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     Date Submitted:11-09-2018
     Last Modified:11-09-2018 (05:33)
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     Current job:Spacecraft Platform System Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsESATAN, Thermal, System, DOORS, Propulsion, Platform, Mission, MATLAB, Simulink, ANSYS, CFD, Design, ECSS

    Aeronautical Engineer with over 8 years of experience as Project Engineer and Satellites Systems Engineer in SENER with in-depth knowledge of all phases of ESA and Commercial projects lifecycle focusing in strategic development and problem solving.

    Working as Satellites System Engineer since December 2014 involved in all critical areas (Propulsion, Thermal, Power, Mass, Structural Loads ...). Experience in the use of ECSS standards and the definition and management of system requirements with DOORS. Experience with ESATAN and SYSTEMA software

    Professional experience in meshing and CFD (Gambit, ICEM CFD, ANSYS Fluent, CFD + +, OpenFoam) as well as design and implementation of in-house software for specific applications (analysis of unsteady flow of real gases in pipes, analysis of graphite storage systems for thermal energy, plume impingement, spacecraft mission simulator …).


    Professional Experience:

    2014-actually: Aerospace Systems Engineer. SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, Spain.

    Systems Engineer in charge of Propulsion and Thermal Control subsystems of PROBA-3 ESA Spacecraft mission and providing support to all the System Engineering tasks:

    · Thermal Control (at System level with top level models and also detailed models and calculations with ESATAN)

    · Power & Energy budgets and interface with TCS

    · Mass budget

    · Mission analysis

    · Plume impingement

    · Definition of System Use Cases

    · Cold Gas Propulsion

    · Monopropellant Propulsion

    · Outgassing Analysis (with Systema)

    · Participating in subsystem and units reviews (PDR/CDR/MRR/TRR)

    · Trade-offs of different engineering solutions at System and Subsystems level


    2012-2014: External Consultant for the Fluid Dynamics section. SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, Spain.


    Determination of the pressure waves generated during the crossing of two trains both in open field conditions and inside a tunnel. Validation of the developed code with experimental results.


    CFD analysis and design of a retention valve for a marine turbine.


    Technical support for the AB212 Helicopter refurbishment. Structural analysis of the new different components like antennas and different brackets of the fuel distributions system for the refurbishment of the helicopter.

    Waterhammer analysis for different projects:

    Termozulia III: Analysis of waterhammer effects for the refrigeration system of Termozulia III combined-cycle power plant in Venezuela.

    BP-Castellón: Surge analysis of the crude oil circuit from the new buoy field to the storage tanks.

    ZeeBrugge: Surge analysis of LNG circuit for the different operation modes of the plant (Discharge from ship to tanks, ship charge from plant and ship to ship) for the new Jetty 2 extension project.

    Ouarzazate: Surge analysis for the water refrigeration circuit of the 160MW termosolar parabolic trough plant.

    CVO: Surge analysis of the water refrigeration circuit of the Vuelta de Obligado 800MW Combined Cycle power plant in Argentina.


    2010-2012: Project Engineer inside Fluid Dynamics section. SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, Spain.

    R&D in multiple projects:

    AURÍGIDAS:Co-Development with CIDAUT of a new design of sleepers for high-speed railways to avoid the lifting ballast phenomenon. Co-author of the patent for this project

    LATERAL WIND Software Validation:Validation of the software developed by SENER for the analysis of the lateral wind effects ant the protection against it for high-speed railways. Determination of the parameters for the implementation of a lateral wind protection system for most of the spanish high-speed railways.

    HELSOLAR:Development of a thermal system analysis application for a new design of energy storage system based on graphite modules for thermo-solar power plants for the Department of Energy de EEUU.

    ASPIDS:Development of a protection device for Electro-Optical seekers based on the injection of a cold gas in a cavity created by a deployable sunshade. Co-author of the patent for this project

    TERMOZULIA III:Analysis of waterhammer effects for the refrigeration system of Termozulia III combined-cycle power plant built by SENER in Venezuela.

    IGNITION SIDE LOAD:Development of a system able to eliminate the side load present in launchers and missile nozzles during the ignition phase.

    THRUST VECTORING CONTROL:Development and analysis of new concepts of systems for thrust vectoring control on missile and launcher nozzles.

    AIR RELEASED MISSILE:Conceptual design of a small missile released from a UCAV (Unmanned combat air vehicle) and first approach analysis of the performances.


    2009-2010: Intern in Fluid Dynamics section. SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, Spain.

    Development and analysis of real gas systems for space propulsion, power plants, based on the method of characteristics.

    Development of software tools for thermo-dynamics and fluid-dynamics simulations.


    Education & Qualifications:

    2010: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos. U.P.M., Madrid, España.

    M.Sc. Degree in Space Engineering. Propulsion Specialization. Master thesis (October 2010): “Non-stationary real gas simulator development, analysis and design”. Thesis Grade (10/10)

    Language Skills:

    Spanish: Native

    English: Fluent. High level (reading, writing and speaking).

    French: Basic level (reading, writing and speaking).


    It Skills:

    Operative Systems: Windows, LINUX ; system administrator.

    Offimatics: MS Office (Excel proficiency , Word, Powerpoint, Visio...), Adobe suite, LaTeX;

    Programming: Matlab, VBA, QBasic, Fortran, Java.

    Other Specific Engineering software: ESATAN, CFD++, Fieldview, ANSYS FLUENT, ANSYS ICEM, GAMBIT, SolidEdge, Tecplot, OpenFOAM, Star-CCM+, CATIA, DOORS



    Aerodynamic High-Speed Railway Sleeper. Patent number. WO2013121069 (A2), 22/08/2013.

    Aeroheating Protection for a Missile Electro-Optical Seeker. Patent number: WO2012136239 (A1), 11/10/2012:

    Publications & presentations

    “Non-stationary real gas simulator development for OLEV propulsion systems analysis and design” (presentado en el congreso Space propulsion 2010 en San Sebastian, 2010), Autores: Pedro J. Herráiz, Manuel Rodríguez and Mercedes Ruiz.

    “IIR Sensor Aeroheating Blocking Devices for Trans-Atmospheric Interceptors” (presentado en la 7th Iternational Conference on Missile Defence en San Sebastian, 2011), Autores: Jorge Sancho, Pedro J. Herráiz, Rafael Rebolo, Manuel Rodríguez, Rafael Espinosa.

    “Predicción del boom sónico producido por trenes de alta velocidad en túneles” (presentado en el X Congreso de  Ingeniería del Transporte en Granada, 2012), Autores: Pedro J. Herráiz, Evangelino Garrido, Manuel Rodríguez, Pierre Huguenet.

    “Systems optimization of the SENER ASPIDS aero-heating blocking device for the IIR seeker of trans-atmospheric interceptors” (presentado en la 8th International Conference on Missile Defence en París, 2012), Autores Pedro J. Herráiz, Jorge Sancho.

    “Aerosleeper: a novel sleeper design to control ballast pick-up phenomena” (presentado en el International Workshop on Railway Aerodynamics en Bristol, 2013), Autores: Álvaro Mascaraque, Ezequiel González, Alejandro Izquierdo, Pedro J. Herraiz, Miguel Rodríguez-Plaza, Santiago del Blanco, Manuel Rodríguez, Benigno J. Lázaro.

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