CIAM researchers at the Anniversary ICAS-2016 International Congress in South Korea
On September 25-30, representatives of the Central Institute of Aviation Motors named after P.I. Baranov (CIAM, part of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”) participated in the 30th Congress of the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences ICAS-2016, held this year in the South Korean city of Daejeon.
The Anniversary ICAS International Congress was held two years after the 29th Congress, which for the first time took place in Russia. When giving an assessment of the two events, their permanent partner, Head of the Aircraft Power Plant Operation Efficiency Assessment Sector, A. A. Mirzoyan, pointed out that the ICAS Congress in St. Petersburg partly marked a turning point in the Congress history: it is in Russia that the general topics of the meetings, which had mainly been related to aircraft, underwent a dramatic change. The active participation of CIAM's researchers in the "Russian" ICAS work resulted in a significant increase in the number of presentations on propulsion engineering technologies.
"This was also due to the fact that aviation development is becoming more dependent on the optimal coordination between the aircraft and the engine (as well as the power plant in general). This is why presentations dealing with the global matters of integrated aircraft and power plant design were delivered at the ICAS Congress in Daejeon, unlike many other specialized conferences. In particular, the topic of two meetings was hybrid, electric, and distributed power plants. We hope that these engines will help the aircraft industry achieve its ambitious environmental and technical goals," Artur Amazaspovich commented on the trends.
A topical issue of the presentations delivered at the Congress, in many ways determining the outcome of the design of integrated aircraft and power plant configurations, became the development of systems for mutual (joint) aircraft design and multidisciplinary optimization (MDO) in a distributed environment. This issue was covered in a number of presentations, including those by CIAM, the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, and experts from many European countries, who are partners in the AGILE project (part of the Horizon 2020 European research program).
Also noteworthy is the inclusion into the Congress program of the presentation by the academic advisor, Deputy CEO of CIAM A. I. Lanshin, on establishing a foundation for the design of future power plants for long-haul aircraft. The topics covered in his presentation were discussed in more detail in nine CIAM researchers' presentations at panel meetings. Many Congress participants noted that all the presentations by CIAM representatives were made at a high scientific level and triggered a lively discussion.
The participation of young researchers in scientific forums at such a high international level is of paramount importance for CIAM. It is for this reason that about half of the presentations for the ICAS Congress were prepared by the Institute's postgraduate students or young researchers.
It is only natural that many technological innovations were presented in a country that is famous for its advanced digital technologies and has one of the most advanced and complex IT infrastructures in the world. Thus, one of the innovations for the Korean Congress participants was the chance to download a special application for interactive access to the Congress program and presentations from a mobile phone. As a reminder, the interactive electronic form of presentation delivery using large touchscreens, proposed by CIAM, was an innovative and efficient way of working at the Congress held in Russia in 2014. This presentation format appeared to be very convenient for both the presenters and the audience.
In addition to the scientific program, the Congress also included technical tours to Korean aerospace centers.
The next Congress will be held in September 2018 in Brazil, and CIAM's researchers are going to prepare and deliver scientific presentations covering the results of work to be conducted in the Institute.
ICAS is currently the largest association of aerospace researchers and experts, which includes all the world's leading aerospace companies and research centers.
The International Council of Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) was founded in 1957 by the famous researcher Theodore von Kármán. The main goals of ICAS are to stimulate international collaboration of aeronautical engineers in all specialization areas, to outline the main trends throughout the aircraft industry, and to get young people involved in the aeronautical community. ICAS currently provides international support to representatives of professional aviation groups and associated organizations.
As of today, ICAS members are represented by aviation associations of 29 countries, including Russia. The official organization currently representing Russia in ICAS is the N. E. Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI).
Since early 2000s, ICAS began to admit so-called associate members; today their list includes 36 research organizations and production companies, including Boeing, Airbus, Safran, and many others. In 2005, CIAM became the first associate Russian member of ICAS.
Together with the Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute, CIAM is gradually expanding its presence in ICAS. CIAM's representative was accepted into the Congress Program Committee, which allowed a closer relationship with ICAS and brought CIAM's researchers' participation in the Congress to an entirely new level.