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TsAGI Takes Part in Round Table Titled ‘The WCRC “Supersonic”: Relevant Tasks and Development Prospects’

2 August 2023

The WCRC “Supersonic” is a development driver for Russian supersonic passenger aviation. What are the priorities and challenges in this area? What are the current capabilities for the development of advanced fundamental technologies for aerospace industry?

These and other issues were discussed at the round table titled ‘The WCRC “Supersonic”: Relevant Tasks and Development Prospects’. Organized by TsAGI (a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”), it was held on July 24 within the 5th Eurasian Aerospace Congress.

The round table was moderated by Kirill Sypalo, Head of the WCRC, Director General at TsAGI, Corresponding Member of the RAS. In his report, he emphasized the importance of consolidating academic, research and industrial organizations for implementation of future aviation projects. ‘High-speed civil air transport is a strategic segment of aircraft industry both domestically and globally. Today, we are working to shape the development basis for future supersonic aircraft science. And this highly ambitious goal will be achieved by the cutting-edge developments of the WCRC "Supersonic",’ said Kirill Sypalo in his welcoming speech.

The report by Kirill Sypalo focused on major results that have a high TRL and meet the import-substitution tasks in 2023, on the key results planned for 2024 and on advanced results by 2030.

Sergey Chernyshev (Vice President of the RAS, Academician of the RAS, Chief Scientific Officer, TsAGI; Head of Laboratory for Aerodynamics and Concept Design of Low-Sonic-Boom Supersonic Transport, the WCRC ‘Supersonic’) made his report titled ‘Aerodynamic and concept design of low-sonic-boom supersonic transport: Developing the area and the role of the RAS in this development’. He considered the main tasks for aviation scientists in the area of creating advanced supersonic transport: lower sonic boom level, reduced noise near airports, balance between ecological performance and high aerodynamic quality, wide onboard usage of AI, etc.

The scientist spoke on TsAGI’s best years-long experience in creating supersonic transport, and highlighted relevant areas of research for scientists and the industry to carry out. In particular, it concerned a wide range of exploratory and fundamental studies aimed to develop aerospace technologies in high-speed aviation, and the problem of territorial coherence.

‘Applying fundamental research results to solve practical tasks of aerospace industry is an essential prerequisite for shaping technological advance. We are able to create an aircraft that would have high aerodynamic performance and would meet all potential ecological standards. Indeed, bringing such a breakthrough project to life will strengthen Russia’s global status of aviation country,’ said Sergey Chernyshev.

D. Sc. Viktor Kopyev, Head of WCRC Laboratory and Head of Aeroacoustics Research Center at TsAGI, spoke on progress in the area of aeroacoustics and vibrations. He reported on new SST noise reduction technologies based on enhanced traditional methods, on new ideas of reducing SST environmental noise, on vibrational and acoustic loads on streamlined surfaces that affect SST onboard noise and comfort inside the premises within SST operational range—in terms of sound boom impact, and on prospects of developing the area.

Aleksandr Lukovnikov, Deputy Director General for Science at CIAM, Academician Valeri Matveenko, Scientific Director at PFRC UB RAS, and D. Sc., Professor Aleksandr Yefremov, Head of Department at MAI, reported on progress within the areas, ‘Gas Dynamics and Propulsion’, ‘Strength and Smart Structures’, and ‘AI and Flight Safety’.

The WCRC ‘Supersonic’ solves fundamental, research and applied R&T tasks aimed to develop new-generation supersonic transport. TsAGI initiated the establishment of the WCRC; it coordinates the WCRC. Apart from TsAGI, the WCRC includes Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, CIAM, GosNIIAS, MAI, Lomonosov MSU, and PFRC UB RAS. The project is implemented from 2020 to 2025. The expected results of the WCRC’s activities are innovative configurations of quiet low-sonic-boom supersonic transport, multi-criteria aircraft design technology, synthetic-vision-based and AR-based cockpit display system, etc.

Eurasian Aerospace Congress is the largest industrial business forum at the Eurasian Economic Union. It aims at stronger cooperation between Eurasian aerospace research and industrial enterprises, and at opening new horizons for broader aerospace cooperation.

The Congress is organized by the Eurasian Partnership of Aerospace Clusters (EPAC) and Vneshaviakosmos. It is partnered by Minpromtorg Russia, Roscosmos, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Rostec, the UAC, Russian Helicopters Holding, etc.

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