Postgraduate researcher, Ph.D Candidate

Education

2014 - MRes in Civil Engineering, Universidade da Coruña, Spain

2013 - BSc-MSc in Civil Engineering, Universidade da Coruña, Spain

2013 - Puentes Award, granted by Grupo Puentes to the best MSc project in structural design.

2013 - Extraordinary Award, granted by Universidade da Coruña.

Work Experience

  • 2012-2014 Civil Engineering Research Fellow at GME (Structural Mechanics Group), School of Civil Engineering, Universidade da Coruña, Spain

  • 2011 Project Manager Assistant at Ferrol-San Cibrao Port Authority

Current Research

Significant effort is currently being invested in the development of efficient, manoeuvrable Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). A common trend is to take inspiration from nature in order to develop novel solutions to this problem, as for example the use of membrane wings in a similar fashion to bats' wings. My research aims to investigate the behaviour of membrane wings immersed in low-Reynolds number flows. This implies the achievement of a deep understanding of the complex interactions that arise from the flow-driven deformations on the membrane, and the effects that they induce on the flow in accordance. This phenomenon is to be studied by means of a computational Fluid-Structure interaction solver, which must be developed making use of the most adequate state-of-the-art methods for the particular problem.

Contact

Department of Aeronautics,
Room 363A, Roderic Hill Building,
Imperial College, South Kensington Campus,
Prince Consort Road,
London SW7 2AZ 

Tel: +44 (0)20 759 45119

E-mail: r.sanchez-fernandez14@imperial.ac.uk