PhD: Mondragon University, Spain
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Dr. Aitor Cruzado completed his studies as Industrial Engineering in Mondragon University (2008). In 2007-2008 he was awarded with the Erasmus practices grant, for the development the Industrial Engineering final project in BAM (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing ), located in Berlin. During this period, he worked around the tribological characterization of the fretting phenomenon in thin steel wires.
In September 2008, he joined Mechanical behaviour and Product design Department at the University of Mondragon, where he started his PhD entitled ‘Finite Element Modelling and Experimental Validation of Fretting Wear in Thin Steel Wires’. His PhD thesis was based on the development wear simulation models for the prediction fretting wear in the wire ropes thin steel wires used in elevators. This simulation tool is currently used by Mondragon University and Orona lift company for increasing the knowledge about fretting in thin steel wires and therefore to improve the new generation wire rope systems. During this period he performed a stage in the University of Galway for developing a finite element model of fretting wear induced multiaxial stress state on the fatigue life prediction in thin steel wires. This work presented a finite element prediction methodology, which combines a FE wear model and a critical-plane fatigue damage accumulation approach, for the prediction fretting wear induced cracks in thin steel wires.
The first of February of 2013 he obtained the degree of PhD in Industrial Engineering with the ‘Doctor Europeus’ mention in the University of Mondragon. Dr. Aitor Cruzado has published several papers in SCI journals and has made some contributions to both national and international conferences.
Nowadays he works as research associate in IMDEA Materials Institute for the Crystal Plasticity Finite Element modelling of the static and fatigue behaviour of polycrystalline Ni-based superalloys used in the aeronautic industry.