Laboratory of Aerodynamics and Turbomachinery - Aero-Engine Internal Flows Genova

The Laboratory has been established in the 1980s thanks to the previous experience of the Institute of Fluid Machines of the University of Genova. The research activity carried out in the laboratory is mainly focused on the experimental analysis of the flow field into turbomachinery components for energy conversion and propulsion. The activities are carried out in the framework of European Research Programs and programs funded by the Italian Ministry of Research. Presently, the Laboratory  is part of a well-established joint partnership with GE AvioAero and it is especially devoted to the development of new components for new generation aeroengines characterized by low emission and specific fuel consumption. 

The Laboratory is equipped with the following test facilities:

- Flat plate wind tunnel for the analysis and control of the boundary layer transition ad separation processes developing over surfaces of industrial components (diffusers, air intake, blade rows, etc.) by means of active (blowers, synthetic jets) and passive (steps, vortex generators) devices; 

- Large scale cascade wind tunnel equipped with moving bars system for the simulation of the rotor-stator aerodynamic interaction process; 

- Large scale wind tunnel equipped with thermal heater for the analysis of coolant efficiency in high pressure gas turbine stages;

- Single stage large scale research turbine for the analysis of the unsteady flow in high lift turbine modules;

The Laboratory is equipped with advanced measuring techniques: hot-wire and hot-film anemometer (HWA), Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), Phase Doppler Anemometer (PDA) and Time Resolved Particle Image Velocimetry (TRPIV).


  • Laboratory of Aerodynamics and Turbomachinery - Aero-Engine Internal Flows Genova


  • Pietro Zunino
  • Marina Ubaldi
  • Daniele Simoni
  • Davide Lengani
  • Francesca Satta
  • Giovanni Tanda
  • Dario Barsi
  • Matteo Dellacasagrande

Research Topics

  • Development of experimental techniques for the analysis of unsteady and turbulent flows;
  • Development of big data analysis and machine learning tools; 
  • Boundary layer and profile wake transition and separation control; 
  • Analysis of the unsteady rotor-stator interaction process in low pressure turbine modules;
  • Development and design of highly loaded low pressure turbine profiles for aeroengine applications;
  • Development of new techniques for thermal effectiveness measurements of cooling system for blades and endwalls;   

Last update 19 January 2022