Dr Itsaso Echeverria

MiNMaT EngD Student
MSc, BSc

Academic and research departments

School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences.


Itsaso Echeverria is an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) student working on the development of manufacturing techniques for complex-shaped oxide/oxide Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs). She obtained a Masters degree at University of Basque Country (Spain) in Materials Science and joined the National Composites Centre (NCC) in 2016 working on the development of characterisation methods for polymer matrix composites for sectors such as aerospace, automotive or energy. In October 2017, she started an EngD project on CMCs with the University of Surrey, jointly funded by the NCC and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council.

My qualifications

Master degree in Materials Science
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Bacherlor degree in Chemical Engineering
University of the Basque Country (Spain)


Research projects


ITSASO ECHEVERRIA, David T. Fishpool, Virtudes Rubio Diaz, ROBERT ANDREW DOREY, JULIE ANNE YEOMANS (2022)Evaluation of polymer matrix composite manufacturing routes for production of an oxide/oxide ceramic matrix composite, In: Journal of the European Ceramic Society [e-journal].42(5) Elsevier

The use of manufacturing methods commonly used for polymer matrix composites (PMCs) in the production of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), as opposed to more traditional ceramic manufacturing methods, has the potential to reduce the cost of components. This work focuses on three typical PMC manufacturing methods and assesses their suitability for the production of an oxide-oxide porous matrix ceramic composite, starting from a commercially available pre-impregnated Nextel 610®/aluminium oxide material. While all the techniques can be used to produce CMCs, results showed that compared with vacuum bagging and warm pressing, autoclave processing produced the best outcome. It resulted in the most uniform thickness laminates and the lowest macro-porosity, as well as the highest flexural strength.