Ease and power: Russia has developed all-aluminium engine

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Лёгкость и мощь: В России разработан полностью алюминиевый двигатель

Specialists of the Novosibirsk technical University (NSTU) presented a unique development of aviation engine, all of whose components is made from ultralight aluminium. It is noteworthy that this material was used even in those parts of the motor that undergo the most severe loads.

The first ground tests of the all-aluminum engine was held on 19 January 2018 on the basis of mochische airfield in the Novosibirsk region. In the development of the motor, whose name has not yet been specified, was attended by the graduates NGTU, which created his high-tech company “ZK-Action.” The entire development team – graduate students and undergraduates of the University, professionally skilled in the design of aircraft structures.

In just 4 years, a team of five engineers have achieved outstanding results: originated the idea quickly grew into an ambitious project that opens new prospects for the civil aviation small type. New ultralight engine is much cheaper to produce, lighter than their “classmates” at 50 pounds and is much more powerful. Claimed the engine did not lower the engines made of steel and is at least 2 000 hours.

Subsequently the engine will be certified and will be installed on Yak-52, which are used for pilots in the specialized training school DOSAAF, and in private and commercial aircraft of small type.

Aluminum and has previously been used in aviation and automotive engines, however, accepts the higher load was previously done in steel. Professionals NSTU managed to replace them thanks to special technology of plasma-electrolytic oxidation (PEO), to be applied under the strict control of the Institute of inorganic chemistry SB RAS. It is noted that the first aircraft with this engine will conquer the sky this year.

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