Site news 26.03.2015
March 26, 2015, Rybinsk. - The purpose and prospects of refractory nickel-base alloys of the new generation, high-temperature intermetallic compounds and the theory and practice in the field of ceramic composites were the main subjects of the “High-temperature materials” section at the ITF 2015 held in Rybinsk.
14 dedicated presentations were made in the course of the section’s two-day program by the experts representing NPO Saturn, Composite, the Fraunhofer FEP, the Institute for the Solid State Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Polema, TsNIIM and the Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnic University. The discussion was focused on the prospects and directions of development of high-temperature materials in Russia as well as technical requirements and operating characteristics needed by design engineers. The attendees also touched upon the problems of development, testing and qualification of materials. The foreign specialists made presentations on the prospective technologies of electron-beam coating application onto gas turbine blades and spoke about the fields of application for cobalt-base superalloys.
According to the section moderator Sergey Grishikhin, project manager of a project focused on high-temperature alloys and composite materials in the technical direction of NPO Saturn, “improvement of specific performance of the existing gas turbine engines and gas turbine power plants as well as the creation of prospective gas turbine machinery is feasible only with the replacement of refractory nickel-base allows with high-temperature materials. To us, structural high-temperature materials are the materials based on metallic, intermetallic and ceramic matrices. They are capable of staying operable under the impact of cyclic thermal, mechanical and vibratory stress under material operating temperatures over 1250С. Their development meeting specific objectives set by the product designer requires a consolidation of efforts of many fields of the science and technology community and, no question, a continuous targeted state support of the R&D activities. According to the feedback we’ve received from the section participants, such meetings at which design engineers pose concrete problems, where the discussion is focused on the theory, practice and problems of introducing high-temperature composite materials are very useful and must be organized on a regular basis. Saturn is interested in expanding collaboration not only with the RAS institutions but also with the centers of research and production as well as with investment companies. I’d like to highlight the significance of every presentation made during the section and thank our colleagues for such an efficient visit.”
The NPO Saturn Research and Production Association (OJSC) is an engine-manufacturing company specialized in the design and development, production, and after-market support of gas turbine engines for military and commercial aviation, naval ships, and power-generating plants and gas-pumping units. The association is part of the Union of Russian Mechanical Engineers, an All-Russian public organization.
NPO Saturn is part of United Engine Corporation (JSC) and acts as the leader of the Commercial Engines Division, a business unit of UEC founded on 09.10.2012 as a result of integration of the following companies: NPO Saturn (OJSC), Aviadvigatel (OJSC), PMZ (OJSC), Metallist-PM (CJSC), Energetik-PM (OJSC), Motoservis-PM (CJSC), and Zheleznodorozhnik-PM (CJSC).
United Engine Corporation (JSC) (a Rostec State Corporation company) is an integrated organization specialized in the design and development, serial production, and after-market support of the engines for military and commercial aviation, space programs, the Navy, as well as for the oil and gas industry, and power generation. One of UEC’s prioritized fields of activity is the implementation of comprehensive programs of development of the companies in the industry by introducing new technologies meeting the world-class standards. In 2013 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 158.9 billion.
The Rostec State Corporation is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing, and export of high-technology industrial products of military and commercial application. Today, it comprises over 700 companies, which form 9 defense-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings, as well as 22 direct control companies. The Rostec portfolio includes such renowned brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA, etc. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and deliver their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2013 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 1.04 trillion. Total taxation exceeded RUB 138 billion.