In Latvia, it is possible to develop new, innovative production or service trends that require intellectual investment. Kaspars Kalnins, a leading researcher at the Institute of Materials and Structures at the Riga Technical University (RTU), Ph.D., has shown the European space industry that he can provide innovative solutions that will save huge financial resources in the future.
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After an internship at the European Space Agency, Kaspars will continue to work with both him and 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 exploring only what can be used to develop the industry.
Kaspars, who has worked in science for 20 years, has gained the insight of an experienced process scientist and is convinced that it is important for a researcher to think about the development prospects that have existed for decades.
Kaspars is deeply focused on the testing direction of composite material structures, which is based on the analysis of structural stability and self-oscillation frequency changes. This means that testing of a space rocket, “F-1” car, or other composite structure can be performed sequentially after construction of the structure and before use without dismantling it. Testing and certification of the method is planned for 2021.
Since the introduction of every innovation in the space industry means a years-long certification process, the second direction of Kaspar’s research has been chosen as one that can move faster. It is related to the development of production technologies that print 3D printing wire. Kaspars is investigating how durable structures can be printed in different areas with consumer 3D printers. This innovative solution offers an opportunity to start the production of innovative structures also for Latvian medium and small enterprises.
For the fourth year in a row, the Ministry of Education and Science has presented Latvian scientific excellence to the public by creating a calendar and an exhibition #ZinātneLatvijai. In the Latvian science calendar in 2021, you will find short video stories of 14 outstanding researchers and their work. We also publish two stories each week in the “Campus” section.
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