Minister of Education and Science, Dimitri Shashkini visited G.Tsulukidze Mining Institute and attended the imitated show of tunnel protection new technologies from the heavy results of explosion.
Institute implements the program Protection People from Terrorist Explosions in Underground Structures from 2005 in the framework of NATO program Science for Peace and Security. The project is designed to develop automatic protective equipment for unpredictable explosions that will be activated for reduction of excessive pressure on shock wave front, exclude the possibility of fire after explosion and transmission of information regarding the place and time of explosion to rescue services. Workings that are envisaged in the project are being implemented. Draft of the protective system will be based on the research results. These results will be used to measure the effectiveness of this equipment that is foreseen in the plan of the next year.
One of the priority tasks of NATO program is underground structure security problem. It envisages protection of motor and railway tunnels, Underground and other underground objects from terrorist and unpredictable explosions.
Underground experimental base reconstruction is implemented by the Mining Institute with the financial support of the project. Modern scientific equipment and computers are bought that enable to conduct modern research in physics field of explosion.
Results of already conducted researches have been presented at 7 international conferences. 8 articles are published, 2 patents are received and close cooperation is developed with the collaborator – Security Center of the University of Florida. Institute established scientific contacts with German, Dutch and Jewish colleagues. Four young scientists passed the training in Italy at modern research institute that was organized by NATO (the field of identification). Training of two young scientists for teaching explosion imitation in computer is foreseen in November of the current year in Holland. 5 young scientists are granted with scholarships.
Director of the program from NATO member countries is professor Krauthammer. Doctor Mataradze - from NATO partner countries. 15 workers of Tsulukidze Mining Institute worked on the project and research.