A Project by SUSU’s Scientists Awarded Grant of the President of Russia

Scientists of South Ural State University developed a new generation of protective materials with high strength. Work on this important project was supported by a grant by the President of the Russian Federation.

Composite materials are among the most in-demand ones in those sectors of industry where high mechanical loads are required. Andrey Anikeev, Candidate of Sciences (Engineering), Associate Professor of the Department of Engineering and Technology of Materials Production at the Zlatoust Branch of South Ural State University is working on developing such modern materials.

“Composite materials are very much in demand by the defense industry. But the existing methods of creating protective materials of high strength are quite complex and expensive with regard to production, they require limited-purpose installations for the materials production and re-melting. Our team developed a new approach to creating high-strength materials by using powdered ceramic particles,” shares Andrey Anikeev. 

Project participants, engineer and head of laboratories of the Department of Engineering and Technology of Materials Production Vadim Sedukhin and Dmitry Sergeev (left to right)


Samples of materials produced by the developed methods

When adding powdered ceramic particles into a hot melt, two main problems occur: wetting of the particles with the hot melt and their controlled distribution.

“We studied wetting in a specialized complex in the Center for High Temperature Studies, Kraków, Poland by means of the most up-to-date error-excluding capillary method. And to predict distribution of the introduced particles our team is developing a computer model,” shares his plans the SUSU scientists. “Since it is a complicated model with a huge number of computations, to work properly, it requires Tornado Supercomputer. Currently we are completing building of a model and are setting up remote access to the equipment.”

Among the research participants also were the head of laboratories of the Department of Engineering and Technology of Materials Production Dmitry Sergeev and engineer Vadim Sedukhin. The work performed by the team of scientists of South Ural State University will allow to develop recommendations on production of new protective materials with high strength at the enterprises of metallurgy, mechanical engineering, and the military-and-industrial complex, which are in command of relevant technological equipment.

Olga Romanovskaia
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