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     Date Submitted:18-06-2014
     Last Modified:07-07-2014 (08:09)
    Job information
     Current job:Stress Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsStructural Fatigue Engineer Structure Test Engineer Material Test Engineer


    Atkins Nedtech B.V.                                        2012 – Present                               Hoofddorp, Netherlands

    Stress Engineer

    Airbus A380 flap track fairing vibration project:

    ·         Performed stress calculation and subsequent fatigue and damage tolerance analysis of several metallic movable structures. Ensured the design of different components met the operational requirements of the client, resulting in approval for complete design review stage.

    ·         Developed Perl and VBA/Excel Macro tools for fatigue and damage tolerance analysis of metallic structures. Automated the calculation process, minimizing human errors and resulting in a reduction of about 80% in computation time.

    ·         Developed Python tools for fatigue and damage tolerance analysis of metallic structures, contributing for the implementation of an integrated framework based on Lean methodologies.

    ·         Wrote and validated justification reports for the analysed structures. Ensured all documentation was correct and met the required aerospace quality standards, resulting in successful delivery of the complete work package for the certification of the flap track components.


    Fatigue and damage tolerance material investigation:

    Secondment in Airbus Operations - Oct. 2013 to Dec. 2013 (Bremen, Germany)

    ·         Performed fatigue and damage tolerance analysis of metallic components with manufacturing defects for the A320/321, A330/340 and A380 programmes. Ensured that calculations were correct and the information was the most up-to-date, resulting in the successful and timely delivery of all documentation for the airworthiness approval of the affected components.

    ·         Provided direct support to the client on the resolution of time-sensitive issues, contributing to strengthen the relationship between the client and the company.


    Knowledge Centre WMC                                  2011 – 2012                             Wieringerwerf, Netherlands

    Research Scientist

    Composite materials under extreme conditions project:

    ·         Performed static and fatigue tests up to failure under extreme conditions. Researched about the temperature effects on the behaviour of composites for wind turbine blades, contributing to the expansion of the material OptiDAT database.

    ·         Built an adaptive climate chamber from insulating foam boards, enabling the laboratory with a setup equipped for the execution of mechanical tests under pre-defined environmental conditions.


    ·         Prepared specimens for several test programmes. Ensured the necessary strain gauges were installed and the terminal cables were soldered, contributing to the extraction of reliable test data.

    ·         Operated several hydraulic machines for different static and fatigue tests up to failure on composite materials, contributing for the successful delivery of results to industrial clients.

    ·         Performed static and fatigue tests on composite materials according to several different international standards, increasing the project delivery capability of the laboratory.


    Structural health monitoring system for sub-components project:

    ·         Developed a Python tool to predict the speed of ultrasonic waves in composite laminates, ensuring the results matched the predictions obtained with the model created during the MSc thesis.

    Delft University of Technology                        2011                                                        Delft, Netherlands

    Guest Researcher

    Master thesis:

    ·         Engineered and installed an experimental system based on the ultrasonic Lamb wave method in order to inspect low-energy impact damage on thin composite plates. Operated the tuned setup, obtaining a valid diagnostic of the induced damages, and successfully verifying the effectiveness of the method.

    ·         Validated the ultrasonic Lamb wave method by comparison with digital Shearography, ultrasonic C-scan and optical microscope observations, revealing strong consistency in the results, and allowing the definition of the detection threshold for the tested material.



    ·         MSc Degree in Aerospace Engineering – Specialization in Aircraft                                     2009 – 2011

    Instituto Superior Técnico

    ·         Erasmus exchange program                                                                                            2010 – 2011

    Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology

    ·         BSc Degree in Aerospace Engineering                                                                             2006 - 2009

    Instituto Superior Técnico



    Programming: C, MATLAB, Python, Perl and VBA

    Modelling and simulation: SolidWorks, ANSYS, Patran, AFGROW, Vallen Dispersion, DATIG and ISAMI

    Software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point) and PicoScope 6



    Ultrasonic Lamb wave method

    Digital Shearography (basics)

    C-Scan (basics)

    Several Instron, MTS, Zwick and Schenck hydraulic machines for mechanical testing



    Portuguese - Mother tongue

    English - Fluent speaking, writing and reading

    French - Fair writing and reading, good speaking

    Spanish - Fair writing, good reading and speaking

    Italian - Fair writing and reading, good speaking

    Dutch - Basic writing, fair reading and speaking



    Ochôa, Pedro; Infante, Virgínia; Silva, J. M. and Groves, Roger M., “Detection of multiple low-energy impact damage in composite plates using Lamb wave techniques”. Proceedings XIII Portuguese Conference on Fracture, 2nd and 3rd February 2012, Coimbra, Portugal



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