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CIAM at MAKS-2019

12 September 2019

CIAM at MAKS-2019

MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon, held in Zhukovsky, Moscow region, completed its work on 1 September 2019.

CIAM presented its latest developments at the joint exhibition stand of the National Research Center "Zhukovsky Institute" organizations.

Among the VIP guests to visit the stand were the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The exposition’s eye catcher was a model of a flying laboratory based on the Yak-40 aircraft for testing a 500 kW high-temperature superconducting hybrid power plant demonstrator. The tests are scheduled for 2020. The advanced hybrid power plant will be used on 9-18-seater aircraft for regional transport.

The aircraft electrification topic was complemented by a 60 kW all-electric hydrogen fuel cell power plant demonstrator. The MAKS visitors curious to see for which aircraft the engine was designed, could visit the static display where a demonstrator of a light manned Sigma-4 two-seat aircraft with an electric power plant was exhibited.

Continuing with the electricity theme, a strategic trilateral agreement was signed at MAKS between CIAM, the Ufa State Aviation Technical University (USATU) and the «Kristall» Design Bureau. The priority plans for cooperation, as outlined by the Director General of CIAM Mikhail Gordin, the Director General of the “Kristall” Design Bureau and the Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation of USATU Georgy Ageyev, include basic and applied research in the field of hybrid and electric engines, as well as the development of a 520 kW electric engine, its tests, production and introduction into service.

At the stand, a number of CIAM developments was also presented in the field of fuel-efficient engines of new configurations for small aircraft. For example, the TRD-60 experimental gas turbine engine. Its weight is only 20 kg, thrust – 0.65 kN. On the basis of the engine demonstrator designs of various configurations have already been developed for installation on light aircraft and helicopters. Thanks to less vibration and noise, altitudes up to 12 km and high thrust-to-weight ratio, the engine creates a higher level of comfort for the aircraft passengers.

Another eye catcher was a rotary-piston engine with components from new generation materials – inter- and metall-ceramic matrix composite materials created using powder metallurgy technologies. Their main advantages are corrosion resistance and the ability to withstand extreme loads and temperatures.

A part of the exposition was devoted to the results of CIAM research in the field of application of additive manufacturing technologies for the creation of advanced aircraft engines. The Institute exhibited light-weight gas turbine blades, elements of premixing swirlers of combustion chambers and a new generation heat exchanger.

At MAKS, the Institute received several awards. The joint stand of the National Research Center "Zhukovsky Institute" organizations became a winner in 2 nominations of the ‘Golden Wings MAKS-2019” contest: Innovative Project and Event. Another highlight was the «Aircraft Builder of the Year 2018» diploma awarded to CIAM by the Union of the Aviation Industrialists of Russia. On behalf of the Institute, it was received by the official representative of the Russian Federation in the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), head of sector of CIAM Artur Mirzoyan.