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TsAGI tested a new monument to Red Army Man

22 May 2019

I often sense that our fallen soldiers,
who left on battlefields their bloody stains,
did not lay down in their graves for solace —
but have been transformed into white-winged cranes.

It is these immortal lines of Rasul Gamzatov which inspired young sculptors Constantin Fomin and Andrey Korobtsov to establish a monument to commemorate the feat of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War. It is a monument in the shape of a young male soldier, hovering over a flock of cranes taking to the air. The monument is scheduled to be erected to the 75 anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War in village Khoroshevo (Tver Region, Rzhev district). The project is implemented by the Russian military historical society, with the support of the Union State, Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Tver region. The 25-meter bronze sculpture weighing 90 tons and mounted on a powerful 11-ton frame is to become one of the most significant monuments in Russia and Europe.

The Research and Production Complex of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”) carried out wind load and stability tests of the structure’s model. The customer is LLC “MetallPromInzhiniring”. The tests were carried out using the AVT1 scales and the installation of angular oscillations simulating the dynamic behavior of the model in the cross-wind direction in the TsAGI T-1-2 wind tunnel.

The experiments confirmed the designed wind loading characteristics. The structure showed aerodynamic stability in normal wind conditions.

The monument to Red Army Man is not the first monument that underwent wind loading tests in TsAGI. We remind that earlier the Institute investigated the Federation Tower of the Moscow International Business Centre “Moscow-City,” the Victory Memorial at Poklonnaya Gora, the new cathedral mosque in Moscow, a sculpture “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman”. TsAGI applies advanced technologies and methods, largely surpassing the level of the world practice. The Institute studies wind loading and its impacts on unique buildings, monuments and bridge constructions of any complexity of forms and configuration types.

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