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PhD Aerospace Engineering

School of Doctoral Programmes, Politecnico Di Milano

The PhD Programme in Aerospace Engineering aims at educating students and creating world class researchers in all the main technological disciplines relevant, but not limited , to the aerospace field. It is embedded in the Department of Aerospace Engineering (DIA) and is part of the PhD School of the Politecnico di Milano.

The PhD course is organized in two main research Areas, i.e. Aerospace Engineering and Rotary Wing Aircraf t. Research Area: Aerospace Engineering This research area covers a wide range of topics related to the aerospace engineering field. Based on historical aerospace disciplines such as, for example , Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Structures and Material, Flight Mechanics and Control, this research area includes currently emerging disciplines requiring an enhanced multi disciplinary approach.

Indeed, over the years PhD students in Aerospace Enginee ring have developed research relevant to aircraft and space applications but also to technical areas not strictly related to the aerospace field.

Examples of research topics in which PhD theses have been recently developed are:

* ! Computational and experimen tal fluid mechanics;
* ! Passive and active control of turbulence;
* ! Aeroservoelasticity, dynamic and control of aerospace structures;
* ! Passive structural safety of both aerospace and non aerospace vehicles;
* ! Space missions analysis and planning;
* ! Advanced materials and structures: design and testing;
* ! Innovative space propulsion systems;
* ! Identification, dynamic and control of structures and complex systems.

Research Area: Rotary Wing Aircraft
Helicopters and tilt rotors present some of the most interesting and di fficult challenges of aerospace sciences; mastering such problems requires understanding of the underlying physical processes, integration of multiple disciplines, an effective use of sophisticated mathematical models and of numerical and experimental meth ods. To reflect this situation, the Ph.D. programme in this area places special emphasis on the development of multi disciplinary thinking and problem solving skills in students, while striving to provide students with a solid knowledge of the fundamental physical phenomena and of all necessary state of the art methods and tools.

Successful programme graduates are expected to be able to conduct and manage original , cutting edge research in the rotorcraft technology domain, with the ability to rapidly move t o neighbouring areas , such as wind power, fixed wing and automotive engineering, or other related high tech engineering fields.

All topics relevant to the broad field of rotorcraft technology may be part of a students PhD thesis research project, such as for example:

* Mechatronics
* Advanced rotors
* Maintenance based design
* Mathematical modelling and simulation
* Airworthiness and certification

The attainment of a PhD in Aerospace Engineering requires at least three years of full time study, research activity and development of PhD thesis.

Among the 30 credits, at least 1 0 credits must be acquired through PhD courses characterizing the PhD program in Aerospa ce Engineering (Type A), at least 5 credits from PhD School Courses (Type B) and 1 5 or less credits may be acquired through external PhD courses, e.g. from other PhD programmes and Summer Schools (Type C). All the mentioned courses foresee an evaluation of the PhD student in order o acquire the corresponding credits. Master of Science courses may be inserted in the curriculum of the student, in agreement with the Supervisor (see below) and the Tutor, but do not contribute to the acquisition of credits.

In a ddition to the above requirements, the PhD candidates must complete, during the course of the program, at least one of the following activities :

* 1. present a paper, as co author, at an International Conference
* 2. submit a manuscript, as co author, to an International Archive Journal

Development of research and the PhD thesis
The aim of PhD programmes at the Politecnico di Milano is the development in candidates of a research oriented mind set, with expertise and skills in a specific research topic. To develop a research oriented mind set, candidates must acquire problem solving capabilities in a complex context, includin g in depth analysis of the problem, identification of an original solution and the capability of evaluating a solution and its applicability in given contexts. These skills provide PhD candidates with major opportunities of development in their research b oth in the academic field and in public and private organisations.

The main objective is the development of an original research contribution. The PhD thesis must contribute to increasing knowledge in the research field of the candidate. In addition , it mu st be coherent with the research topics developed in the department in which the PhD Programme chosen by the candidate is carried out. The original research has to be submitted via a PhD thesis which contains and discusses the contribution, also in the fie ld of the state of the art in the research community on the research issue. The PhD research will be developed under the guidance of a supervisor who supports the candidate in the setting out and in the everyday activities regarding the development of the thesis.

The supervisor does not have to be a member of the Academic Board and can also belong to an institution other than the Politecnico di Milano. The supervisor can be supported by one or more co supervisors. To develop the capability of carrying out research activities, the candidate must attend courses according to the PhD programme, defined for his/her study plan and pass them with a positive evaluation.

For each candidate admitted to the programme, a tutor, belonging to the Academic Board, is appoi nted. The tutor supervises and supports the candidate in the overall training path. The supervisor and the tutor can coincide. The choice of courses will be overseen by the tutor, and will be formalized in a study plan and approved by the Coordinator of th e PhD Programme. Other activities for the development of personal skills and research expertise are encouraged during the PhD programme .

The candidate must acquire the capability to present and discuss his/her work in his/her research community. Consequent ly both participation in international conferences and publication of research results in international journals with review are strongly encouraged. Candidates are also encouraged to carry out part of their research activities in contact with other research groups in their field of interest, preferably abroad. Research visits of at least four months and up to 18 months to research groups and international instit utions through which the candidate can acquire further skills to develop his/her research work and the thesis are strongly encouraged.

Access to Ph.D. programmes is by selection. The University selection call is launched annually for all Ph.D. programmes and published on the website.

A five year university degree equivalent to a second level Master's degree giving access to PhD programmes is required. An expert panel selects candidates based on their reaserch project proposal; curriculum vitae; motivation letter and recommendation letter(s).

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Degree Level: PhD
Tuition Fee: € 1,500 / Year (EEA) , € 1,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Duration:3 Years
Start Date:November  2019
Delivery Mode:On Campus
Study Nature:Full-time
Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Architecture & Construction
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