Prize-winner in UMNIK Program on Fulfilling a Project Surpassing Its Western Analogues

Young scientists of South Ural State University annually participate in the UMNIK Program, which supports commercially-oriented scientific and technical projects. Winners are awarded grants amounting to 500000 roubles to fulfil their projects.

Last year, among the prize-winners in the UMNIK Program was Aleksey Krivonogov, Candidate of Sciences (Engineering), research engineer of the Department of Aircrafts of the SUSU Institute of Engineering and Technology with the project: Development of a Multi-phase Passive Acoustic Clamp-on Flow Meter Based on the Hypothesis of “Frozen Turbulence” and the System of Computer Simulation and Optimization of Vortex Flow.

Please, tell us about your study and scientific activity at South Ural State University.

“I decided to enrol at SUSU because it is one of the best technical universities in the Chelyabinsk Region, and I am a person with a technical mindset. I studied at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering in the Rocket Engineering programme. I completed postgraduate studies and defended doctoral thesis in the field of mathematical modelling, numerical methods and program complexes on the topic: System of Computer Simulation and Optimization of the Vortex Flow Based on the Computational Method of Signal Transformation. Currently, I am working as a research engineer at the Department of Aircrafts.

The most interesting thing, apart from student life, was the acquisition of state-of-the-art systems for numerical simulation of physical processes within the framework of the Student Scientific Society, what subsequently helped me build a successful career of a research engineer in a well-known American company.”

Why did you decide to take part in the UMNIK Program?

“I found out about such an opportunity from my colleagues in the university. I was told that this is a young innovators support program so I decided to try myself in it. I have a lot of developments on promising technologies in means of measuring and controlling of processes, as well as in the field of mathematical modelling.”

Why did you choose this particular topic for your scientific and technical project?

“Back in 2015, while working in an expert group in one major American company, I was engaged in research of technologies in the field of means of measuring and controlling of processes in aircrafts, which will be in demand in the world in 5-10 years. Now, two companies, such as CiDRA, USA, and Expro Meters, England, have expanded their portfolio and have begun to offer apparatus of this type. Since these devices are not available in Russia, the idea was born to create a local product that surpasses its Western analogues in terms of technical parameters while reducing the cost.”

How is the work on your project going?

“At the moment, according to the plan, I am working on a mathematical part, simulation of the working process and creation of the methods for processing the output signal. I am promoting my idea through criticism of scientific and technical specialists and scientists who adhere to conservative methods for measuring the flow of liquids and gases. After receiving the grant, I plan to design a prototype of the device: physical and digital, in which a new mathematical model of signal processing will be laid.”

To whom are you grateful for the formation of your scientific activity?

“First of all I am grateful to SUSU because it gave me a whole store of knowledge during the educational process. I would like to separately thank Rudolf Sidelnikov, former Associate Professor of the Department of Aircrafts, who engaged me in the world of mathematical modelling since the second course within the Student Scientific Society. I would also like to thank Aleksandr Kartashev, Professor of the Department of Aircrafts, who supported my scientific ideas and, like an experienced jeweller creates a sparkling diamond from a dull nugget, he walked me into the way of obtaining the degree of a Candidate of Sciences (Engineering).

The UMNIK Program provided me with an opportunity to unlock my scientific, technical and leadership potential, both as a scientist and as a project manager. For me, the main non-material advantage was the recognition of my development by leading experts during the anonymous testing. The Russian scientific and technical community comes to the conclusion that the next round in the development of measuring instruments are the non-invasive and non-intrusive technologies.”

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