In Latvia, it is possible to develop new, innovative directions of production or provision of services that require intellectual investment. Kaspars Kalnins, a leading researcher at the Institute of Materials and Structures of the Technical University of Riga (RTU), Ph.D., has proven to the space industry in Europe that it can offer innovative solutions that would save huge financial resources in the future.
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After an internship at the European Space Agency, Kaspars continues to work with him and with the German Space Agency. As a researcher, he is interested in the durability of composite structures. Composite materials are widely used in the aerospace and sports industries. Kaspars has been to many factories around the world and believes it is worth studying only what can be used to advance the industry.
After 20 years of working in science, Kaspars has gained the view of an experienced scientist on processes and is convinced that it is important for a scientist to think about visions of development that are decades ahead.
Kaspars focused in detail on the direction of testing the structures of composite materials based on the analysis of structural stability and changes in the frequency of self-oscillations. This means that testing of a space rocket, “F-1” car or other composite structure can be performed in series, after the structure has been built and before use, without disassembly. Testing and certification of the method is planned for 2021.
As the introduction of any innovation in the space industry means a long-term certification process, the second direction of Kaspar’s research has been chosen as one that can move faster. It is associated with the development of thread printing technologies for 3D printing. Kaspars is exploring how to print permanent structures for use in a variety of areas using consumer 3D printers. This innovative solution will provide an opportunity to launch the production of innovative structures for both Latvian SMEs.
For the fourth year in a row, the Ministry of Education and Science is presenting the excellent Latvian sciences to the public by creating a calendar and an exhibition for #ScienceLatvia. In the Latvian scientific calendar for 2021, you will find short video stories about 14 outstanding researchers and their work. We will also post two stories each week in the “Campus” section.
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