ESR 15 – Iñigo Urcelay Oca, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy As, Denmark

Inigo Urcelay Oca gained his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid (Spain) in 2017, which included a brief internship at Airbus Defence & Space on the retrofit and maintenance of A400M aircraft. The next step was a MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands), specialising in Aerospace Structures. The degree was obtained in early 2020 after a period which included an internship at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Braunschweig (Germany) on modelling the additive manufacturing of composite materials, and another internship at ATG Europe Spacelabs in Noordwijk (The Netherlands) working on thermoelastic analysis for space missions. The MSc thesis was focused on the improvement of the blind simulation of delamination in co-cured composite aerospace structures. In particular, the experimental determination of the fracture toughness in coupons to then be used as parameters in the simulation of one structural component, a component employed to study post-buckling in stiffened panels such as those found in the fuselage structure of aircraft.
Currently, Inigo works as an Early Stage Researcher at Siemens Gamesa in Aalborg (Denmark), within the framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network DyViirt. He will focus on the modelling of damage evolution in composite turbine blades.