[HY's Excellence] A global innovator in the areas of composite material technologies to composite products, collaborating with the world's leading companies
Professor Sung Kyu Ha (Division of Mechanical Engineering)
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Professor Sung Kyu Ha is a professor of mechanical engineering at the College of Engineering and is recognized worldwide as an outstanding performer and technology innovator in the areas of composite materials. Hanyang Structures and Composites Laboratory (HSCL), led by Prof. Ha, has been actively collaborating with world-class companies and leading the core technologies in the areas of composite materials such as BOEING, TOYOTA, BASF, and ARKEMA for the last 30 years. Using composite materials, the performance of structures can be enhanced while reducing the overall weight. The use of the composite material is rapidly accelerated in the industry over a wide range of industry including automobiles, aerospace, sporting goods, construction, ship, etc.
HSCL has performed advanced and innovative research and development in response to industry demand for innovation and commercialization of composite materials using filament winding machine, autoclave, high pressure press, fatigue and impact test equipment. The key research areas of HSCL include: (1) innovative design of composite structures (2) weight reduction of energy-related structures (3) fatigue life prediction of composites (4) thermoplastic composite manufacturing processes, and (5) multiscale of composites. These R&D together with feasibility and proof studies has enabled commercialization of new technology in a short time in the actual industrial field.
As one of the core technologies in HSCL, composite life and failure prediction technology, based on a multi-scale approach, not only improves the efficiency of test produces but also ensures the safety of products. For examples of representative industry-academic cooperation research in this field, Singapore's Defense Research Institute (DSO) supported HSCL to characterize the adhesive bonding and to predict the exact residual strength and repair process of the aircraft body. HSCL further enhanced a life prediction technology to predict the fatigue and damage progression inside aircraft composite structures, supported by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer for the last three years (2017-2019. For the past four years, HSCL also received research supports from TechnipFMC, the world's largest subsea oil and gas pipe manufacturer. Recently, the contract was renewed to aim at developing new thermoplastic composite hybrid flexible pipe that can withstand over 3000 m depth of the seabed with high strength and long life, without causing corrosion in the sea unlike metal pipes.
In the year of 2020, HSCL was selected and titled as Center of Excellence for Elium Composites (CEEC) supported by Arkema, a French thermoplastic and advanced materials company, to develop the commercialization technology of thermoplastic composite material in the areas of wind power blades, construction field, hydrogen pressure vessel, automobile parts. In particular, the research support includes a collaboration with Hyundai Motor to apply thermoplastic ELIUM to future thermoplastic composites of automotive parts.
HSCL has been also selected as an IUCC (INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION CENTER) by Hanyang University in September 2019 to lay the foundation for the mutual growth of Hanyang University and industrial companies. Through this program, HSCL is supported with enough space, equipment, and manpower from the University, and the benefit can be beneficial to member companies such as Arkema, Chomarat, TechnipFMC, Embraer and Hyundai Motors. Companies with IUCC membership will receive the essential technical supports and services from HSCL including the latest commercial composite leading technology, design and equipment resources, business consulting, as well as network sharing between companies. Professor Ha and HSCL researchers will continue to cooperate to revitalize the composite material industry and contribute to society.
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