NPO Saturn’s Research and Development Office is the largest one in Russia with up-to-date scientific-research base, prototype production, test facilities, equipped with the most advanced hardware and newest technologies. R&D Office competencies comprise the whole engine creation (integration), gas-turbine modules development, including LPC and LPT of 5th generation engines, such as SaM146, PD-14, engine for PAK FA, special-purpose engines for UAS.
NPO Saturn’s R&D Office is the one of leading Russian center developing the engineering science in gas-turbine technologies. R&D Office has a range of scientific directions (schools) where above 50 specialists with science-degrees (Candidate and Doctor of Engineering) are working. NPO Saturn engages both industrial research institutes, such as TsIAM, VIAM, VILS, TsAGI, institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and higher education establishments: MAI, RGATU, PNIPU and other.
NPO Saturn uses the end-to-end development process on the base of 3D steady and unsteady gas-dynamic, thermal and mechanical analysis, as well as 3D computer models, digital mock-ups. Pluridisciplinary optimization methods are widely used. NPO Saturn uses automated control system for engineering and technological documentation administration.
NPO Saturn realizes the program of creation a research-and-technology backlog, including one in the sphere of industrial critical technologies, such as development and adaptation the composite materials for fun parts of the SaM146 engine, high-temperature materials, including non-metallic and intermetallic compounds for HPT, combustion chamber and LPT of SaM146 engine, engine for PAK FA, engines for UAS, industrial gas turbines and other.
NPO Saturn’s Test Base includes 18 rigs for tests of aviation, industrial and marine gas-turbine engines, 49 plants for unit debugging. Test Base enables to make the complete system of engineering, acceptance and certification tests in accordance with National, European and North-American standards and has no counterparts in Russia and Europe.