ICAS 2014: round-up of day four
11 September 2014
The fourth day of the international congress ICAS 2014 has drawn to a close. Here, the TsAGI press service provides an overview of key events.
On September 11, as part of ICAS 2014, a plenary session was held on the future of aviation, organized by the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR). It was attended by the heads of the leading aviation research organizations within IFAR. During the meeting, the NASA Deputy Director for Aeronautics Jaiwon Shin talked about what IFAR is, which organizations it includes, and what its goals are. JAXA Executive Director Kazuhiro Nakahashi talked about the structure of IFAR and its technical and administrative work. TsAGI Executive Director Sergey Chernyshev spoke about an initiative called IFAR Café, which was developed in the course of the IFAR summit in Moscow in August 2013 and aims to create a vision for the future of global civil aviation through informal communication between managers from IFAR member organizations. At the conclusion of the roundtable an agreement was signed on cooperation between ICAS and IFAR.
Reports by scientists from the Zhukovsky Central Aero-hydrodynamic Institute, offered for the attention of participants in the breakout sessions, dealt with current problems of aeronautical science, such as turbulence modeling, instability and transition of the boundary layer, aero-elasticity, nozzles and turbines, flight optimization, and new methods of analysis. The reports included a joint study with the Gromov Flight Research Institute, which proposes a concept for optimizing the movement of the returning winged section of reusable rocket and space systems.
On the last day of the congress two new workshops were included in the congress program at the initiative of TsAGI. The first was devoted to fundamental problems of aeronautics, the second — to international cooperation in the field of aeronautics research.
The workshop “Fundamental Problems of Aeronautics” aims to identify the fundamental results that may later arise in individual areas or affect the development of existing scientific trends. The workshop was chaired by Academician Andrey Lagarkov. “The decision to include this workshop in the congress program was exceptional in its importance. Fundamental research is carried out in all areas, permitting the development of technology based on it ”, Andrei Lagarkov said as he welcomed the workshop participants. TsAGI Executive Director Professor Sergey Chernyshev noted that “for the development of science, in this case — aeronautics, it is important to focus not only on specific objectives and solve urgent practical problems, it is also necessary to look for new theoretical approaches, concepts that will improve the overall level of research. This is why we have proposed to include the ‘Fundamental Problems of Aeronautics’ workshop in the congress program. Some interesting, innovative presentations were made today, and I hope that in the future the workshop will become a mandatory part of the program.”
In the workshop on international cooperation in the field of aeronautics research, the results of joint projects were summed up, and future international programs were announced. There were presentations of the program “Horizon 2020” and the EREA and Future Sky project, and the results of the 7th European Framework Programme project “Aflonext were also presented. “The main objective of ICAS is to strengthen international cooperation in the field of aeronautics, so we believe it is necessary to discuss the potential for this cooperation at the congress. Previously, this workshop was not included in the program and we are pleased that we were able to attract the audience’s attention to this issue,” ICAS executive committee member from Russia and TsAGI Program Manager for Aerospace Research Alexander Filatov said.
Several ICAS prizes were awarded at a gala banquet held to mark the end of the conference: for the best student work, for the successful implementation of a large international project, and for a personal contribution to the development of cooperation between organizations in different countries.
The first prize is named after the outstanding scientist John McCarthy (the John McCarthy Student Awards) and is awarded for the best student paper presented at the congress. The winner received a certificate and a stipend. This year the award was won by the South African students Marius-Corne Meijer and Elizna Miles.
ICAS has a special prize to award a team of scientists for the successful implementation of an international project. It is named after Theodore von Karman (von Karman Award), founder of the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS). The award was won by engineers from the program nEUROn — a large-scale European project to develop a scout-attack drone. ICAS President Murray Scott presented the medal to the team of scientists that worked on the project — Jacques Louis — DASSAULT AVIATION, Dimitri Feldmann — RUAG, Anders Forsberg — SAAB, Antonio Marchetto — Alenia Aermacchi, Michael Maretsis — EAB and Fernando Mijares — Airbus.
For a personal contribution to the development of international cooperation ICAS awarded two awards — the Maurice Roy Medal and a special award — the John J. Green Award for young professionals (under 40). The winner of the medal this year was honorary IFAR chairman and former head of the German Aerospace Center DLR Joachim Szodruch. The John J. Green Award went to Adrian Orifici, Senior Lecturer at RMIT University (Australia).
Speakers at the ICAS 2014 closing ceremony included ICAS President Murray Scott, Head of Aviation Industry Department at the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Andrey Boginsky and ICAS Executive Committee member and TsAGI Program Manager for Aerospace Research Alexander Filatov. There was also a presentation of ICAS 2016, which will be held in South Korea.
ICAS 2014 has ended. Technical tours are planned on September 12 for the participants in the international meeting.