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UECs General Designer has informed the participants of the World Festival of Youth and Students about the key development trends of Russian engine building

Site news 25.10.2017

Moscow, October 25, 2017

During the World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) Yury Shmotin, Deputy General Director General Designer of United Engine Corporation (a Rostec State Corporation Company), told the participants of the academic program and debate Aviation of the Future about the main development tendencies of Russian engine building industry and the key programs implemented by UEC.

The speech was made within the framework of the panel discussion “Development Prospects and Tendencies of World Aircraft Industry”.

“The range of products of United Engine Corporation is rather wide: we do not work only in the aviation sector, though aircraft engines make 74% of UEC’s overall volume of sales. 21% is industrial gas-turbine engines; 2% is for each of the engine types: marine engines and special-purpose engines, about 1% is engines for space, – said Yury Shmotin. – Our main objective and our main task are to satisfy the customer’s requirements at all product life cycle stages, and it is not the question of today only, it also deals with the requirements that will be tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, in 20 years. Reduced specific fuel consumption, noise, flying cost per hour, increased efficiency are the challenges we are facing today. In order to meet them we have to introduce constructive, industrial solutions, new materials as well as effective management technologies”.

With wide cooperation of UEC’s enterprises, work aimed at the formation of technology advance is in progress for the so-called “critical” technologies required to create new competitive engines. The key fields are additive technologies, advanced high-temperature materials (ceramic matrix composites, intermetallics), polymer composite materials, a low-emission combustion chamber, supercomputer calculations, “electric engine” technologies, etc.

“When developing advanced engines, we, for example, seek to reduce the total number of parts, – pointed out Yury Shmotin. – We see that in some cases the application of additive technologies allows us to replace 200 parts by 10, and it is a substantial saving in terms of tooling, production cost and time”. 

Speaking about polymer composite materials, UEC’s General Designer mentioned that the introduction of parts made of these materials into the BOM of aircraft gas turbine engines allowed a significant improvement in the major characteristics of products: first of all, weight reduction. The main application area of polymer materials is blades and fan cases, acoustic panels and nacelle parts.    

Supercomputer technologies make it possible to reach a critically new level of analytical engineering. Yury Shmotin mentioned the supercomputer center “Saturn-100” located at UEC-Saturn as an example of strengthening the IT-potential of Russian engine building industry. It is used to carry out complicated, time-consuming, resource-intensive computations. The total peak capacity of the modular data processing center is 114.5Tflops, the integral capacity of the ram memory is 14.5TB.

“The application of supercomputer technologies will let us decrease the scope of engine field tests more than by half”, – pointed out UEC’s General Designer.

Yury Shmotin also spoke about the status of some holding’s key projects aimed at the development of new aircraft engines, in particular, about the PD-14 Program – a baseline turbofan engine designed for the advanced Russian airliner MS-21-300.

“In 2018 we are going to obtain a Type Certificate for PD-14, – said Yury Shmotin. – A lot of serious tests have already been completed: last month gregarious bird ingestion tests, fan blade out engineering tests as well as a very serious shaft distribution test were performed at the open air test bench in Rybinsk. In addition to the implementation of the PD-14 Program, UEC has a task to develop PD-35, a civil high-thrust engine”.

The stream “Aviation of the Future” became a platform for young specialists and students of specialized universities, where they discussed innovative technologies and advanced projects in world aviation industry. UEC was a participant and one of the initiators of the program.

“I have come to this festival because it is a wonderful opportunity for exchange of opinions about the future of aviation with representatives of different countries. I have some ideas, here I can become familiar with other people’s ideas. I hope that many of the participants of this program will take part in building the future of the industry and will meet again when they translate their intentions into actions”, – said Ahmed Moharam, a young aviation engineer from Egypt, who studies at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

“It was very interesting for me to learn about different advanced aviation systems, about power plant systems. Most of all I liked the discussion about the way to go over to more ecological “green” aviation”, – pointed out Cheytanya, a student from India, who is completing a course of mechanical engineering in his country.

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 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 industry’s companies by introducing new technologies meeting the world-class standards.

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. The corporation comprises 700 companies, which form 11 defense-industrial and 3 civil industry holdings as well as 80 direct control companies. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and deliver their products to over 70 countries worldwide. The Rostec portfolio spans such renowned brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA, Uralvagonzavod and others. Rostec's consolidated revenue reached 1 trillion rubles in 2016. Rostec's consolidated net revenue reached 88 billion rubles, and EBITDA reached 268 billion rubles in 2016. The corporation's average salary in 2016 amounted 44 000 rubles. Following Rostec's new strategy, the major objective of the Corporation is to ensure the technological advantage of Russia at the competitive world markets. The implementation of a new technological wave and digitalization of Russian economics are among Rostec's tasks.




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