Contact Dr Adriana Encinas-Oropesa

Areas of expertise

  • Design, Strategy & Innovation
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Power Systems & Turbines

Current activities

Dr Adriana Encinas-Oropesa is a Lecturer in Design and Materials in the Centre for Creative Competitive Design (C4D) within the School of Water, Energy and Environmental (SWEE).

Adriana’s research interests include the strategic development and evaluation of materials and methodologies as innovative solutions through a sustainable vision.

She holds an Industrial Design BSc from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico; an MSc in Industrial and Product Design from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain and a PhD in Advance Materials from Cranfield University.

Working closely with Industry, Adriana has over 15 years of experience evaluating performance and degradation of materials at Cranfield. She has over 40 technical publications and has also contributed to the development of new British Standards for materials testing.

Adriana holds an Associate Fellowship from the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) and is a member of the Mexican National System for Researchers CONACyT (SNI).



  • National Council of Scence and Technology CONACyT (Mexico)
  • Autonomous University of State of Mexico (UAEM)
  • Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Innovate UK
  • MTU Engines (Germany)
  • EU Framework Programm (FP5)
  • European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC)
  • Rolls-Royce plc (UK, Germany and Canada)
  • Siemens Energy Inc (USA, Germany)
  • Alstom Power (UK)
  • Porvair Filtration (UK)


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Sumner J, Encinas-Oropesa A, Seraffon M, Simms NJ & Nicholls JR (2012) Lifetime prediction for gas turbine materials in power generation. In: International Conference on Sustainable Power Generation and Supply, Hangzhou, 8-9 September 2013.
  • Encinas-Oropesa A, Simms NJ, Nicholls JR, Drew GL & Leggett J (2008) Evaluation of oxidation related damage caused to a gas turbine disc alloy between 700 and 800oC. In: Microscopy of Oxidation 7, 2008, Chester, 15 September 2008.
  • Encinas-Oropesa A, Drew GL, Hardy MC, Leggett AJ, Nicholls JR & Simms NJ (2008) Effects of oxidation and hot corrosion in a nickel disc alloy. In: Superalloys 2008, Champion, PA, 14 September 2008.
  • Simms NJ, Encinas-Oropesa A, Kilgallon PJ & Oakey JE (2005) Performance of gas turbine materials in 'dirty fuel' environments. In: Materials for Advanced Power Engineering 2002, Liege, Belgium, 1 October 2005.
  • Simms NJ, Encinas-Oropesa A & Nicholls JR (2004) Hot corrosion of coated single crystal superalloys. In: EUROCORR 2004 - European Corrosion Conference: Long Term Prediction and Modelling of Corrosion, Nice, 12-16 September 2004.
  • Simms NJ, Smith PJ, Encinas-Oropesa A, Ryder S, Nicholls JR & Oakey JE (2001) Development of type II hot corrosion in solid fuel fired gas turbines.
  • Simms NJ, Norton JF, Encinas-Oropesa A, Oakey JE, Wilshaw D & McColvin G (2001) Degradation of Fe- and Ni-based Cr, Al-containing foils in a combustion gas atmosphere. In: John Stringer Symposium on High Temperature Corrosion: proceedings from Materials Solutions Conference, 2001, Indianapolis, IN, 5-8 November 2001.


  • Simms N, Encinas-Oropesa A, Nicholls J, Oakey J (eds), (2001) Life modelling of high temperature corrosion processes, Maney Publishing.