Georgy Konyukhov – Deputy General Designer and Chief Designer of the SaM146 Project at Saturn Scientific Production Centre – Chosen Person of the Year by the OBORONPROM Corporation

December 27, 2010, Rybinsk – Based on OBORONPROM group’s results for 2010, deputy general designer and chief designer of Saturn Scientific Production Centre’s SaM146 project Georgy Konyukhov was named the winner in the category OBORONPROM Corporation’s Person of the Year. This was to recognize Georgy Konyukhov’s contribution to the successful certification of the SaM146 engine according to EASA standards. Georgy Mikhaylovich Konyukhov has 38 years of experience in the field.

After graduating from the Rybinsk Aviation Technology Institute in 1972, Georgy Mikhalovich was hired as an engineer-designer in the design department at the Rybinsk Motor-building Development Laboratory. In 1973 he qualified as a third-rank engineer-designer, in 1977 – as a second-rank, and in 1987 – as a first-rank. From 1991 to 2000, he worked as the head of the design department. In 2001, Mr. Konyukhov was named deputy general designer and chief designer for prospective developments. From 2004 to the present, he has worked as deputy general designer and chief designer of the SaM146 engine, which was developed together with the French company Snecma for SSJ100 aircraft produces by GSS.

Under Mr. Konyuhov’s leadership and with his direct participation, work has been completed within the framework of the state contract for ‘Development of the SaM146 Bypass Turbofan Engine for the Russian Regional Aircraft Fleet’, using modern CAD/CAM and CDE systems to complete the technical project on the engine and develop the design documentation. The project included the management of design information with connection to dozens of domestic and, mainly, foreign co-developers and providers of services, materials, standard parts and components from the USA, Canada, and Europe, confirming the technical definition of the engine.

Georgy Mikhaylovich personally took part in the preparation for production of the newest engine and the manufacture of eight development prototypes; under his leadership there were more than 30 reassemblies, and improvements made to the technical production of component parts, as well as design improvements as a result of engine tests.

A full range of flight and certification tests was carried out on the engine, including unique ones carried out successfully in Russia under control by European experts for the first time, such as the injection of large hailstones, ice slabs, and large flocks of birds, and fan blade strip. On the basis of these tests, all the engine’s stated characteristics were confirmed, on power levels, fuel economy, emissions, noise levels, fail-safe features, and resources.

In accordance with European requirements, a package of certification records based on tests and research has been confirmed with EASA.

This is the first time that an engine developed within the framework of the Russian and European cooperation was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee.