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Research and education in aircraft design

Проект, посвящённый исследованию обтекания крыла и возможности улучшения его характеристик на сверхзвуковых скоростях стал победоносным для студента шестого курса ФАЛТ МФТИ Никиты Агеева на десятой конференции Research and education in aircraft design. Конференция, основанная в 1994 году учёными из ЦАГИ и многих стран восточной европ ы, каждые два года собирает молодых специалистов в области авиации под своё крыло. На конференции можно было было встретить участников из Германии, Великобретании, Франции, Чехии, Польши, Венгрии, Литвы, Японии, Австралии  и России. Честь нашей страны защищали четыре студента ФАЛТа: Виталий Кобцев, Ира Губанова, Сергей Лёвин и Никита Агеев, ставший ,в итоге, первым среди равных.

"Я занимаюсь этой проблемой уже три года. Перед конференцией я просто обобщил все результаты" - делится Никита: "Работу оценили, несмотря на то, что уровень соперников был очень высоким". По его словам, на конференции было рассмотрено и предложено множество интересных концепций, некоторые из которых могут стать настоящим будущим авиации. "Залогом моей победы стало то, что за время, которое я занимаюсь этой работой я успел несколько раз её переосмыслить и досконально в ней разобраться" - вспоминает он: "И, конечно, то, что на занятих английским в институте меня научили грамотно делать презентации и подавать себя".

Что ж, будем надеяться, что победа станет для Никиты началом великого пути. Пожелаем ему удачи и высокого полёта!



А теперь предлагаем вашему вниманию впечатления участников поездки, написанные на английском языке:

Part I (From Sergey Lyovin)

- I've received the call for papers from Brno University of Technology. Don't you want to go there to take part in the conference? - Once said Sergey Serokhvostov to us.

- Hmmm... Yes! Why not?

And it was right decision! The only thing you need to have the ability to converse with your foreign colleagues, to experience the atmosphere of the European science and education, to travel as a business person, to improve your English presentation skill and just to have interesting journey is only your will! Fortunately today is not a problem for the MIPT student to go abroad with the educational or researching purpose. Moreover, it is very useful for the young scientist to expand his outlook by taking part in the conferences both national and foreign. As far as money goes, for the young scientist in Russia there is a branch of grants in RFBR allowing you to refund your traveling and living expenses. So if you decided to go to the conference abroad but don't know how to do it we'll tell you!

The conference READ 2012 (Research and education in aircraft design) have taken place in Brno city, Czech Republic, 17-19th October 2012. The call for papers was sent half a year before, in May 2012, so we had enough time to prepare and send our abstracts. The main part of us made a report based on bachelor diploma. After some preliminary work concerned with hotels and tickets booking and visa application, we were ready to go there. To begin with, it's worth noticing, that it is not as difficult to organize to go to the conference, especially when you are a group of three or more. It takes you no more than few days, but you get tons of experience and fun, being there in foreign country and listening language, seeing sights and reporting your presentation. Let's now move to the conference itself. The main part of participants were PhD students and University teachers from UK, Italy, Germany, Poland and even Japan, so we had an ability to get to know more closely the main problem trends which are under consideration now in European aircraft design science. From the other hand, we were not only the one group from Russia there, specifically from TsAGI, so we could see that the problems which are being studied in Russia are also quite actual and interesting abroad. The first day of the conference ended with the social evening, with the dinner and national Czech music from the local students. There were the most part of the participants, some of them appeared to be old friends and already met at the READ conference many times, there was also a group from Samara Aerospace University - a piece of native language and faces, we became friends quite fast. On that evening we also aquatinted with the PhD student from Greece - Stavros. He is developing a human driven flying vehicle. Stavros showed us round the Brno pubs next evening, exciting places, definitely!

The second day was the day of student section and our turn to report. It was one of those days when you really feel the gratitude to our foreign languages department. To hold the presentation there was just as it was on my forth year exam, and even simpler, because you know now that you can do that. But it worth saying, that the level of English was rather high for all of the participants. All the participants had clear and fluent speech and presented quite fast and interesting. So there was something to learn from our colleagues. Meanwhile we had presented and all the official part was ended. As a result of the student section contest, one of us - Nikita Ageev - was awarded for the best report and research. It was only two days of conference, but our trip wasn't ended. We decided to look round the Brno sights and afterwards went to Vienna - wonderful, beautiful and unforgettable city. But it's "completely different story".

To sum up it was days full of new places, ideas and people. Thanks a lot for our scientific adviser Sergey V. Serokhvostov and our responsive and wise foreign language department head Elena V. Biryukova for helping us with the abstracts translation. And instead of goodbye I'd like to say, that every student must experience it, while studying here on our favorite and honorable Department of Aeromechanics and Flight Engineering!


Part II (From Ageev Nikita)

My part of the story will be devoted to scientific part of the conference. There were 49 reports at the event. As far as you know, conference is named "Research and Education in Aircraft Design". So, all of the reports can be divided into 2 categories: research reports and education reports. Second ones were not very useful for us. They were oriented at lecturers, tutors, vice-deans and deans and usually described education methods, programs and life in some universities.
Research reports were much more interesting. They were distributed into 5 main sections: aerodynamics and flight dynamics, design and structures, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), trajectories and systems, safety reliability and propulsion. Besides of the sections there were some interesting keynote speeches about project management, aircraft survivability (it was read by Ray Whitford, author of the
 “ Design for air combat” book, lecturer for fighter aircraft design in some English Universities) and other exciting topics.   Conference was held in 2 rooms simultaneously, so one person could listen only half of the reports. I was really interested in aerodynamics and flight dynamics and UAVs sections, so I've chosen so-called room A for all the days of the conference. Conference was held in Brno Technical University rectorate - historical and very cute building with the covered patio. Room A was an ex-church in the building with a real organ! Almost all the topics of the reports were concerned with our research topics, so our Department is at the world trade of aerospace science. Main part of the aerodynamics section was devoted to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) research and optimization of modern and original technical desicions, mainly with the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) codes such as CFX, Fluent, Star-CD with different turbulence models and genetic algorithms. I really excited by some reports devoted to new ways of Lift-to-Drag ratio increase with new concept of energy-effective blowing (made by our friend Stavros) and flight dynamics problems of the tandem wing configuration. I think, application of these 2 works can significantly increase flight performance of micro UAVs and small aircrafts.   UAVs section was especially interesting for Sergey and Vitaly (they saw and discussed some programming and electronic troubles), but we've also seen in the correspondence between our and world trades of the research. Warsaw university presented their miniUAV (maximum take off weight MTOW~100kg), we also try to produce UAV, but just a little smaller.  

To conclude I'd like to say that conference was really useful for our professional and communication skills and thank S.V. Serokhvostov for our inspiration and our foreign language department for my English presentation skills.


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