Updated: 28-Oct-2002 NATO Speeches

At the NATO


24 October 2002


by Dr. Keith Gardner, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Scientific and Environmental Affairs

The first annual NATO Science Partnership Prize is awarded to the following individuals for their outstanding contribution to science through collaboration:

Professor Aleksandr P. Kozlov Head of Laboratory of the Energy Department, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kazan Science Centre, Kazan, Russian Federation

Professor Artem A. Khalatov Head of the Thermodynamics Department of the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine

Professor Nicholas Syred Head of the of the Division of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom

The Prize is awarded for their collaboration on innovative cooling techniques applied to gas turbine engines.

In selecting these three winners for the Prize, the NATO Science Committee Selection Board recognized the essential three-way collaboration between the researchers who each brought unique expertise and research knowledge to the project.

The design of gas turbine engines and the development of new techniques for improving efficiency have for many years been the focus of research both in western countries and in the former Soviet Union, notably in institutes in Russia and Ukraine. It was not until the opening of the eastern countries for contacts and collaboration with western scientists that the full potential of the combined communities could be realised. A NATO grant was awarded in 1998, and over the next two years allowed Professors Kozlov, Khalatov and Syred to work together on innovative turbine engine technology. This collaboration has resulted in the development of novel cooling techniques with significant potential benefit for gas turbine designs.

It is expected that the enhanced cooling techniques under development will be applied to the future generations of aircraft jet engines to allow more efficient operating temperatures, which translates directly into fuel savings, longer ranges, higher performance, lower costs and improved logistics for both civilian and military aircraft.

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