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), holds a PhD in Space Engineering in Europe and has proven that he can offer innovative solutions that will save huge financial resources in the future.
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After an internship at the European Space Agency, Kaspars continues to work with both him and the German Space Agency. As a researcher, he is interested in the durability of complex structures. Composite materials are widely used in the aerospace and sports industries. Kaspars has been to many factories around the world and believes that it is worthwhile to study only what can be used to advance the industry.
Having worked in science for 20 years, Kaspars has acquired the views of an experienced scientist on processes and is convinced that it is important for a scientist to reflect on the visions of development that have taken place over the decades.
Kaspars has focused in depth on the direction of testing composite material structures, which is based on the analysis of structural stability and self-oscillation frequency changes. This means that the test of a space rocket, car “F-1” or other complex structure can be performed sequentially, after its construction and before use, without disassembling it. The testing and certification of the method is scheduled for 2021.
As the introduction of any innovation in the space industry means a certification process for years, the second direction of Kaspar’s research has been chosen as one that can move faster. It is related to the development of technologies for the production of 3D printing yarn printing. Kaspars is researching how to print durable constructions for use in different areas with consumer 3D printers. This innovative solution will offer the opportunity to start the production of innovative constructions for Latvian medium and small enterprises.
For the fourth year in a row, the Ministry of Education and Science introduces Latvian science to the general public by creating a diary and an exhibition for #ScienceLatvia. In the Latvian Science Diary 2021, you will find short video stories about 14 outstanding researchers and their work. We will also publish two stories each week in the “Campus” section.
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