The Sochi Olympic flame developed by Kuznetsov specialists worked perfectly

Specialists from the Kuznetsov plant (a subsidiary of the United Engine Corporation, part of Oboronprom) designed and made the flame assembly for the Olympic cauldron at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Work on the project began at the Samara company in April 2013, and in September the flame assembly planned and built from scratch was already ready to be sent to Sochi for installation.

In accordance with the technical requirements, the flame for the Olympic cauldron had to function at a height of more than 50 meters, taking into account the possibility of natural disasters. To meet these requirements, the factory developed a range of comprehensive tests of the equipment. In particular, they checked the work of the cauldron under strong winds. With this aim the company specialists developed a system which simulated strong wind by using an NK-12MA aviation engine. This was set up in front of a model of the cauldron built to full-scale, and the engine was switched on at the moment the flame was lit.

In addition, during the tests they also met all requirements of the client connected with achieving parameters for height, form, and color of the flame.

Kuznetsov specialists continued to maintain the project in the period of preparing for the opening of the Olympic Games, and during the games themselves. At present a replacement team of designers and testers has been sent from the company to Sochi with the aim of checking the flame assembly of the Olympic cauldron and its readiness for the next important stage  functioning during the Paralympic Games, which are set to open on March 7, 2014.

Kuznetsov managing director Nikolay Yakushin confirmed that the project has a special meaning for the Samara company.

The company team has been working together for all these months, with a great deal of enthusiasm and responsibility. Creating the main flame for the Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014 has brought together the potential of many people  designers, manufacturers, and testers  all around one goal  to do everything to make sure that the equipment is up to the task. Everyone understood how much attention this main symbol of the Olympics would attract said Nikolay Yakushin.

In turn, Samara region governor Nikolay Merkushkin who together with representatives of the Olympic committee was present when the equipment was being tested at Kuznetsov, said, The Samara specialists worked perfectly. They have proven once again that in record time they can meet any task. They are capable not only of making the best rocket engines in the world, but also exclusive orders at the highest levels of responsibility. The residents of our region are proud that Kuznetsov specialists made their contribution to the Olympic Games in Sochi, which were an unforgettable, world-class sporting event.

Kuznetsov is one of the largest companies in aviation and space engine building. It is part of the United Engine Corporation.

United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. UEC includes more than 85% of leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and servicing of gas turbine technology, as well as key companies selectors of the industry. One of UECs priorities is implementing comprehensive development programs for the industry with new technologies meeting international standards

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies, founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters) and engine-building (UEC).

Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations, which currently include eight holdings in the military-industrial complex and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent regions of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. Its 2012 turnover was 931 billion rubles, with net profit of 38.5 billion rubles. It paid a total of 109 billion rubles in taxes at all budget levels.

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