Dr. Minerva Díaz Heras



Phone:+34 916248364

Email: midiazh@ing.uc3m.es

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7539-672X

Position: phD Researcher Margarita Salas



  • PhD in Sciences and Technologies Applied to Industrial Engineering| University of Castilla-La Mancha, 2020.
  • University Master’s Degree in Teaching Training for Secundary Education, Baccalaureate, Vocational Training and Language Teaching | University of Castilla-La Mancha, 2019.
  • Master in Industrial Engineering | University of Castilla-La Mancha, 2016.
  • Mechanical Engineering | University of Castilla-La Mancha, 2014.


Fluidized beds, characterization of solid particles, Thermal energy storage systems, solar energy, CPFD simulations, powder rheology.


Thermal engineering; thermodynamic; Fluid mechanics; Pneumatic systems.

PhD Thesis: Fluidized beds with concentrated solar radiation






  • Díaz-Heras, M., Belmonte, J. F., & Almendros-Ibáñez, J. A. (2022). Experimental observations on directly irradiated conical spouted and spout-fluid beds. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science130, 110488.
  • Díaz-Heras, M., Córcoles, J. I., Belmonte, J. F., & Almendros-Ibáñez, J. A. (2021). 3D numerical simulation of a directly irradiated bubbling fluidized bed with SiC particles. Applied Thermal Engineering190, 116812.
  • Díaz-Heras, M., Belmonte, J. F., & Almendros-Ibáñez, J. A. (2021). Experimental observations on directly irradiated fluidized beds: Even and uneven fluidization. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science120, 110242.
  • Belmonte, J. F., Díaz-Heras, M., Almendros-Ibáñez, J. A., & Cabeza, L. F. (2022). Simulated performance of a solar-assisted heat pump system including a phase-change storage tank for residential heating applications: A case study in Madrid, Spain. Journal of Energy Storage47, 103615.
  • Díaz-Heras, M., Barreneche, C., Belmonte, J. F., Calderón, A., Fernández, A. I., & Almendros-Ibáñez, J. A. (2020). Experimental study of different materials in fluidized beds with a beam-down solar reflector for CSP applications. Solar Energy211, 683-699.
  • Díaz-Heras, M., Calderón, A., Navarro, M., Almendros-Ibañez, J. A., Fernández, A. I., & Barreneche, C. (2021). Characterization and testing of solid particles to be used in CSP plants: Aging and fluidization tests. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells219, 110793.
  • Díaz-Heras, M., Belmonte, J. F., & Almendros-Ibáñez, J. A. (2020). Effective thermal conductivities in packed beds: Review of correlations and its influence on system performance. Applied Thermal Engineering171, 115048.
  • Díaz-Heras, M., Moya, J. D., Belmonte, J. F., Córcoles-Tendero, J. I., Molina, A. E., & Almendros-Ibáñez, J. A. (2020). CSP on fluidized particles with a beam-down reflector: Comparative study of different fluidization technologies. Solar Energy200, 76-88.
  • Almendros-Ibáñez, J. A., Fernández-Torrijos, M., Díaz-Heras, M., Belmonte, J. F., & Sobrino, C. (2019). A review of solar thermal energy storage in beds of particles: Packed and fluidized beds. Solar Energy192, 193-237.