Petrovich and his dragon inflame the audience at Science Slam
20.05.2019

For the second year in a row, TSU scientists have won the Science Slam science battle, which is held as part of the U-NOVUS forum of new solutions. This year, the audience chose two winners - Denis Kasymov, an employee of the TSU Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, and Philip Dyachenko, a graduate student of the IPPM SB RAS, a TSU graduate.

Science Slam was held for the second year in a row under the U-NOVUS forum of new solutions, which is a platform for effective interaction between universities, government, and business.

This year, five Tomsk residents reached the Science Slam final. Each talked for ten minutes about their research in a stand-up format. Viewers evaluated the contestants: the louder they clapped and shouted, the more chances to win the main prize of the competition - boxing gloves.

Denis Kasymov, an employee of the Russian Academy of Physics, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, made a presentation “Fire, Dragon and Denis Petrovich” and showed how it is possible to prevent fires by calculations. He told of the creation of “dragon”, with which he burned the forest with colleagues from the United States to study the nature of forest fires.

- The most dangerous thing in forest fires are small red-hot particles that can fly off up to 500 meters from the source of ignition and create new foci. To simulate this effect, we created a dragon, a device capable of producing such particles, as in a real fire, Denis Kasymov explained. - We monitor the sensors and the temperature, and then turn on a powerful ventilator and begin to spray particles. We track these particles with infrared lasers. Thanks to our research, it is possible to determine at what speed and in what direction the fire can move.

Fire simulation technique is based on the results of these experiments, which will help to more effectively extinguish and develop firefighting technologies.

- Participating in Science Slam is overcoming a certain barrier to try to tell absolutely anyone, whether an academician, a philology student, or a bus driver, what I do, about my research behind my formulas, the winner shared his impressions. - This is a cool way to look at your research from the other side, to find highlights, it can push you to something new. First of all, it is important to popularize science, and this does not end with a performance in a slam, because these skills can be used in work with schoolchildren and students.

The second winner, Philip Dyachenko, a graduate student at the Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, graduate of the TSU Faculty of Physics and Engineering, presented “Recall All” about materials with shape memory that help people in different fields of science, technology, and medicine. The shape memory effect allows metals to return to their original shape under certain conditions. For example, if you bend a clip of ordinary metal, it is unlikely to return to its original shape, but the alloy of titanium nickelide can do it when heated. Such alloys can be useful for expanding damaged blood