TsAGI Presents Its Potential at 11th Science Conference on Amphibian and Airfield-Independent Aircraft
30 September 2016
In late September, as part of the business program of Hydroaviasalon-2016 in Gelendzhik, The Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute named after professor N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI, part of the National Research Center ‘Institute named after N.E.Zhukovsky‘) and Beriev Research and Development Center in Taganrog (part of PJSC OAK) held the 11th international science conference on amphibian and airfield-independent aircraft.
The event was attended by some 200 representatives of leading Russian organizations in the field of aviation and related fields, universities, enterprises and research centers, such as PJSC OAK, JSC OSK, Baranov Central Institute of Aircraft Engine Design, Beriev Aviation R&D Center in Taganrog, Moscow Institute of Technical Physics, and others. Scholars and experts discussed a range of important issues in the development of amphibian and airfield-independent aircraft. Special attention was given to promising new combination solutions, active methods of managing characteristics of takeoff/landing units, and the development of an experimental base. The tone of the conference was set by plenary sessions, one of which, “On Modern Research and Science Potential in the Sphere of Creating Highly Effective Amphibian and Airfield-Independent Aircraft” was prepared by TsAGI scholars.
More than one-third of the 92 reports presented at the Conference were made by TsAGI staff. Their presentations covered the most important topics in the development of amphibian and airfield-independent aircraft: safety, efficiency, as well as environmental safety and efficiency. Research studies presented at the conference included fundamental topics (development of cloud-of-flame retardant liquid dropped from a plane, possibility and expediency of active management of hydrodynamic and seaworthiness characteristics of amphibian planes, the sloping entrance of wedge-shaped bodies into liquids, etc.), search projects (concept of expanded passenger and cargo land-based aircraft, low-noise propulsion systems for hovercraft, analysis of risk factors associated with aircraft rolling off the runway), and various applications (electro-hydraulic drives for fans on hovercraft chassis, absorbent seaplane floats, methods of research of wind operational safety of helipads in confined areas, around buildings, on ships and FPU platforms).
“The solid combination of applied and fundamental research and the enthusiasm of developers of technology of the future is a characteristic feature of the research forum in Gelendzhik,” Vladimir Sokolyansky explained. “Due to this synthesis the conference has a measurable influence on the development of Russian amphibian and airfield-independent aircraft. The exchange of ideas and problem statements serves as an excellent stimulus for the development of effective technical solutions.”
The conference, initiated by TsAGI at the first Hydroaviasalon-1996, with time incorporated all the related themes and topics evolved from the conference on hydroaviation to a conference on amphibian and airfield-independent aircraft.