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TsAGI starts to work on an international RUMBLE project

21 December 2017

The increase of air transport traffic volume requires an updated approach to aviation’s impact on the environment. One possible answer is to design a quiet aircraft. This, in turn, necessitates the aviation industry to identify new regulatory standards. The task is to determinate an acceptable level of noise and vibration for people and buildings in the path of air traffic. The Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”) is a member of an international project RUMBLE, which addressing these challenges.

The research study is focused on the development of proposals to ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) about the formation of generally accepted international norms of the sonic boom level from a supersonic passenger aircraft. RUMBLE brings together 19 partners from eight countries. Among them are the Airbus Group (the Coordinator), Dassault Aviation, DLR, ONERA, etc.

TsAGI is the Coordinator for Russia, which is also represented by the Moscow Aviation Institute, Sukhoi Civil aircraft, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Central Institute of Aviation Motor Development” (CIAM), the Flight Research Institute named after M.M. Gromov and GosNII GA. Together they will prepare proposals for the new GOST about the sonic boom of supersonic transport. In addition, Russian scientists intend to ensure the scientific-technical reserve and technology upgrade for configurations with a high level of fuel efficiency, flight safety, low noise level and sonic boom.

A project initiation workshop took place in Paris (France) in the middle of December where the participants discussed the key priorities. TsAGI Director General and Academician Sergey Chernyshev described the Institute’s role in RUMBLE and stressed the importance of such initiatives for the global air transport industry.

“Existing achievements of Russian scientists will be an important contribution in setting standards on the level of sonic boom,” Dr. Chernyshev noted. “Research on high-speed aircraft is one of TsAGI’s priorities, especially with international cooperation. HEXAFLY-INT and HISAC are good examples of this cooperation. The RUMBLE theme is extremely interesting and gives an opportunity to increase our knowledge for domestic aviation.”

Sergey Chernyshev also announced the forthcoming International Conference on High-speed Vehicle Science & Technology (HiSST) of which TsAGI is the organizer. The Conference will take place with the support of CEAS (the Council of European Aerospace Societies) next November in Moscow and with be timed to the 100th Anniversary of the Institute.

RUMBLE (RegUlation and norm for low sonic Boom Levels) is a project of the EU Framework Program “Horizon 2020.” It starts in December and will lass for three years.

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