I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Physics at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain, followed by a master’s degree in Nanoscience at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. In my last year of MSc I had the chance to work on my thesis “Degradation of metals and coatings at high temperatures” at Haldor Topsøe A/S, which sparked my interest on coatings and surface protection. With that aim in mind, I am currently pursuing my PhD through the IMPaCT Doctoral Training Centre at the University Of Nottingham, under the supervision of Dr. Tanvir Hussain.
The need for more efficient and environmental-friendly gas turbine engines has always been the driving force for the increase of operating gas temperatures. To accommodate such conditions, novel materials that can withstand high temperatures, mechanical stresses and corrosion attach are being explored. A promising group of materials are Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) which possess the required toughness and creep resistance. To prevent the development of undesired corrosion-related species, Environmental Barrier Coatings (EBCs) are being applied.
The aim of this project is to develop, characterise and test EBCs produced through the use of novel thermal spraying deposition techniques, gaining a deeper understanding of the foundations. Two main techniques will be considered, namely Suspension High Velocity Oxy-Fuel (SHVOF) and Suspension Atmospheric Plasma Spraying (SPS).