TsAGI continues developing patent work within the framework of the Eurasian Patent Convention
30 November 2016
The Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute named after professor N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI, part of the National Research Center “Institute named after N.E.Zhukovsky”) has received another patent within the framework of the Eurasian Patent Convention. The Eurasian Patent has been granted for the invention: “A railway open car with a shelter and a method of sheltering the bulk cargo transported in a railway open car.”
Along with TsAGI, the patent is held by the research customer — CJSC “Independent Energy Company” (NEK). The company set a goal of solving the problem of transporting one of the most hazardous cargos — sulphur. When transported by rail, this substance may catch fire from a spark getting through a defect in a shelter which may be damaged due to the high speed of the train, as well as by strong front or cross winds. Examining probable wind loads in laboratory conditions is only possible with real-size tents-like structures. NEK contacted TsAGI because it possessed the largest wind tunnel in Europe that would enabled full-scale examination.
The object of the research was a full-scale mockup of a railway open car with about 20 different versions of fabric shelters. In the course of the experiments TsAGI specialists examined the load and tent behaviour under various wind conditions. The accumulated research groundwork helped the scientists to select the most effective shelter form and the method of fastening it to the open car. The results thus obtained ensured the test integrity at various speeds in order to prevent bulk cargoes from being blown out and damaged.
For four years the Eurasian Patent Convention analyzed analogues and prototypes of the design and found it unique. The invention of the industrial aerodynamics field is intended to optimize the railway transportation of bulk cargo and make it safe. The ownership of the invention by TsAGI and NEC has been acknowledged by the Eurasian Patent Convention comprising Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.