cruz, D. Santana. Saving assesment using the PERS in solar power towers. Energy Conversion and Management, 87, 810-819 (2014)

M. R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, C. Marugán-Cruz, A. Acosta-Iborra, D. Santana. Comparison of Simplified Heat Transfer Models and CFD simulations for molten salt external receiver. Applied Thermal Engineering, 73, 991-1003 (2014)

C. Marugán-Cruz, J. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, C. Martínez-Bazán. Formation regimes of vortex rings in negatively buoyant starting jets. J. Fluid Mech. 716, 470-486 (2013)

P. Martínez-Legazpi, J. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, C. Marugán-Cruz, J.C. Lasheras. Plunging to spilling transition in corner surface waves in the wake of partially submerged vertical plate. Experiments in Fluids, 54, 1427-1448 (2013)

S. Sánchez-Delgado, C. Marugán-Cruz, A. Acosta-Iborra, D. Santana. Dense phase velocity fluctuation in a 2-D fluidized bed. Powder Technology, 200, 37-45, 2010.

D. Peinado, M. de Vega, N. García-Hernando, C. Marugán-Cruz. Energy and Exergy analysis in an asphalt plant’s rotary dryer. Applied Thermal Engineering, 31, 1039-1049. (2011).

J. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, C. Marugán-Cruz, A. Aliseda, J.C. Lasheras. Dynamics of large turbulent structures in a steady breaker. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 35, 301-310 (2011).

S. Sánchez-Delgado, C. Marugán-Cruz, A. Acosta-Iborra, D. Santana-Santana. Dense-phase velocity fluctuation in a 2D fluidized bed. Powder Technology, 200, 37-45. (2010)

C. Marugán-Cruz, J. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, C. Martínez-Bazán. Negatively buoyant starting jets. Physics of Fluids, Vol 21(11), 1-44. (2009).

G. Pawlak, C. Marugán-Cruz, C. Martínez-Bazán. Experimental characterization of starting jet dynamics. Fluid dynamics research, Vol. 39, 711-730. (2007).

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