TsAGI Presents WCRC “Supersonic” at Sirius Center
10 June 2021
From June 9th to 11th, TsAGI (a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”) organized a field meeting for ‘Fundamental challenges of creating a new-generation supersonic transport’ section of ‘Models and methods in aerodynamics’, the international study seminar. The event was co-organized by Consortium members: CIAM, GosNIIAS (both are parts of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”), MAI, Lomonosov MSU, Perm Federal Research Center of the Ural Branch of the RAS, and by the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics.
The meeting was held in a mixed format in Sochi’s Sirius education center. The WCRC ‘Supersonic’ was fully provided with video conference access to the platform.
In particular, the event aimed at presenting WCRC ‘Supersonic’ agenda to the young talented researchers, including those studying at Sirius; and at involving the new generation into work on advanced aircraft.
In his opening remarks, Kirill Sypalo (Director General of TsAGI and Corresponding Member of the RAS) called creating a new-generation supersonic transport (SST) one of the main challenges for the world’s aviation industry.
‘Russia has all the chances to become a leader in the development of supersonic transport. It is our country that created Tu-144, one of the world’s first supersonic airliners. Obviously, we have kept our experience and competences. So today, we can successfully develop the key technologies within this promising area, using the scientific technological advance and the modern approaches to forming Russia’s fundamental knowledge base,’ highlighted Kirill Sypalo.
The seminar focused on such topics as aerodynamics, strength, aeroacoustics and flight safety of a supersonic aircraft. Scientists and specialists discussed the choice of SST parameters, the problem of reducing SST environmental noise, and how to provide efficiency for a low-sonic-boom SST in terms of its stability and control.
Apart from that, the event included a round-table talk where top researchers from R&D centers, RAS institutes and the universities reported on global challenges and on possible solutions for future supersonic aviation.
‘Creating a supersonic transport means primarily solving a great number of fundamental problems of the modern aviation science. In the end, the ultimate goal is a totally new quality of aviation mobility and the obvious advantages that a supersonic flight could provide—quick transcontinental transporting and, certainly, passengers’ comfort. To reveal and to compare the balance of all advantages and disadvantages seems quite a challenging task which cannot be solved in a day. Hopefully, our meeting and live discussion on the urgent problems related to forming the technological basis for the future aircraft was interesting for the new generation of researchers, and, especially, for those who intend to work in aviation,’ said Sergey Chernyshev, Chief Scientific Officer (TsAGI), Academician of the RAS.
‘Aviation industry is strategically important for the country; the major projects related to supersonic civil aviation need a technological advance which would be formed by the Center’s corporate members. In my view, the ambitious scientific component of WCRC ‘Supersonic’ is very attractive for the modern youth planning their career in high-tech area,’ said Kirill Borisov, Deputy Chief of Department for State Policy in Science and Technology (Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation).
The event was held within the Program for creating and developing WCRC ‘Supersonic’, supported by Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (the Agreement No. 075-11-2020-023 dated December 8, 2020).
The WCRC ‘Supersonic’ was initiated by TsAGI; the Institute also coordinates the Consortium. Apart from TsAGI, the WCRC includes CIAM, GosNIIAS, MAI, MSU, PFRC UB RAS, Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, etc. 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.