Contact Koldo Almandoz Forcen

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Gas Turbines & Propulsion
  • Manufacturing of Functional Materials
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Surface Engineering
  • Sustainable Manufacturing


Research Engineer (EngD) working on the development of advanced thermal barrier coating technology in the Surface Engineering and Precission Centre. This work is sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc.

Koldo graduated in Aerospace Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Madrid, Spain. This degree covered a wide range of topics related to Aerospace Science and technology, with particular focus on fluid mechanics, materials science and mathematics. He then graduated from an MSc in Aerospace Materials at Cranfield University, gaining a deeper understanding of metal, polymer and ceramic systems for aerospace applications.

After graduating, Koldo worked for two years in the Turbines SCU of Rolls-Royce as Capability Acquisition engineer, leading multi-functional project teams in the development of coating processes for high temperature turbine applications. Since October 2019, he has been pursuing his doctoral Studies within the Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing Centre for Doctoral Training.

Research opportunities

Koldo is an Aerospace Engineer and Materials Scientist with experience in CFRP, polymer and Ceramic Coating manufacture. His area of interest includes the application of Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering to the Aerospace and Energy Industries, with particular focus on the development of materials for reduced system lifecycle impact. He is also a keen experimentalist, with the view of incrementally validating and improving models for increased prediction accuracy and applicability.

His experience in material deposition and manufacturing includes:

- Electron Beam Physical Vapour Deposition of ceramic coatings

- Chemical Vapour Deposition of aluminide coatings

- Stereolithographic additive manufacturing using photosensitive resins

Koldo is familiar with a range of mechanic and functional characterisation techniques, namely:

- Erosion and Foreign object damage testing for particulate impact derive damage characterisation

- Hot corrosion testing of ceramic materials by molten sand slags

- Macro-and-micro tensile testing for mechanical property characterisation of metals and polymers

- Resonant frequency damping analysis for non-destructive characterisation of multilayer & multi-material systems

Current activities

Koldo´s research project focuses on the development of advanced Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs) with improved thermal capabilities and durability, focusing on failure modes induced by the ingestion of particulate debris into gas turbine aeroengines.