María de los Reyes Rodríguez Sánchez

Contact Information
Office: 1.1.D.12.C
Phone: +34 91 624 6034
Position: Teaching assistant



    • 2005 – 2010: Mechanical Engineering (Carlos III University of Madrid).
    • 2011 – 2012: Thermal Engineering and Fluid Mechanics Master (Carlos III University of Madrid).
    • 2012 – 2015: PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Carlos III University of Madrid).

PhD Thesis
On the Design of Solar External Receivers





Solar receivers

  • Numerical simulations for the thermal, mechanical and hydrodynamic optimization of molten salt solar receivers for solar power tower (SPT).
  • Development of new design of molten salt solar receivers:
    • Concentric and eccentric bayonet receivers.
    • Variable velocity receivers
  • Optimization of the global SPT performance:
    • Supercritical SPT
    • PERS
    • Distric cooling
  • Estimation of the incident flux on central receivers
  • Aging of the absorber material: evolution of the thermo-radiative properties
  • Molten salt experimental loop
Experimental loop

Thermal engineering.


  • 2010: Indra, Department of Energy (Madrid, Spain).
  • 2010 – Present: Carlos III University, Department of Thermal Engineering and Fluid Mechanics (Madrid, Spain).



March-June 2015 & May-August 2016


 Journal Publications

Thermodynamic and economic assessment of a new generation of subcritical and supercritical solar power towers.
Energy, In press, Available online 29 Oct 2016.
M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, A. Sánchez-González, P.A. González-Gómez, C. Marugán-Cruz, D. Santana.

Experimental study of honeycomb SiCSi under highly concentrated solar flux: Evolution of its thermo-radiative properties.
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 155 (2016) 253-563.
M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, D. Santana, G. Olalde.

Flow patterns of external solar receivers.
Solar Energy 122 (2015) 940–953.
M.R. Rodriguez-Sanchez, A. Sanchez-Gonzalez, C. Marugan-Cruz, D. Santana.

Revised receiver efficiency of molten-salt power towers.
Renewable & sustainable energy reviews. 52 (2015) 1331-1339.
M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, A. Sánchez-González, D. Santana.

District cooling network connected to a solar power tower.
Applied Thermal Engineering, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, 2015.
C. Marugan-Cruz; S. Sanchez-Delgado; M.R. Rodriguez-Sanchez; M. Venegas, D. Santana.

Saving assessment using the PERS in solar power towers.
Energy Conversion and Management 87, 810-819, 2014.
M.R. Rodriguez-Sanchez, A. Sanchez-Gonzalez, C. Marugan-Cruz, D. Santana.

Comparison of Simplified Heat Transfer Models and CFD Simulations for Molten Salt External Receiver.
Applied Thermal Engineering 73, 991-1003,2014.
M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, C. Marugan-Cruz, A. Acosta-Iborra, D. Santana.

Thermal design guidelines of solar power towers.
AppliedThermalEngineering 63, 428-438, 2014.
M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, A. Soria-Verdugo, J.A. Almendros-Ibáñez, A. Acosta-Iborra, D. Santana.

Conference Proceedings

Variable Velocity in Solar External Receivers.
SolarPACES 2016.
M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, A. Sánchez-González, A. Acosta-Iborra, D. Santana

New Designs of Molten-salt Tubular-receiver for Solar Power Tower Plants.
SolarPACES 2013, EnergyProcedia 49, 504-513, 2014.
M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, A. Sanchez-Gonzalez, C. Marugán-Cruz, D. Santana.

District cooling using central tower power plant.
SolarPACES 2013: EnergyProcedia 49, 1800-1809, 2014.
C. Marugán-Cruz, S. Sánchez-Delgadoa, M.R. Rodríguez-Sáncheza, M. Venegas.

Nuevo diseño de receptores para centrales termosolares tipo torre: receptor bayoneta.
Proceeding of CENIT 08, 2013.
M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, M. Venegas, C. Marugan-Cruz, D. Santana.

Thermal, mechanical and hydrodynamic analysis to optimize the design of molten salt central receivers of solar tower power plants.
Proceedings of ICREPQ’13, 2013.
M. R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, M. Venegas, C. Marugan-Cruz, D. Santana.

PERS – Potential Energy Recovery System.
Proceedings of SolarPACES 2012.
R. Wiesenberg, M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, E. Serrano, J. Villa, H.Barroso, D. Rayo, A. Ruano, D. Santana.