General Electric Master Theses in Aerospace in Rivalta di Torino, Italy

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Role Summary:

The proposed activities are aimed at improving the performance prediction tool of the gearbox, lube system and auxiliaries. Gearbox efficiency and thermal management are key factors for enabling the next generation architectures of aeronautical engines to meet the challenging requirements on fuel burn through cycle optimization and weight reduction. Targets are continuously raising and need great efforts to meet required goals.

Essential Responsibilities:

Improving the accuracy of gearbox design systems in terms of thermal and fluid optimization is imperative for the purpose: losses estimation and reduction will lead to oil consumption decrease. After a preliminary phase of literature and state of the art research, in this role you will be able to review and improve all the preliminary design tools (based on CFD and numerical correlations) aimed at predicting the fluid-dynamic systems efficiency and perform trade-off studies for different configurations. The prediction model will then be validated, using literature work and/or Avio Aero Legacy.

The theses will be carried out under the supervision of an academic tutor and an Avio Aero internal tutor. The whole project will be over by the third quarter of 2018.

These activities will require to familiarize with the aero-engine gearbox, oil and vent systems. It will also require a good understanding of the fluid-dynamics and engineering design tools. The candidates will focus in particular on design methodologies related to estimation of windage losses in gearboxes and air/oil separators for lube and ventilation systems.


  • Currently enrolled at a university

  • Good academic track record

  • Team-work & commitment

  • Fluency both in Italian and in English

  • Well trained in turbomachinery field

  • EU work permit Desired Characteristics:

  • Passionate, curious and enthusiastic for engineering challenges

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems Locations: Italy; Rivalta di Torino