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Gonzalo García Luna

PhD researcher, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

After my 4-year degree in Aerospace Engineering with and specialisation in aeroengines in Madrid and a long stay in Germany for research associated with experimental testing of aeroengines in wind tunnels, I completed my studies with a Master in Composite Materials while working for FIDAMC, one of the most prestigious companies for applied manufacturing research of CFRP components for the aerospace industry and Airbus, as composite material researcher and manufacturing engineer.

Now, jumping back on the field of aerospace propulsion, I am carrying out an investigation of new ceramic-based composite materials for high temperature applications funded by Rolls-Royce with a major focus on material characterisation after machining and development of special tooling for industry.

Expertise Summary

My background is based on firm knowledge of material science generally and composite materials in particular, as well as deep understanding manufacturing technologies with a especial interest in conventional and non-conventional machining techniques

Teaching Summary

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), my teaching experience combines leading seminars in advanced manufacturing and design technologies for last year undergraduates and postgraduates, as well… read more

Research Summary

A new generation of advanced ceramic-based composite materials have been identified as a key material system for improving aircraft performance. They offer low density, high strength and stiffness,… read more

Recent Publications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), my teaching experience combines leading seminars in advanced manufacturing and design technologies for last year undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as participation in practical laboratory demonstrations on material science for undergraduates.

By pursuing a career in Academia, I am very enthusiastic about any teaching activity related to ceramic and composite materials, micromechanics, and machining and manufacturing technologies.

Current Research

A new generation of advanced ceramic-based composite materials have been identified as a key material system for improving aircraft performance. They offer low density, high strength and stiffness, and superior environmental resistance. However, due to its heterogeneous nature as a result of different reinforcement orientations combined with extreme hardness and brittleness, these material are considered among the most difficult to machine.

The purpose of the project is to understand and predict the behaviour of these Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) under machining conditions. The ultimate goal in my project is to design and manufacture an engineering grinding wheel with a controlled arrangement of the abrasive grains specifically optimised for finishing operations on Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs).

Past Research

My research in industry (FIDAMC) was focus on advance manufacturing techniques of lay-up of CFRP components for Airbus

Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group

The University of Nottingham
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD



email:AdvManufacturing@nottingham.ac.uk