TsAGI specialists offer a conceptual demonstrator of a supersonic civil aircraft of the future
14 July 2017
In July an advanced scientific and technical Council of the the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Institute named after N.E.Zhukovsky”) presented the results of the first phase of the project “integrated studies on the establishment of a technology demonstrator in ensuring the development of supersonic civil aircraft” (code “SBA/ SPA -integration).
The aim of the project is to create the scientific-technical reserve for the development of the methodology to create a supersonic passenger aircraft (SPA) with a low sonic boom in supersonic cruise flight, as well as noise in the airport area, and to develop a demonstrator of the SPA. The sample must show the possibility of reducing these indicators and the application of visualization of the external environment for the cabin, ensuring the required level of aerodynamic characteristics, steadiness and controllability during basic flight modes. The first step will be to develop appropriate technical proposals.
The task of the completed phase of work was to select a preliminary and reasonable layout. Experts considered possible noise reduction systems, conceptual solution layouts, requirements for prospective engines and power plants, and the preliminary overall mass and resource characteristics to formulate their initial conclusions.
“The main challenge faced by the scientists in an attempt to develop a concept of supersonic passenger aircraft, is the absence of universally mandated evaluation metrics, thresholds and impact sound measurement methodology,” explained the Director General of FSUE “TsAGI” Sergey Chernyshev. “The analysis we will provide, most likely will form the basis for standards of acoustic impact. Now our goal is to demonstrate the technology of noise reduction and sound impact, as well as opportunities to improve aerodynamic efficiency. If successful, it will be possible to think about the creation of a real airplane.”
The work under contract with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation began in May of this year. Together with TsAGI, the project involves leading scientific research institutes, design bureaus and industrial enterprises of aviation industry in the country.
Following the results of a joint discussion of the selected solutions, the advanced scientific and technical Council approved the results of the first phase and approved continued work on the project.