A research institute specializing in Materials Science

Advanced Metals Division

Department of Steels

Head of Department
Park, Seong-jun

Department Introduction

Department of Steels is focusing our efforts to create innovative technical solutions for the development of high value-added steels in cooperations with steelmaking companies as well as research institutes. With the goal of promoting cutting-edge technologies, the research works performed at Ferrous Alloy Department cover the important area of steel research to achieve the optimization of alloy design, process/property control and precision analysis technologies.

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Major Activities

Development of multi-functional lean stainless steels : 9 papers published, 2 patents applied.
Development of high specific strength light-weight steel for mobile warfare : 5 papers published, 3 patents applied.
Development of Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels: 4 papers published, 1 patents applied.
Austenitic heat-resistant steels for next-generation energy plants : 2 papers published, 1 patents applied.

Major Research Area

Advanced cold-work tool steels for press-forming of ultra high-strength steel sheets
Development of new stainless steels having price stability and high performances as substitutes for conventional FeCrNi-based austenitic stainless steels
Development of high specific strength light-weight steel for mobile warfare
Advanced austenitic heat-resistant steels for next generation energy plants
Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels for fusion DEMO plant
Fire- and earthquake-resistant steels for building structures

Future Research Plan

  • Development of high strength/toughness light-weight steel for energy plant application.
  • Development of new alloys and their manufacturing technologies for precision tooling of high-strength materials
  • Development of new lean stainless steels and commercialization research
  • Development of new heat-resistant steels and applications to future energy plants

Major R&D Activities

Development of high specific strength light-weight steel for mobile warfare

  • Light-weight steels which is 15% lighter than ordinary steels has been designed. The developed steels have high tensile strength of 1100 MPa.
  • Enhanced ballistic mass effeciency(BME) which is 20% higher than ordinary armor steels.

Development of reduced activation steels for fusion power plant

  • Development of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels with unique chemical compositions which have enhanced mechanical properties such as tensile and impact properties, creep, fatigue, etc. and high resistance to neutron irradiation and swelling
  • Unique reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels with Ti
  • Improved balance of strength and impact toughness

Austenitic heat-resistant steels for next-generation energy plants

  • Optimum composition and process condition are designed to develop advanced austenitic heat-resistant steels for high-temperature applications over 650℃ in next-generation energy plants of high efficiency.
  • Modeling and prediction of creep properties using artificial neural network method.
  • Optimization of Mn content for the maximum oxidation-resistance of TP304H series alloy
  • Development of original alumina-forming alloys (AFA) with superior performances: superior creep- (+62%) and oxidation-resistance (+15%) to the original AFA