Wan Kan Chan


Dr. Wan Kan Chan
Research Associate

Contact Information

Email: wchan@ncsu.edu
Phone: (919) 515-1418
Location: 3076D EB I

 Educational Information

  • Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics, Florida State University, 2007
  • M.S. in Mathematics, California State University, Long Beach
  • B.S. in Control Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Wan Kan’s interests include development of new computational methods and models for simulation of physical phenomena in superconducting devices; quench detection and protection systems; design optimization; parameter estimation and their numerical methods.

Wan Kan leads the computational team of Schwartz  research group. His primary work focuses on developing  three-dimensional multiphysics models coupled with electromagnetics, thermal, mechanics and electric circuits for quench, structural integrity and AC loss analyses in superconducting composite conductors and devices. He is also involves in developing a fiber optic based distributed temperature sensing technology for quench detection and protection; and performing design analyses for a novel high energy superconducting magnetic energy storage device. His other research interests include multi-objective design optimization, inverse problem for parameter identification and advanced computational methods for applications in the field of superconductivity.


  • Q. Le, W.K. Chan, J. Schwartz, “Two-dimensional peridynamic simulation of the effect of defects on the mechanical behavior of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox round wires“, Superconductor Science and Technology, accepted for publication, 2014.
  • Q. Le, W.K. Chan, J. Schwartz, “A two-dimensional ordinary, state-based peridynamics model for linearly elastic solids“, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol. 98, no. 8, pp. 547-561, 2014.
  • W. K. Chan, G. Flanagan, J. Schwartz, “Spatial and temporal resolution requirements for quench detection in (RE)Ba2Cu3OX magnets using Rayleigh-scattering-based fiber optic distributed sensing“, Superconductor Science and Technology, vol. 26, no. 10, p. 105015, 2013.
  • W. K. Chan, J. Schwartz, “A hierarchical, three-dimensional, multiscale electro-magneto-thermal model of quenching in REBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductor based coils“, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, vol. 22, no.5, p. 4706010, 2012.
  • W. K. Chan, J. Schwartz, “Three-Dimensional micrometer-scale modeling of qenching in high-aspect-ratio YBa2Cu3O7-d coated conductor tapes; Part II: Influence of geometric and material properties and implications for conductor engineering and magnet design“, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, vol. 21, pp. 3628-3634, 2011.
  • W. K. Chan, P. Masson, C. Luongo, J. Schwartz, “Three-dimensional micrometer-scale modeling of quenching in high aspect ratio YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductor tapes. Part I: Model development and validation“, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity,vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 2370-2380, 2010.
  • W. K. Chan, J. Schwartz, P. Masson, C. Luongo, “The 3D mixed-dimensional quench model of a high aspect ratio high temperature superconducting coated conductor tape“, COMSOL Conference 2010.
  • W. K. Chan, P. Masson, C. Luongo, J. Schwartz, “Influence of inter-layer contact resistances on quench propagation in YBa2Cu3Ox coated conductors“, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 2490-2495, 2009.