June 13, 2013, Rybinsk — The main output of the science-technical committee founded by NPO Saturn just over a year ago, in May 2012, has been to create a list of critical technologies, the development and implementation of which are essential to ensure the company’s competitiveness and ability to attain a leading position in the future.
The following technologies have been named as the key, and designated for development or plans in the near future for full-scale research:
1. In the near-term:
— low-emissions combustion chambers for turbofan engines and gas turbine units with multicircuit control of fuel combustion via combustion tubes
— high temperature alloys and composite materials on the intermetallic layer for the hot parts of the engine
— antioxidation and thermal barrier coatings capable of working at temperatures in excess of 1,250°Ñ
— composite materials for the polymer layer on the cold parts of the engine.
2. In the medium-term
— dry rotor support from non-metallic friction seals / rolling and resting with magnetic suspension
— digital system of automatic management and engine diagnostics
— new methods of experimental research of the processes of assembly debugging
3. In the long-term
— prospective functional engine plans with the ability to improve characteristics for civil engines and military engines.
„It is important not only to know your niche in terms of products selling today on the market,” says Yury Shmotin, NPO Saturn Chief Designer. „It is important to build capacity to develop. We are working in a global market with very big players. In order to compete with and even outstrip leaders in gas turbine construction, we must manage the concept of creating a scientific-technical reserve.”
NPO Saturn’s many years of work aimed at both improving existing products and developing new engines, and at creating a scientific-technical reserve, has allowed the company to create critically important technology and the basic construction of the main nodes for the fifth-generation engines:
— gas generator engine for PACFA
— low-pressure cascade nodes for PACFA
— prospective gas generator engine for an engine for civil, military transport, and long-range aircraft
— low-pressure cascade nodes for a prospective engine for civil, military transport and long-range aircraft.
In addition to the primary application, the scientific-technical reserve is also being successfully exploited in the development of next-generation industrial and marine gas turbine units.
NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in development, production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, electrical generating and gas transport facilities, and military and civil marine vessels. Saturn is part of the United Engine Corporation.
United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. More than 85 % of the leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine technology are integrated into UEC, as well as key companies in other selected fields. One of UEC’s priority directions is implementing comprehensive programs for developing companies by implementing new technologies that meet international standards
OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies founded in 2002. It is part of the Rostech corporation. Its primary activities include helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC), and other assets.
Rostechnologies (Rostech) is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether the Corporation encompasses 663 organizations. The corporation includes 12 holdings in the military-industrial complex, and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. It employs over 900,000 people, or about 2 % of Russian labour force. Its 2011 net profit was 45.6 billion rubles, and it paid a total of 100 billion rubles in taxes at all levels.