Participate in space technology competition

RTU Department of Internal Communication07.03.2019.13: 50

By 1 May, scientific institutions and companies can apply for a competition to participate in European Space Agency (ESA) projects in space technology. Participants from Latvia in cooperation with ESA experts have the opportunity to create innovative and internationally competitive products with high added value. The funding available for the ESA program is EUR 2 million. euro.

Information on the competition can be obtained on the website of the Ministry of Education and Science (MES). Information on Latvia’s participation in ESA projects can be obtained by contacting Kaspar Karoli, Senior Expert of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, or 67047996.

March 21 at 8.30 pm A seminar will be held at the National Library of Latvia, Mūkusalas Street 3, where it will be possible to get more information about this competition.

RTU students are calling for a wafer tower building competition

Riga Technical University (RTU) Faculty of Civil Engineering (BIF) Students’ Self-Government organizes traditional waffle tower design competition “Wafer Engineer 10”, to be held on Thursday, March 7, at. 16.00 at the International Exhibition Center in Kipsala, Kipsala Street 8.

The competition will take place in two categories – the “Supreme Tower” and the “Design object” – and there will be a wafer tower or a design object from six wafer plates and one chocolate bar. The team that will build the highest and most durable construction will win.

The tower will only be built from wafer plates and chocolates issued by the organizers. The team that will build the tallest tower will be able to win a 250 ml heavy canister placed on a dedicated platform for at least five seconds.

The design object, on the other hand, will have to be thematically designed to reflect the theme defined by the organizers of the competition, which participants will learn when starting work. The most challenging, creative and creative design will win.

For each team without wafers and chocolate work, a ruler, a paper knife, a paper, a pencil, a plastic spoon, and a chocolate melting pot will be provided and hot water will be provided.

Work hours are three hours – from. 17:00 to 20:00 After that, the evaluation of the work will begin. The winner of the category «Supreme Tower» will be able to travel.

Students, students, business representatives and other interested parties who want to test their skills in the design of waffle objects are invited to the competition. Potential participants must set up a team of three and up to 6 March at noon. 23.59 fill in the registration form.

Last year, in the winning engineer competition, creating a 2-meter high tower, «PWr team» won the laurels in the category «High Tower» – a team from Poland. In turn, the «Design object» was won by the team «Ulmaniiku engineers».


Evgeny BARKANOV has elected as the correspondent member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences

On Thursday, November 29, Evgeny BARKANOV (mechanics) was elected as the correspondent member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Short biography of the newly elected member

Evgeny BARKANOV – (1993). Professor at RTU, leading researcher at the Institute of Materials and Structures.

Areas of scientific research: finite element method, composite mechanics, structural dynamics and strength, fluctuation of fluctuations, reverse problems, optimization.

Published works: 3 textbooks, 2 book editors, 124 scientific publications, of which 59 in the SCOPUS database, 92 conference theses, H-index – 10.

Pedagogical work: scientific supervisor for 3 defended doctoral theses, responsible lecturer for 5 developed subjects, guest lecturer in Germany, Russia, etc.

Scientific projects: Coordinator of 2 international projects, incl. EU 7th Program Project and Research Project of the Taiwan-Latvia-Lithuania Scientific Cooperation Fund; 7 International Project Manager.

Organizational work: member and secretary of the Council of Professors of Construction and Architecture, Member of the RTU P-03 and RTU P-06, Member of the RTU Academic Assembly, Member of the Latvian National Mechanics Association, Expert of the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science, LZP Expert, EU 7.

Expert of the Framework Program and the EU HORIZON2020 program, member of the editorial boards of various international scientific committees and scientific journals.

Acknowledgments: RTU Rector’s Recognition Articles.

RTU researcher about construction resistance research and engineering thinking

Riga Technical University (RTU) Construction Engineering Faculty of Materials and Constructions Institute senior researcher Kaspars Kalnins conversation with the Latvian Radio 6 Latvian University radio NABA program “Science on behalf of” driver Ivar Oyster tells about their research interests, as well as engineering thinking principle and the fact that is important in engineering studies.

The main research interests of Kaspars Kalnins are related to structural durability. His doctoral thesis defended in 2006 was dedicated to this topic as well. He has participated in several major studies, including the development of space-satellite manufacturing technologies by the European Space Agency.

Currently, K. Kalnins with colleagues working on the 3D printer filament improvement – investigating how to incorporate the glass fibers to the printout of the material could be given functionality.

When asked about the nuances of engineering thinking, Kaspar admits that everything that does not speak is well suited for this type of thinking. If you engage a person with his view that it, for example, like the white color, it’s this kind of thinking does not fall by as «love» is not an argument in engineering, so that there is an important functionality – if this color specific situation fit and «work». Good engineering thinking is characterized by the ability to perceive the whole product or solution cycle as a whole and think of several steps forward.

On October 11, 2018, the radio NABA program can be heard on the Latvian Public Media Portal.

On September 3, begins new year of studies

On Monday, September 3, calling ceremony, which will be held at the Riga Technical University (RTU) student camp in Ķīpsala, will be officially launched in 2018/2019. academic year of study. Event will start at 10.30 am in the Column, located on the square between the Student Service Hotel, Electronics and Telecommunications, Materials Science and Applied Chemistry and Civil Engineering Faculties.

