On November 14th 2019, the CIMNE researcher Miguel Ángel Celigueta successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “A Particle Finite Element Method for fluid-related problems in Civil Engineering”. The thesis was carried out at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) under the supervision of Prof. Eugenio Oñate.
In the thesis Dr. Celigueta presented a set of developments focused on the Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) and its applicability in several fields in Civil Engineering. The PhD thesis received the maximum mark of Excellent Cum Laude.
The PhD exam committee was formed by professors Antonia Larese (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy), Manuel Casteleiro (Civil Engineering School, University of A Coruña) and Juan Miquel Canet (UPC/CIMNE).
From left to right: Prof. Juan Miquel Canet, Prof. Antonia Larese, Dr. Miguel Ángel Celigueta, Prof. Manuel Casteleiro and Prof. Eugenio Oñate
Miguel Ángel Celigueta is a Civil Engineer by the Technical University of Catalonia since 2005 and lecturer at the same university since 2011, his research work has been focused mainly on "Particle Methods". Among them, particular effort was put on the PFEM and the DEM.
He has experience in the numerical CFD simulation of waves (PFEM), fluid-structure interaction, off-shore structures, breakwaters and particle transport in fluids (DEM-FEM and DEM-PFEM). In the last years, his research has focused more on the analysis of drilling processes for the Oil industry, like the hole cleaning (cuttings transport), drill bit mechanics and drill string mechanics.
He is also the coordinator of the DEMPack Team (the group of researchers developing the DEM application based on the Kratos Muliphysics framework - www.cimne.com/dempack) and one of the members of the Kratos Technical Management Team (KTMT).
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