The StrAU Space Materials Science is aimed at the development of promising technologies for extreme conditions of space and training of qualified specialists, able to successfully solve scientific and production problems in the field of designing multi-level materials. In order to achieve these goals, the unit is developing an original Master degree program. The University scientists design materials with a multi-level hierarchical structure, design equipment and technologies for 3D printing in outer space. Another crucial goal is the creation of technologies and development of devices for application of functional protective coatings to spacecraft equipment and elements.
The structural divisions of the StrAU
- Laboratory of Beam-Plasma Technologies;
- Modern Production Technologies Research Center;
- Dynamic Modeling and Control Critical Structures Network Scientific and Educational Laboratory;
- Testing Center.
Key academic programs:
- Materials Science and Materials Technology.
- Bachelor degree programs: Materials Science and Materials Technology in Mechanical Engineering; Nanostructured Materials.
- Master degree programs: Computer Modeling of Obtaining and Processing Materials; Materials Science and Technologies of Nanomaterials and Coatings; Manufacture of Products from Nanostructured Materials.
- Postgraduate programs: Condensed Matter Physics; Powder Metallurgy and Composite Materials.
- Bachelor degree programs: Machines and Technologies of Highly Efficient Processes of Material Processing.
- Master degree programs: High Technology Physics in Engineering.
- Postgraduate programs: Metallurgy and Heat Treatment of Metals and Alloys.
- Bachelor degree programs: Technology of Refractory Non-metallic and Silicate Materials.
- Master degree programs: Chemical Technology of Refractory Non-metallic and Silicate Materials, Chemical Technology of Inorganic Substances and Materials; Chemistry and Technology of Biologically Active Substances.
- Postgraduate programs: Technology of Silicate and Refractory Non-metallic Materials.
Expected results of the StrAU:
- World-class specialists in the field of space materials science;
- Modernization of Master degree program Materials Science and Materials Technology, including for conducting in English in collaboration with Technical University of Berlin (Germany), Joseph Fourier University (France), and Technion Israel Institute of Technology;
- Methods for multilevel dynamic modeling and design according to the hierarchy of material internal structure for creating complex structures and mechanical spacecraft systems;
- Technologies and equipment for additive production of functional products based on composite materials with a multilevel structure in outer space conditions;
- Modern material and technological base, providing conditions for world-class research at the StrAU, for testing additive technologies, the formation of coatings with a multilevel structure, and testing products under extreme conditions.
Results achieved in 2016:
- The University researchers obtained samples of polymer products made of polyamide with multilevel reinforcement using a 3D printer based on a micro extruder and obtained product models based on feedstocks.
- TPU together with the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (Energia) and the Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS (ISPMS) developed a technical specification for space experiments at the International Space Station (ISS). The experiments will be dedicated to effecting of the space factors on optically transparent protective coatings on glass substrates and dynamic loads on the elements of the ISS airlock chamber. It is planned to use multi-level dynamic modeling and application of additive technologies on the station board.
- The first batch of glasses has already been delivered to Energia for testing. Since the current year, all the portholes of Russian spacecrafts will be processed in Tomsk.
- TPU in collaboration with ISPMS and Energia designed and produced a satellite using 3D technologies. For the first time, the satellite hull is produced using multilevel dynamic modeling and additive technologies. The satellite TPU-120 was launched with a Russian spacecraft and was used for space experiments.
- The University developed a 3D printer for using at the ISS. The first prototype was given to Energia for following tests. This printer will allow producing necessary details at the ISS.
- Two large experiments are planned to conduct at the ISS. There is Research on Impact of Dynamic Loads on the Hull Elements of the Russian Segment Module of the International Space Station using Multilevel Dynamic Modeling and research project on Effect of Space Factors on Optically Transparent Protective Coatings and Study of Methods for Repair of Experimental Samples of Windows in the Russian segment of the ISS.
- Within the framework of the StrAU International Network Resource Test Center was established.
Partners: Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, State Corporation Rostec, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Gazprom, KAMAZ (Kama Automobile Plant), Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Institute of High Current Electronics SB RAS, and Technion Israel Institute of Technology.