The twenty first century
- High-strength film adhesives for cell and sandwich-type structures to be used in aviation and space engineering articles were developed (State Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation, 2000).
- A new class of heat-resistant low-cost alloyed alloys based on nickel intermetallic compounds for GTE critical parts was created (Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation, 2000).
- Complex anticorrosion protection to provide operation of aviation equipment in all climatic conditions up to 40 years was developed (Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation, 2001).
- Special materials for Su‑26, Su-29, Su-31, Su-31M sport airplanes designed by Sukhoi Design Bureau were developed (State Prize of the Russian Federation, 2002).
- High-temperature coatings operable up to 2000 °С were created (Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation, 2002). In 2002, a deep appreciation was expressed to VIAM by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for a significant contribution to the development and creation of materials for aviation and space engineering equipment. Celebrations dedicated to the 70th anniversary of VIAM were held in the State Kremlin Palace.
- Structural titanium alloys to be used in aviation and space engineering equipment were developed and commercialized (Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation, 2003).
- The production of phenol-rubber foam plastics (FK-20, FK-40) widely applied for heat protection in aerospace engineering, including Proton and Souyz rocket carriers was established.
- Over 100 fireproof materials for the interior of all types of passenger airplanes and helicopters were developed that eliminated the interior material fires.
VIAM is the only enterprise in Russia that has the entire complex of test equipment for material fire safety assessment.
VIAM took part in the restoration of V.Mukhina’s sculpture “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman”. A non-destructive test method was developed to assess the surface of the monument and a special anticorrosion paste was developed to clean corrosion products off the surfaces. The following innovations were offered to manufacture the load-bearing framework of the monument: materials for the upper and auxiliary parts of the framework, technologies for welding and weld seam tests, production of load-bearing sections and protection of framework and joints against corrosion.
- A new generation of high-strength fire-resistant weldable wrought and casting alloys (VZh171, VZh172, VZh172L) for combustion chambers, disks and other parts of turbines and compressors as well as high heat-resistant disk alloy (VZh175) were developed.
- In 2007, a deep appreciation was expressed to VIAM by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for a significant contribution to the development and creation of new materials for aviation industry.
- A technology for vacuum melting of heat-resistant casting nickel alloys including utilization of up to 100 % of waste providing a minimum content of harmful impurities and a narrowed alloying range was developed.
- A new generation of carbon-free rhenium- and ruthenium-bearing (VZhM4, VZhM6, VZhM7) and intermetallic (VIN3, VIN4) alloys for casting of single-crystal blades as well as a high-workable alloy (VZhL-21) for casting of blades and parts with polycrystalline structure were created.
- VIAM’s branch – USSR AS corresponding member G. V. Akimov Gelendjik climatic testing center was put into operation.
- An innovative technology for isothermal forging in air under superplasticity conditions of disks made of super heat-resistant alloys for gas-turbine engines and power units was created (Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation, 2010).
- Russia’s only automatic production of fine and ultra-dispersed metal powders (hot melt spraying by inert gas) was established.
- High-temperature heterogeneous systems on the base of sol-gel synthesis technologies for structural ceramic composite materials to provide long-life operation at temperatures up to 2000°С with multilevel complex protection system for advanced engine units were developed (Prize of the President of the Russian Federation in the field of science and innovations for young scientists for 2010).
- By the decision of the Commission of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia of August 11, 2011 on assessment of activity results of scientific and research organizations for the period from 2006 to 2010 VIAM was included into the first category – “Leader” among scientific organizations of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia.
- VIAM carried out a large scope of works aimed at creating scientific and technical groundwork in the area of materials and technologies for passenger airplanes – “Russian Regional Jet” (RRJ) and “Short- and Medium-Range Aircraft” (SMRA).
The institute incorporates a leading scientific school that has been working for 12 years and has received a Grant of the President of the Russian Federation in the scientific field “Research in the area of super heat-resistant alloys and technologies for single-crystal casting of turbine blades with given spatial crystallographic orientation through high-gradient directed crystallization”. Head – academician of RAS E. N. Kablov. Two doctors of engineering sciences and five candidates of technical sciences took their degrees. Since 2005, the institute’s specialists who achieved the best results in work having been receiving a stipend of the President of the Russian Federation on a monthly basis established for employees of the military-industrial complex (26 employees) and since 2010 in addition, the best young specialists of the institute receive a stipend of the President of the Russian Federation established for young specialists of the military-industrial complex (14 employees). This stipend amounts to 20 thousand rubles on a monthly basis. The work of the institute's specialists was distinguished by high state awards of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation – over 600 employees were awarded orders and medals. 242 employees of VIAM received high state prizes for their contribution to the development and creation of materials for aerospace and nuclear equipment and other types of special engineering articles, these include:
- USSR State Prize – 55 employees,
- Prize of the Council of Ministers of the USSR – 47 employees,
- Prize of the Central Committee of All-Union Leninist Young Communist League and Lenin Komsomol – 16 employees,
- RSFSR State Prize – 2 employees,
- State Prize of the Ukrainian SSR – 4 employees,
- State Prize of the Kazakh SSR – 2 employees,
- State Prize of the Russian Federation– 13 employees,
- State Prize of the RF Government – 51 employees,
- Prize of the President of the Russian Federation in the area of science and innovations for young scientists – 2 employees
- 1932-1933. Head – I. A. Bakhmatov;
- 1933-1938. Head – V. M. Desyatnikov; deputy head for science, doctor of engineering sciences, professor I. I. Sidorin;
- 1938-1951, 1955-1976. Head – corresponding member of the USSR AS, doctor of engineering sciences, professor, major-general of the aviation engineering service A. T. Tumanov;
- 1951-1955. Head – N. D. Bobovnikov;
- 1976-1996. Head, Director General (1989) – corresponding member of RAS, doctor of engineering sciences, professor R. E. Shalin;
- Since 1996 until now – Director General – member of RAS, doctor of engineering sciences, professor E. N. Kablov