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TsAGI, WCRC ‘Supersonic’ at 3rd Young Scientists Congress: Future in Cooperation of Science, Industry, Education

4 December 2023

Dialogue between science, education and business is a cradle of new initiatives and implementation of advanced projects and developments. The 3rd Young Scientists Congress was a discussion platform for national development in research and technology. It was organized by the NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”, TsAGI (a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute” and a partner of the Congress), and the WCRC ‘Supersonic’ (the WCRC is coordinated by TsAGI). The Congress was held from November 28 to 30 at Sirius Federal Territory, Sochi.

The Congress was attended by Andrey Dutov, General Director at the NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”; Sergey Chernyshev, Chief Scientific Officer at TsAGI, Head of the WCRC ‘Supersonic’ Laboratory, Vice-President and Academician of the RAS; and Elena Pudalova, Deputy Head of the WCRC ‘Supersonic’.

With support by TsAGI Center for Transferring Technologies, the Congress organized an expo of TsAGI’s innovative developments. It gave a first-ever demonstration of an automatic calibration device with a completely new test accuracy. The expo also showed a real-time operation of quick reparation tools for polymer composite structures. Its another unique showpiece was the upgraded high-temperature heater providing structural tests at temperatures exceeding 2 thousand K. The expo also presented advantages of mobile climatic chambers created at TsAGI for autonomous tests of large technologies for Arctic operability. These innovative developments have already been used to solve relevant R&T problems by different industries.

The Congress informed interactively on TsAGI’s role in contemporary aircraft industry and on WCRC ‘Supersonic’ research by showing a teaser, Modeling Future Together: Cooperation Between Science, Industry and Education (Consortia 2.0), on a display video wall.

The Congress had a number of activities involving the WCRC ‘Supersonic’. The WCRC co-organized a roundtable, WCRC Best Practices in International Research Projects, with Russia’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the RAS. Moderated by Sergey Chernyshev, the roundtable focused on integrating the world-class research center and world-class mathematical centers with the industry, and on the centers’ contribution to international research. The experts exchanged their opinions on the breakthrough challenges of the contemporary geopolitical situation. The Congress also hosted another roundtable, Best Practices of Research-and-Educational Centers 2023, which overviewed best cases of implemented R&T projects and the further plans of their promotion. The roundtable discussed activities of Research-and-Educational Centers—the consortia based on integration of competencies and capabilities of education, science, industry and business. Long-term development of such centers is a prerequisite for domestic progress in research and technology.

A core point of the WCRC ‘Supersonic’ agenda was the strategic session, Modeling Future Together: Cooperation Between Science, Industry and Education (Consortia 2.0). The session discussed proposals on developing research-and-technology and educational consortia, such as the WCRC ‘Supersonic’, aiming to implement the national project, Science and Universities. The session established cooperation for joint development of world-class research center, world-class mathematical centers, and research-and-educational centers. It continued the pre-Congress meeting of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which gathered heads of world-class research and mathematical centers.

‘Establishing the WCRC ‘Supersonic’ is a milestone event for domestic aviation science in the recent years, and a strategic area for TsAGI, which initiated this establishment. The WCRC has an ambitious challenge of making Russia internationally competitive in supersonic flight. Its scientists have already achieved great progress; we report on it regularly at different events, such as the Congress. Yet there is need to progress further, and the strategic session is an effective way to assess science consortia’s best practices enabling the progress,’ said Sergey Chernyshev.

Sergey Chernyshev gave a lecture, Contemporary Challenges in Aircraft Engineering and Development of Technological Advance, which considered the influence of current challenges on domestic aircraft. He spoke on global aircraft requirements, such as increased flight safety and environmental performance, and emphasized the importance of stronger technological sovereignty in the area, and the essential role in solving tasks in aviation science represented primarily by close cooperation between the RAS and the NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”.

Sergey Chernyshev also participated in the special project, Science Lounge: 100 Questions to the Academician, where he answered personally to the questions of young scientists taking part in the Congress. They discussed such topics as composite research, turbulence and activities of schools of science.

Young Scientists Congress is a key event in the Decade of Science and Technologies declared by Russian President for increasing role of science and technologies in the key challenges of developing the society and the country. The Congress is the largest platform for dialogue between cutting-edge science, applied science, authorities and real economy; it sets the major trends for Russia’s R&T development.

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