TsAGI Discusses WCRC “Supersonic” Development Program
7 October 2020
WCRC “Supersonic” Consortium members had an online meeting at TsAGI (a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”) on September, 22. They discussed the program of Consortium establishment and development, as well as the management structure of the World-Class Research Center (WCRC) “Supersonic”.
TsAGI was represented by Kirill Sypalo, TsAGI CEO and RAS Academician; Sergey Chernyshev, TsAGI Chief Scientific Officer and RAS Academician; Yelena Pudalova, TsAGI Head of Advanced Development; Viktor Kopyev, Head of Aeroacoustics Department, Professor and Dr. Sci. in Physics and Mathematics; and by Sergey Bazhenov, Head of Flight Dynamics Department, Doctor of Engineering.
The meeting was attended by representatives of such Consortium member organizations as Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, PFRC UB RAS (Perm Federal Research Center of the Ural Branch of the RAS), CIAM (Central Institute of Aviation Motors named after P.I. Baranov), and GosNIIAS (State Research Institute of Aviation Systems).
‘At this meeting, we have discussed some questions related to the management structure of the Center which included the WCRC Consortium, the International Supervisory Board, the International Scientific Board and the Coordination Board. In addition, the implementation of a world-class research center begins in the near future’, Kirill Sypalo said.
The Center has five research laboratories. The first one, Aerodynamics and conceptual design of low sonic boom SST, headed by Sergey Chernyshev, works in close cooperation with MAI. The Lab’s work will be devoted to the concept development of efficient SST aerodynamic configuration and power plant; to the development of calculation methods for SST sonic boom; to the creation of a unique test facility for sonic boom simulation, etc.
The Aeroacoustics and Vibrations Laboratory, headed by Viktor Kopyev (with the participation of MSU and Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics), will develop radiating turbulence models, calculation methods for noise and vibration; it will study structure response and vibrations within the research on cabin noise and vibration of buildings induced by SST flyovers; etc.
The third WCRC Laboratory, Strength and Smart Structures, is managed by Valeriy Matveenko, RAS Academician, UB RAS Acting Chair and Chair of Perm Federal Research Center. TsAGI Complex for Strength is also involved in the work.
Apart from that, it is planned to establish two more laboratories: Gas Dynamics and Power Plants (headed by Aleksandr Lanshin, TsAGI Deputy Chief Scientific Officer) and Artificial Intelligence and Flight Safety (managed by Professor Aleksandr Yefremov, Head of MAI Department).
Earlier, TsAGI’s application for the creation and development of WCRC “Supersonic” within the Science National Project won the competitive selection. This August the Institute was listed in the priority area of Smart Transport and Telecommunication Systems, Study and Effective Exploration of the Earth and Near Space (Aerospace and Space, World Ocean, the Arctic and Antarctic), included in the WCRC list approved by the Council for State-Aided Creation and Development of WCRCs Performing R&D on the Priorities of Scientific and Technological Development in Russia. Totally, 60 proposals were delivered to the call.
The WCRC ‘Supersonic’ was initiated by TsAGI; the Institute also coordinates the Consortium. The project is implemented from 2020 to 2025. The expected outcomes of the Center’s activities are innovative futuristic SST designs of low sonic boom and low-noise aircraft, multi-criteria aircraft design technology, a flight-deck information display system based on computer vision and augmented reality, etc.