ESAC internship

I spent six months working in the European Space Astronomy Centre, located in Madrid. My research there consisted of simulating stellar wind collision in a binary star system consisting of a Wolf-Rayet star and an O-type star under the supervision of Andy Pollock. No papers came out of it, but there are some movies of the simulations I made. For the purpose I used Athena, a parallel compressible CFD/MHD code which is freely available, and did some post-processing using IDL.


Rocket launch

LEEM

During my undergraduate studies at the University of Sevilla, I was a member of LEEM, a student association for Aerospace undergraduates interested in space and microgravity. During the time there, among other things we took part in a CanSat competition, taking third place. We opted for a ram-chute type CanSat, which would deploy a parachute, and using GPS signals would steer itself to the desired spot. It was designed from scratch using AutoCad for the structure and KiCad for the circuit boards. A dsPIC microchip was used, which was programmed in C. The control system was developed in MatLab. This provided me with my first opportunity to do a real engineering proyect with a large team.

Unfortunately, I did not remain long enough in Sevilla to continue in LEEM. We planned on building a CubeSat, but it never took off due to lack of funding and coordination. Even then, we had a fun time making and launching rockets.

Plasma boundary layer control

For my MSc thesis in Cranfield University, I attempted to model aerodynamic flow control in the boundary layer of an aerofoil by plasma actuators. The model developed was based on a plasma capacitor, and was implemented as a C addition to Fluent. Simulations were then run on Fluent using both steady and unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes on a NACA0012. A paper didn't come out of there, but I won the Departamental prize for best MSc Thesis.