Site news 13.06.2013
June 13, 2013, Rybinsk. – The main result of the NPO Saturn research-and-technology council, created slightly over a year ago (in May 2012) is a list of critical technologies whose development and mastering are essential for the company to stay competitive and confirm its leadership in the future.
The following are the technologies considered critical and for which the full-scale research is either already underway or will start in the nearest future:
1. Short-term perspective:
- low-emission combustion chambers for turbofans and gas turbine power plants with a multi-contour control of fuel consumption through frontal devices;
- high-temperature alloys and intermetallic compound-matrix composite materials for the engine hot section;
- anti-oxidation and thermal-barrier coatings that can withstand the temperatures over 1250 °С;
- polymer-matrix composite materials for the engine cold section.
2. Mid-term perspective:
- dry rotor supports made of non-metallic friction / rolling pairs with magnetic suspension;
- engine digital automatic control and diagnostics systems;
- new methods of process experimental research for component development.
3. Long-term perspective:
- prospective engine configurations with a possibility of performance upgrade for civil and military engines.
“It is important not only to know your niche in the nomenclature of products sold on the market these days, - believes NPO Saturn general designer Yuriy Shmotin, - it is important to create a research-and-technology backlog for their further development. We are operating on the global market where the level of competition is very high. To be able to catch up with the gas turbine machinery market leaders or, better yet, outperform them, we need to be able to manage the concept of research-and-technology backlog”.
Many years of NPO Saturn’s activity dedicated to improving its already existing products and developing new engines as well as to creating a research-and-technology backlog have allowed the company to engineer critical technologies and basic design of the main components for the engines of the 5th generation:
- the core of the prospective frontline aviation complex;
- the low-pressure section components of the prospective frontline aviation complex;
- the core of the prospective engine for civil, military and long-haul aviation;
- the low-pressure section components of the prospective engine for civil, military and long-haul aviation.
Besides its main application, the created research-and-technology backlog is successfully used in the development of modern industrial and marine gas turbine engines.
Research and production association Saturn OJSC is an engine-building company specialized in design and development, production and after-market support of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, Navy boats and power-generating plants and gas-pumping units. NPO Saturn is part of United Engine Corporation.
Managing company United Engine Corporation OJSC is a subsidiary of UIC OBORONPROM OJSC. The UEC structure integrates over 85% of Russia’s leading companies specialized in design and development, serial production and after-market support of gas turbine machinery, as well as the key enterprises – the industry’s integral players. One of the UEC’s prioritized fields of activity is the implementation of comprehensive programs of development of the companies in the industry by introducing the world-class new technologies.
United Industrial Corporation OBORONPROM OJSC is a multi-field machine-building group created in 2002. It is part of Rostec. The main fields of activity – helicopter building (the Russian Helicopters holding), engine building (the UEC holding) and other assets.
Rostec is a Russian corporation created in 2007 with the goal to facilitate the design and development, production and export of high-tech industrial products of civil and military application. It incorporates 663 organizations which are currently grouped in 12 holding companies in the defense-industrial complex and 5 in civil branches of the industry. The Rostec-controlled companies are located in 60 regions of the Russian Federation and deliver their products to the markets of over 70 countries of the world. Over 900 thousand people are employed by the Rostec companies which constitutes roughly 2% of Russia’s employable population. The net profit in 2011 equaled 45.6 billion rubles, the amount of tax paid to the budgets of all levels has reached 100 billion rubles.