A research institute specializing in Materials Science

Advanced Metals Division

Department of Titanium

Head of Department
Park, Chan-hee

Department Introduction

Department of Titanium develops novel manufacturing technologies of Ti-based alloys, and also designs new alloys that have exceptional properties such as ultrahigh strength, excellent corrosion resistance and high biocompatibility. Recently, we have intensively studied ‘Highly-Sensitive Flexible Metal’ and ‘Nano-structured Pure Titanium’ for structural material as well as for bio applications.


Major Activities

2017 Titanium Technology Workshops (2017/06/15~17)
Establishment of Titanium Department in KIM, and Titanium Symposiums in 2017 KIM Spring & Fall conference
Technology transfer related to “Heat treatment technology of shape memory alloy for orthodontics (fixed payment: ~390,000 dollars)
Research on Ti alloys (18 SCI papers, 21 patents)

Major Research Area

Alloy design of high strength, high formability and low modulus titanium alloys
Melting and casting of titanium alloy ingot using VAR and ISM
Plastic forming and special joining technology of titanium alloys
Fabrication of titanium alloy sheets and porous metals by powder process
Alloy design and application of bulk metallic glasses and high entropy alloys
Development of novel extraction technology for special metals (Nb, Ta, V…) of alloying elements in titanium.

Future Research Plan

  • Development of Ti alloy having strength of 1,400MPa and elongation of 12%
  • Development of wide Ti plate having nanocrystalline structure
  • Development of Ti alloys for 3D printing
  • Cold hearth-based manufacturing and development of processing technology of low-cost, high-purity Ti alloy slab
  • Basic and applied research in new concept high entropy alloys

Major R&D Activities

Turbocharger wheel sample and high-temp. properties of KIMS TiAl alloy

Development of manufacturing process technologies of various shapes of amorphous alloy plates and 3-dimensional shaped thin foil


  • Manufacturing technology of various shapes of defect-free amorphous alloy plate through our peculiar vacuum suction casting process
  • Three-dimensional shaping technology of amorphous alloy foil through vacuum blow forming process employing specific rapid heating method

[Contents and Results]

  • Peculiar vacuum suction casting process to manufacture defect-free amorphous alloy sheet with superior gloss effect
  • Development of specific vacuum blow forming process and equipment by adopting rapid heating method to efficiently give 3-dimensional complex shape to amorphous alloy foil
  • Patents registered (3 domestic and 5 PCT), Patents applied (5 domestic). Technology transfer in progress
Blow forming machine and product
Amorphous casting part and defect-free X-ray CT view