MAI at the ICASSE 2019 in Toronto
III International Conference on Aerospace System Science and Engineering 2019 (ICASSE 2019) was held from July 30 to August 1, in Toronto, Canada. The scientific event was organized by the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), Department of Astronautics and Aeronautics of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), and Department 101 “Design and Certification of Aviation Equipment” of Moscow Aviation Institute. The event was dedicated to current research and development in the aerospace industry.
The conference was attended by about 100 leading scientists and specialists in aerospace research from Russia, China, Canada and the USA. The MAI delegation consisting of 4 students from the joint MAI-SJTU master's degree program and 3 employees of Faculty No. 1 “Aircraft Engineering” was headed by the leader of Research Laboratory 101, Candidate of Technical Sciences Dmitry Strelets.
This year, the organizers of the conference decided to focus on propulsion issues. Among the main tasks of the aerospace industry highlighted at the event were problems related to navigation satellite systems, structural strength (including composite materials), unmanned aerial vehicles, supersonic passenger aircraft (reducing engine noise, designing supersonic air intakes), improvement of engine blades’ cooling systems, etc. The fundamental difference between the ICASSE 2019 conference from the two previous ones was that it was held on the basis of the host university. Thereby, the participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the university atmosphere, get acquainted with the campus and laboratories of the educational institution.
At the ICASSE 2019, plenary speeches were made by UTIAS Director, Professor Christopher J. Damaren, Professor Zhongliang Jing of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Dmitry Strelets, who highlighted the topic "The Concept of Supersonic Passenger Aircraft Prototype in the Near Future with Engines Based on Existing Gas Generators." The program and technical committees of the conference, which included the professors of the Moscow Aviation Institute, took part in the review of articles sent to the organizing committee of the conference (the assistant to the Department 101 Maxim Shkurin was included in the organizing committee).
Within the framework of the conference, a competition for the best student work was held. One of the winners was Svetlana Koval, a student of the MAI-SJTU joint Master's degree program with the work “Optimization of a Supersonic Inlet Device”.
“Science cannot live in an isolated world, otherwise you run the risk of being uncompetitive. Thanks to such events, a research environment is being realized where scientists from different countries have the opportunity to exchange views, clarify the objectives for their research and share the results. Moreover, the problems of the modern aerospace world are so complex that joining forces to solve them is simply necessary. The conference gave us the opportunity to build a strong friendship with the University of Toronto and discuss further options for cooperation, such as academic exchange, the creation of joint master's programs, various studies based on common problems, joint scientific publications in rating journals,” - said Dmitry Strelets.
At the end of the conference, a collection of works will be published and included in Scopus - the largest bibliographic and abstract database designed to track the citation of articles published in scientific journals. The best works will be published in Springer's Aerospace Systems magazine.
It is also worth to mention that at the ICASSE 2019, a meeting of the editorial board of Aerospace Systems magazine was held, where issues of further development of the conference were considered. According to preliminary data, the ICASSE 2020 will be held on the base of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.