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Summer Internship. Veronica Gonzales - Environmental Engineering – Edgar Armenta - Mechanical Engineering – Expected Results. Conclusion. Introduction. Method. Armenta

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Summer Internship

Veronica Gonzales - Environmental Engineering –

Edgar Armenta - Mechanical Engineering –

Expected Results





Increasing LM2500 efficiency by tightening tolerances and clearances will help the fleet to reduce fuel costs, while a proper handling procedures of possibly radioactive engines will help keep mechanics and sailors safe.


By creating charts that identify turn-around time, aircraft availability, cost of repair and influence of defects the FRC-SW is able to improve aircraft flight.


Coatings' product information is deposited within the Hazardous Materials Management System (HMMS) database. Each product's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) contains information for health, safety, and environmental impacts such as VOC and vapor pressure contents. This information is used to ensure each product is within regulatory limits of the CAA.


The work accomplished this summer insures that the US Navy receives acceptable performance from the LM2500 throughout it’s life cycle. Proper service schedules will allow this platform to continue powering Navy vessels for decades to come.

Proper handling and safety procedures while working with possibly contaminated fleet equipment guarantees the wellbeing of the sailors, civilian mechanics and artisans who service them at sea and on shore.


Through the use of collective data one can analyze the production efficiency of aircraft. By taking into account turn around time, aircraft availability, cost of repairs and defect reduction we can assess ways in which to improve our production of aircraft.


The primary reason for complying with the Clean Air Act is to control air pollution. Through the use of permits, conditions are met to keep FRCSW production running while providing a clean and safe environment for everyone.

Established in 1966 as the successor to the Navy’s Bureau of Naval Weapons, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is headquartered in Patuxent River, Md., with military and civilian personnel.

NAVAIR's mission is to provide full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development, and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support.

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) is located at Naval Air Station North Island, “the birth place of naval aviation.” The Command provides comprehensive, quality support to our nation’s aviation war fighters through the overhaul, repair, and modification of Navy and Marine Corps front line tactical, logistical, and rotary-wing aircraft and their components.

Armenta– LM2500 Engineering Support

FRC-SW services the GE LM2500 turbine engine. The LM2500 is GE's most widely applied gas turbine. It powers more than 400 ships in 30 world navies, including the US Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship. Use of the LM2500 began in the US Navy began in the 1970’s making it more than 3 decades old. My assigned tasks this summer are to increase turbine performance through process improvement as well as documenting the necessary tools for handling engines that might be radiation contaminated while off the coast of Japan.

Gonzales – Data Analyst

FRC-SW has created a single comprehensive database through collected data. This collected data is then separated to classify rejects, defects and DWO’s “Discrepancy Work Order Request” forms. My task this summer was to convert this data into charts. These charts are used to help monitor and clearly analyze data, identify process improvement opportunities and initiate appropriate corrective action.

Gonzales – Environmental Compliance Regulations

Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), FRCSW Environmental Office is responsible for compliance with all regulations governing emissions and controlling contaminants. Regulations are met by issuing permits through the San Diego Air Pollution Control District. My task this summer was to update the Aerospace Coating's List required under the "Aerospace Coatings Operations" regulations. This requires Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) to be calculated to verify that products used will comply with regulated limits.

The GE LM2500 produces 25000+ horse power

The F/A-18 Super Hornet and its variants are aircraft serviced by FRC-SW

The new LCS uses the LM2500 engine, serviced at FRC-SW

Chart depicting all DWO’s from E2C2 product line July 2011-June 2012


  • NAVAIR Staff
    • Donald De Andrade
    • Steve Gustin
    • Ya-Ting Tsai
    • Robert Espinoza
    • Danny Cohen
    • Daniel Conley
  • MEP Staff
    • Theresa M. Garcia
    • Eric Pamintuan
  • Supporting Organizations
    • Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
    • National Science FoundationGrant #DUE0653277