International Session of AviaSpace-2019 was held in MAI

22 November 2019

On November 21, in the framework of the VI International Week of Aerospace Technologies “Aerospace Science Week”, the International Session of “Aviation and Cosmonautics” (AviaSpace-2019) conference was held at Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University).

The International Session, which was attended by 7 experts in aerospace science from Europe and Asia, was held as part of the Aerospace Science Week (ASW). The moderator of the event was Yury Ravikovich, Vice-Rector for Scientific Affairs of MAI. In his welcoming speech to the session participants, Yuri Alexandrovich noted: “This year we decided to change the format of the global program of the annual conference“ Aviation and Cosmonautics ”: we invited foreign guests whom we consider to be our closest partners and organized an international session.”

Presentations at the International Session were made by both experienced researchers and young scientists. Giuseppe Sala, a specialist in the field of aerospace technologies and materials, Director of the Aerospace Faculty at the Politecnico di Milano, was the first to give a talk and presented his research on structural and technological issues in the field of morphing surfaces design. Following him, Adrian Olaru, a professor at the University Politehnica Bucharest, shared his experience on the topic of multi objective optimization of the dynamic behavior in robotics.

Moscow Aviation Institute was represented at the international session by Professor Alexander Efremov, Doctor of Technical Sciences and Dean of MAI School “Aircraft Engineering”. In his report, he told colleagues and numerous representatives of student community about modern challenges of aircraft development and about the ways for solving them, which are being worked out and implemented at the university today.

Astrophysicist Frank Jansen, representative of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), spoke in his report on the current status of international nuclear power and propulsion system flagship, and about future high power space transportation. It is worth noting that last year an agreement on cooperation was concluded between MAI and DLR, and on the eve of the International Session, a meeting was held between two partners, at which joint projects in the field of satellite systems and the creation of an interplanetary spacecraft were discussed.

A group of young researchers was represented by a postgraduate student of Zhejiang University Lifang Zeng and Michal Klusachek, a staff member at the University of Stuttgart. In her report, Lifang Zeng explored a multi-objective approach covering two flight conditions for S-duct inlets design. Michal Klusachek spoke about his scientific work on the design of a rotor supported by aerodynamic bearings.

Researcher Tom Mallon, Managing Director of Resonate Testing Ltd (Ireland), presented at Moscow Aviation Institute not only his research at the International Session, but also gave a fundamental lecture on current best practice when assessing and demonstrating fire testing compliance for Civil Propulsion System. Tom Mallon is one of the leaders of the expert group on certification of modern aircraft engines in the European community and came to the Moscow Aviation Institute specially to participate at the ASW and to talk about his work. 

Now, Moscow Aviation Institute is actively expanding international cooperation: the number of international students is growing, a network of foreign partners is developing, the number of international events and the presence on world platforms are increasing. This suggests that interest in the Russian educational and scientific system is also growing in the world. The international session became a platform in which representatives of world scientific centers, universities and the student community were able to gain new experience and knowledge, find useful contacts to expand their scientific links.

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