From 10.30 to 12.00, special event for young students – Opportunities Market – RTU structural units, student and interest clubs will introduce themselves, their activities and opportunities at the university. New students will be able to meet RTU Sports Center, Culture Center, Career Center, Attrition Foundation, Design Factory, Student Self-government and other structural units. Representatives of RTU Cheese Command will be pleased to present the presentations. Various activities and competitions will take place during the event.

From noon The official opening ceremony will take place from 12.00 to 13.00, at which students will be addressed and welcomed by RTU rector academician Leonīds Ribickis, vice rectors and others.

At noon At 13.00 students will go to their faculties to take the first introductory lectures that will be introduced to the faculty, its management, the self-government and the cadres. For the first year students of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics (MTAF), an introductory lecture will be held at 10:00. 13.30 at the RTU Central Building, Kalku Street 1, in the Great Hall.

The Facebook page of the event.

The RTU researcher comments a «TESLA ROADSTER» deliver to the space with «FALCON HEAVY»

“In some way, this event is a new era, as a private company was able to do it,” commenting on the fact that on February 6, the Tesla Roadster, a dummy on the pilot’s site, the Latvian Radio 1 with the world’s largest and most powerful rocket, Falcon Heavy, was landed in orbit. Kaspars Kalniņš, the leading researcher of the Institute of Materials Engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Riga Technical University (RTU), says on February 15 in the broadcast “Known in the Unknown”.

The US company SpaceX, which launches a rocket, is founded by Elon Musk, who has an idea of ​​how a business can be developed at a reasonable cost, K. Kalniņš said. In his opinion, this flight is a test run that has succeeded. This is also confirmed by the fact that the flight organizers were able to bring back accelerators back to Earth, moreover, they did so accurately. K. Kalniņš was most fascinated by the structural durability of this flight – this area is also at the heart of his research interests.

K. Kalnins is convinced that the rocket’s successful star was a surprise to itself. Mask and SpaceX representatives. He commends the example of this rocket flight as a good precedent for a significant cost reduction in space technology. The missile will be reusable and will be able to return precisely.

The February 15 broadcast “Known in the Unknown” can be heard on the homepage of Latvian Radio 1.

RTU students’ visit wooden construction companies and MeKA

On November 30 all students of RTU Faculty of Civil Engineering and other interested persons are invited to go on an excursion to two wooden construction companies and the Institute of Forestry and Wood Products Research and Development.
Guided tour plan:

9.00 meeting RTU BIF in Kipsala
10.00 visit NORDIC HOMES
12.00 Visit Cross Timber Systems
14.00 Visit to the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Institute
16.30 return to Kipsala

The times are about, but we will try to stick to this schedule.

For all who plan to participate, please mark the “going” event on Facebook. The number of participants will be taken into consideration when ordering a bus.

Please take the sandwiches so that we can save time and have a dinner on the bus.

The tour organizer Gatis Zamtaurs will have taken all the tests. Those who have not written any of the works will be able to do it on the bus.

If you have any questions, please write to Facebook.!

RTU students are invited to participate in the construction competition “Paper Bridges 4”

Student Self-government of the Riga Technical University (RTU), Faculty of Civil Engineering, invites all interested persons to participate in the world’s toughest paper bridge construction competition, which will take place on November 2 at. 16.30 at the Faculty of Architecture, Kipsalas iela 6.

The bridge will have to be constructed of 50 A4 sheets and glue, and these materials will be provided to the participants by the organizers. The teams will also be given tools for paper processing – 30 cm ruler, paper knife, pencil. Participants will also be able to use their own knives or scissors. For the construction of paper bridges two hours are planned – from noon. 17 to 19. Estimation of the bridges will start at noon. 20. The bridge will be placed in the loader and then monitored by the load. The winner will recognize the bridge that will withstand the greatest load.

Students, students and business representatives who want to test their skills in bridge design can apply for the competition. To participate in the competition, the team must have three members. The evaluation will take place in the category of students, students and businesses.


Apply for a paper bridging competition may be before November 1 at noon. 23.59. Application form and Facebook event.

The toughest paper bridge construction competition this year has been taking place for the fourth year. Last year, Bridge IT’s bridge proved to be the strongest, holding 126.22 kg, significantly above the 2015 record of 57.4 kg. The second place with a result of 92.65 kg was WITTEVEEN + BOS LATVIA team, while the third best was the team “JAM”, whose bridge managed to withstand 75.22 kg load.

The winners of this year’s winners are the supporters – road design company Polyroad Ltd., Latvian Green Point JSC, UPB JSC, Ezis Migla bar, SIA Ligatne paper and card game KAVA.

The 58th International Scientific Conference dedicated to the 155th anniversary of RTU

From October 12 to 15, 2017, the 58th International Scientific Conference of the Riga Technical University will be held.

The conference work will take place in all RTU faculties in a total of 17 sections, covering RTU research areas. It is planned that the conference will be attended by more than 700 authors who will present the topical issues, problems and achievements of science and science in Latvia.

The conference will be held at the solemn plenary on October 14th at. 11.30 RTU rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis will open and Professor Tolis Juhns, Vice Rector for Science.

Civil Engineering Section

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Scientists’ Night 2017

Riga Technical University, in its 155th anniversary year, in cooperation with Industry Service Partner, UNESCO Latvian National Commission, Latvenergo AS and many other partners will decipher what is hidden under the name SCIENCE.
A – V = s / t
Visiting all events is free!
More information can be found at HERE
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