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Mechanical Systems Safety Research Division

The research division for Mechanical Systems Safety concentrates on the development of core technologies for the design and engineering of large and complex mechanical systems, integrated systems technology, and new mechanical systems, using safety and reliability technologies. Its main research areas include urban or high-speed magnetically-levitated trains, wind turbine systems, dynamic modeling and simulation (M&S), and control technologies, as well as safety and reliability technologies for mechanical and structural systems.

Department of System Dynamics

Research Topics

  • Modeling and simulation for acoustics, vibration, and shock analysis
  • Rotor dynamics and tribology
  • Vibration energy harvesting technology
  • Condition monitoring, diagnosis, and prognosis for mechanical systems
  • Analysis, control, and evaluation on the dynamics of complex machinery systems

Major Achievements

Artificial Intelligence(AI)-based Predictive Diagnosis and Damage Management Technology

Development of intelligent technology to perform predictive diagnosis and damage management based on artificial intelligence in order to enhance safety and reduce the maintenance cost of major plant facilities (pumps, electric motors, generators, piping systems, etc.)


Department of Smart Industrial Machine Technologies

Research Topics

  • Working Area Sensing & Cognition, Autonomous Driving Technology
  • Autonomous Working & Safety Control Technology for Construction/Agriculture Machine
  • Advanced Structure Analysis & Safety Test/Evaluation Technology
  • Mechanical System Design Based on Virtual Reality
  • High-speed & Lightweight Drivetrain Technology

Major Achievements

High speed lightweight gearbox technology for aviation

This is a design, analysis, and testing technology for lightweight gearboxes for aircraft. This technology can be applied to design and analyze the power transmission layout, the elements such as gears and bearings, the hydraulic equipment for cooling and lubrication, and the performance and durability test, considering the high-speed operating condition of the gearbox. This technology can be extended to other high speed applications such as electric cars.


Department of AI Machinery

Research Topics

  • AI-based mechanical system
  • Control technology for unstructured task and cooperation
  • Applications of electromagnetic technology
  • Magnetic levitation and linear drive

Major Achievements

Commercialization of Magnetically-levitated Trains for Urban Transportation

As an alternative to wheel-on-rail trains, wheel-less magnetic trains run with electromagnets and linear motors that support levitation and propulsion, resulting in ecofriendly transportation with low noise levels and vibrations. With the opening of the Incheon International Airport Maglev Line on February 3, 2016, Korea became the second country to commercially operate an urban maglev train system. The technology will play a significant role in solving traffic congestion of urban areas worldwide in an environmentally-friendly way.


Department of Reliability Assessment

Research Topics

  • Development and technical support of reliability assessment system
  • Accelerated life test design, failure analysis and prognostics, reliability analysis and prediction of mechanical systems
  • General performance, environmental safety and life test
  • Engineering for the reliability improvement in overall product life cycle of up to date industry field(drone, robot, renewable energy parts)

Major Achievements

Reliability improvement of domestic mechanical parts

Contribution to strengthening global competitiveness of Korea’s mechanical industries by supporting reliability improvement in overall product life cycle of mechanical parts such as hydraulic breakers, scroll compressors, and boiler components.