FGUP TsNIImash plays a leading role in launch vehicle design test development, including structural, dynamic and vibration tests of individual units, nodes and assemblies of the Angara launch vehicle.
In 2000, FGUP TsNIImash Structural Test Center started to work on Angara launch vehicle structural and dynamic tests. During the period of 2004 – 2008, the vibration and structural tests of the first-stage vehicle B1, B2, B3 Universal Rocket Modules (URM) assemblies were performed, as well as transportability tests of RD-191 rocket engine.
During the period of 2007 – 2011, the static tests of the interstage section were performed, during the period of 2010 – 2011 – dynamic tests of URM.
Vibration and structural tests of Angara LV B2, 2006
Tests of RD-191 rocket engine at electro-hydraulic vibration bench, 2008
Angara-A5 LV URM dynamic tests, 2011
Angara LV B2 transportability tests, 2006
Refining calculation of loads on Angara LV structure has been performed for the most important operation situations: launch start, stages separation, maximum acceleration loads area. Loads modelling software and procedures for Angara LV controlled movement have been developed and integrated.
To ensure estimation of structural margin and launch decision-making the pre-launch loads modelling has been performed based on wind sounding during the launch of Angara-1.2PP LV and Angara-A5 LV.
Angara-A5 LV successfully passed the flight tests in December 2014.
Flight Development Tests of Angara-1.2PP Launch Vehicle in Plesetsk, 09.07.2014.