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TsAGI propose a methodology for managing scientific projects in the field of aviation

21 May 2019

There is a well-known fact that it takes 18-20 years to develop the next generation aeronautical equipment. Every new project goes through life cycle stages from the concept to the entry into service. This complex process is regulated by special government and corporate standards.

So far, however, there has been no clear mechanism at the initial stage of the project, when the design basis is formed. Scientists of the the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”) have been consistently solving the task over the course of several years.

The engineer of TsAGI’s Department of System Research And Conceptual Design Of Aerospace Engineering, Victoria Konopleva, integrated and presented the achievements of TsAGI’s specialists at the XLV Gagarin Science Conference. She introduced the work “The management of technical design concept at the initial project stage in the field of aviation.” Her report was marked by a first place diploma.

The young scientist described a multipurpose mechanism to successfully perform virtually almost any aviation project. The work should be started with the forecast of the future market needs. Then the technical requirements for the aircraft are determined. The next step is to find the rational engineering solution; several aircraft concepts are suggested for this purpose. When the optimum alternative is chosen, experts from all the directions (aerodynamicists, strength, flight dynamics and others) take part in the synthesis of the important aircraft subsystems into a whole. The final step is the verification of the results obtained, the experimental models production and their testing in wind tunnels. Then the project is passed to the design bureau to create the flight demonstrator.

“Victoria Konopleva’s merit is that she has created a mathematical model of the natural creative process,” noticed the work supervisor, Deputy Head of Department of System Research And Conceptual Design of Aerospace Engineering, within TsAGI’s Scientific Research Complex Evgeny B. Skvortsov. “The method has allowed turning from a ‘better-worse’ performance to the numerical requirements. The operating procedure became clear. It helped eliminate risks related to the implementation of our ideas.”

About 10 TsAGI specialists took part in the Gagarin Science Conference. They presented the results of perspective works in a number of promising areas to improve existing aircraft and to design the conceptual aircraft of the future.

The International Youth Gagarin Science Conference was organized for the 45-th time and took place on the basis of the Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University). The program of the event included nine scientific directions: “Aviation systems”, “Aviation and rocket engines and power installations”, “Robotics, intelligent systems and aircraft armament”, “New materials and production technology in the field of aviation, rocket and space technology”, etc. The conference participants were young scientists from more than 130 cities in 15 countries.

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