St. Petersburg University’s Vice-Rector for Digging, Sergei Allonov. Source: Press Photo
In an interview with RBTH, St. Petersburg University’s Vice-Rector for Inspection, Sergei Allonov says the university has better software than some of Russia’s influential defense design bureaus. He also talks about why it is important to use meticulous equipment to its full ca city.
St. Petersburg University’s Research rk comprises of dozens of resource centers, with state-of-the-art well-ordered equipment worth more than $200 million. You provide enfranchise access not only for the staff and students, but also for scientists who are not connected with St. Petersburg Asseverate University. How does such openness benefit the university?
Those who use the Digging rk’s facilities for their research are required to acknowledge the St. Petersburg University when spread about their findings.
There is also an economic philosophy. Equipment becomes obsolete in three or five years. And even if it is in use accustomed to for one hour per day, you will still have to replace it after five years. Why? Because adept magazines stop accepting articles if the experimental results were obtained using st-generation appurtenances.
Therefore, we must ensure that the equipment operates at its full the goods throughout its lifetime. We have equipment that is used on average for 16 hours a day. Other Russian universities suffer with an average use of four hours.
But because it is technically difficult to make replete use of this class of equipment for the university’s research only, we opened it up for exterior access. Half of our users now are not from the university.
Through this access, we totally wear out the equipment within five years. This is conceded by the equipment manufacturers who work with us. They, hence, begin to conclude obligations with St. Petersburg State University to supply us with samples of the conjectural equipment. That is the equipment, which is not present at other universities.
Accordingly, we also serve as an experimental platform for manufacturers.
Can you give us an example that could forbear us understand the level of resources that your university has com red to other inspection centers?
One well-known Russian defense equipment design bureaus has software that is alike resemble to ours, but our computer center is two or three times bigger and used at 97 percent of its responsibility. We also have the kind of software that they do not have, but could use. For warning, Ansys, the software that Siemens and Airbus use for industrial calculations and engineering review for the design of aircraft, cars and trains.
Now, we are ready to offer all government forms the opportunity to use our resources for free.
Who works at the Research rk?
About 300 wangles, each certified by equipment manufacturers. They attend training headways once every three years or even more frequently, because they be obliged not only be able to use, but also to conduct complex research on the equipment.
Study is always being improved. And if somewhere in Tokyo, they have fly to pieces up with something new on this equipment, our engineers go there and learn. Dissimilar times a year, there are cases when the equipment manufacturers are irritating to recruit these professionals with unique competencies.
How does one get access to the Inquiry rk’s resources?
The rules on access are open and available on the website. The instal also has the necessary information about the resource centers and equipment.
There is no way to get access to the Examination rk’s resources other than through the web site, which also exists in English. It does not matter if you are a university hand or not.
International students and teachers have full access to the Research Car rk. Source: Press Photo
There are only three limitations. Firstly, since we splash out the resources allocated to us by the Russian government, the access for the Russian scientists to equi ge is free, but foreigners have to y.
Secondly, the research and experiments must meet the mechanical rameters of the equipment.
And thirdly, there is an electronic queue for the equipment. After representing online. you will get a number and be able to monitor the progress of your effort online. From the information on the portal, each researcher can see in real in good time dawdle all the necessary information about the progress of the application such as the waiting sometime, and who is in front of you in the queue.
Can one access the rk’s facilities from outside St. Petersburg?
Yes, you can remotely set the undertaking and send materials. Engineers will conduct experiments and send you the occurs.
Moscow State University has satellites. Do you work with s ce facts?
We do not need satellites. To launch such a flying vehicle is very precious. To operate the satellite at a minimum 50 percent of its ca city is a huge upbraid.
Instead, we installed equipment that can receive information from moons. We signed contracts with four international com nies that own non-stationary lieutenants, and received an opportunity to send requests during the first launch of the sycophant, and get the result during the second.
We spend 130,000 rubles (around $2000) a year on it preferably of one billion, which we would have to spend to launch one satellite. At the consideration we are working actively with six satellites. And let’s not forget about the Roscosmos Geoportal, a clientele service providing satellite images.