Multidisciplinary project of historical aircraft virtual reconstructions as a way of popularizing science

- Krzysztof Szafran Ph. D. Eng., Ireneusz Kramarski

Research and development institutions have a wide range of competences in their fields of scientific and technical activity. They also often have some unique capabilities to do research and development (R&D). However, these possibilities are often known only to a small group of industry specialists and few parliamentary representatives. There is also a lack of information about research capabilities of R&D institutes in industry, especially among small and medium enterprises.

The aim of the article is to present the concept of a multidisciplinary research project aimed at testing by a scientific research institution the possibility of using social media and modern techniques of visualization and computer simulation in aircraft reconstruction engineering. The authors propose to try the approach of marketing campaign capabilities of research and development institutions in a way similar to the action of raising funds for some purpose, but unlike this type of action, the campaign should be aimed at increasing technical awareness of the society. As part of the pilot program, the authors propose a virtual reconstruction of the construction of the Polish PZL P-50 Jastrząb fighter plane whose two prototypes were created before the outbreak of World War II. On the basis of analyses, calculations and computer simulations, in the second phase it is proposed to make a preliminary design of the aircraft with performance similar to the PZL P-50 on the basis of modern knowledge and the latest technologies available in aviation technology. One of the ways to encourage people to undertake creative work, including the restoration of historical objects, will allow them to gain valuable employment possibilities in R&D institute.

The combination of marketing techniques, using the power of social media, with the strictly engineering challenges of recreating a historic aircraft and designing its modern equivalent, gives the possibility to confirm the technical and organizational capabilities of the research and development institutions. On the basis of the above activities, a database of people interested in research and development activities of scientific institutions and their contribution to the reconstruction of historically important products of Polish technical thought will be built.

Krzysztof Szafran, Ph.D. Eng, Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation, Warsaw, Poland – Is an employee of the Institute of Aviation since 1980. Obtained the title Doctor of Science in the Construction and exploitation of machines is the result of scientific studies conducted at the Institute of Aviation. Author of more than 80 papers published in journals and monographs, including as the creator of the six patents the Republic of Poland and utility model. Design solutions contained in the patents have been implemented for the production of special means of transport. He leads as a promoter of dissertations, theses and engineering. Participant congresses and symposia related to flight safety, aerodynamics, aircraft and operation of transport systems. The teaching activities was a teacher and creator of software engineering practices and industrial internships. Interests – aerospace safety, aerodynamics, ballistics and dynamics of aircraft, hovercraft, airship design – technology, ekranoplans. Reviewer of scientific papers, projects, monographs and publications in scientific journals.
ORCID: 0000-0003-3974-1466

Ireneusz Kramarski, HORNET, Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Poland – is a graduate of the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. He is a engineer with speciality of design and construction of aircrafts, parachutes and airships. He is a author of more than 10 papers presented on conferences and published in science journals. He is also a author of a number of aviation history’s books. He has a knowledge and experiences from a number of designs and modification works referred to personnel, troops and cargo parachutes and aerodecelerators for warplane’s landing runs. Interests: parachutes, aerodecelerators, aerospace safety, aerodynamics, ballistics and dynamics of descending objects, hovercraft, airship design. He is a doctorate candidate working on dissertation on the subject of aerodecelerators and dissipation energy systems designed for atmospheric descending objects.
ORCID: 0000-0001-9525-7877

DOI: 10.2478/minib-2019-0051
MINIB, 2019, Vol. 34, Issue 4

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