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Prof Baoyan Duan, Xidian University

On innovation, simulation, mode experiments and engineering of the five hundred meters Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST)



Baoyan DuanAcademician of Chinese Academy of Engineering President of Xidian University of China between 2002 and 2012.

He received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Xidian University, in 1981, 1984, and 1989 respectively. From 1991 to 1994, he studied as Postdoctoral Fellow at Liverpool University. He was a Visiting Scientist at Cornell University of USA in 2000. His current position is full Professor of Xidian University. Interests include mechatronics, electromechanical coupling theory & technology, and engineering optimization. He has published 6 books and over 200 papers.

He is a Fellow of IET and Chairman of Electromechanical Engineering Society of China. He serves as editors of eleven academic magazines.

He received three prizes of national award for science & technology progress of China (2004, 2008 and 2013). In 2012, he received the Hong Kang HLHL prize for science & technology progress.

CCTV (Chinese Central TeleVision station) broadcast a special program entitled DUAN Baoyan: Minor discipline and Great Vision ( in November, 2016.


This keynote speech will give a comprehensive introduction about the development of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope project (FAST) located in Guizhou Province, south west part of China.

Firstly, the novel design of FAST project with three innovations is presented in detail. Secondly, the theory, methodology and numerical simulation of project are described. Thirdly, the scale models with one percent and one tenth of the real 500 meters merit are developed and tremendous amount of experiments were experienced with valuable results.

The above research works had paved a solid way to build the practical FAST telescope. And finally, the engineering implementation of FAST is discussed and the rare initial observing results are presented.

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