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Research Research Facilities

Korea's leading ship and offshore plant research institute, KRISO

Research Facilities

Since
1978

Towing Tank

Used in basic ship performance assessment (self-propulsion, resistance, etc.), evaluation and development of hull structure form of various vessels, and performance test and design of propellers.

Dimensions, Achievement, Functions
Dimensions Achievement Functions
200 x 16 x 7m (L x M x D) Test capacity of 2,000 model ships
  • Powering performance tests, Flow visualization, Wave pattern analyses

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Since
2009

Large Cavitation Tunnel

Used in the evaluation of fluid capacity in relation to ship-propeller-rudder interactions and cavitation tests of propellers.

Dimensions, Achievement, Functions
Dimensions Achievement Functions
  • 60m×22.5m×6.5m(L×H×W)
  • Sectional area : 12.5m×1.8m×2.8m(L×H×W)
  • Vm= 16.5m/s
  • Pressure range abs. 0.02 ~ 3.5 bar
Interaction between hull, thruster, rudder, and appendages. Propeller cavitation inception speed test
  • Design and test capacity of high value-added merchant ship propeller
  • Test capacity of special ship propeller such as large scale and small scale high speed vessels and Korean type submarines

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Since
1982

Cavitation Tunnel

Used in the evaluation of fluid capacity in relation to ship-propeller-rudder interactions and cavitation tests of propellers.

Dimensions, Achievement, Functions
Dimensions Achievement Functions
12m×2m×8m (Sectional area : 0.6m×0.6m)
  • Design and test capacity of 1,000 propellers
  • Test capacity of various types of surface ships and propellers, submerged bodies, and special ships’ propellers
  • Evaluate and design fluid capacity of underwater body of revolution

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Since
2017

High-Speed Cavitation Tunnel

The world's largest common tank for supercavitation experiments

Dimensions, Achievement, Functions
Dimensions Achievement Functions
  • Dimensions (L×W×H) 16.5m x 2.4m x 9.5m
  • Test section size(L×W×H) 3.0m x 0.3m x 0.3m
  • Max. water speed 20.4m/s
  • Pressure range abs. 0.1 ~ 2.0 bar
  • Research using a high-speed flow over 20 m/s
  • Research of two-phase flow using air bubble capturing function
  • Research on cavitation test using flow rate and pressure control
  • R&D on supercavitation test
  • Research on submerged body cavitation and noise measurement
  • R&D on submerged body force measurement and measurement sensors
  • Research on fuel-saving paint for ships and testing of erosion
  • R&D in rudder and control fin
  • Research on air lubrication system for ships
  • Velocity correction test

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Since
2009

Ice Tank

Used in model ice generation and measurement of characteristics, model vessel (ice breaking vessel) testing and key technology development, and development of real-time safe navigation technology for northern sea routes.

Dimensions, Achievement, Functions
Dimensions Achievement Functions
  • 42m×32m×2.5m (L×W×D, icing area: 32m×32m)
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning system (-30°C)
  • Ultra-low temperature cold room (-50℃)
  • X-Y towing carriage (Max. speed 3m/s) and auxiliary towing carriage
  • Tested the ice resistance of icebreaking research ship ‘ARAON’
  • Tested capacity of extreme low temperatures of cold room
  • Secured design/shipbuilding/performance test technology for high value-added icebreakers
  • Prevented leakage of shipbuilding technology to other countries by attracting ice model tests to Korea
  • Established foundation for polar frozen ground study and engineering in Korea

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Since
1998

Ocean Engineering Basin

Enables simulation of realistic maritime environment, including waves, wind, and currents, for maneuverability and stability test of ships and offshore structures and performance assessment of maritime equipment.

Dimensions, Achievement, Functions
Dimensions Achievement Functions
56×30×4.5m (L×W×D)
  • Tested seaworthiness, navigation, and dynamic stability performance of about 200 ships and offshore structures
  • Tested mooring and DP performance of ships and offshore structures in waves, wind, and tidal currents
  • Performed movement performance and underwater acoustics tests of submerged bodies (ROV and AUV)
  • Analyzed performance of wave and wind power generators
  • Seaworthiness and navigation performance test and design of ships and offshore structures
  • Analysis of interaction between maritime environment and coastal and offshore structures
  • Performance testing of maritime equipment and energy utilization technology

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Since
2020

Wave Energy Test Site

The Wave Energy Test Site provides the infrastructure and environmental data needed to conduct a wave energy test in the sea, and simplifies the licensing procedures of the test to reduce the time and cost required for the demonstration, facilitating the development and commercialization of wave power generation.

Dimensions, Achievements, Functions
Dimensions Achievements
  • Public water area: 1,040,225 m2
  • Grid connection: MW
  • Test site: 5 anchorages

Main Functions

  • On-site performance evaluation of the gird connection for wave energy and floating offshore wind farm, verification of installation and recovery technology, and optimization of the operation
  • Providing test-bed for on-site evaluation of maritime equipment and offshore plant technology

Facility and Equipment

  • Submarine cable and underwater connector: 22.9 kV/50 ㎡ (3-phase), 600 V/3.5 ㎡ (3-phase), 24 SM optical cable
  • Test-bed for on-site evaluation of maritime equipment and offshore plant technology
  • Offshore substation facility: VCB board, power monitoring
  • Inland substation facility: 5 MW grid connection
  • Control facility and remote surveillance and control system
    • Offshore safety control (V-PASS, AIS, X-band Radar, CCTV camera, VHF)
    • Facility safety control (electricity, machine, air conditioning)
    • Environment monitoring (wave, tidal current, and weather data)
    • Performing data management (DB server, real-time gateway) etc.
  • Customer center: Providing residential spaces for customers at each anchorage
  • Navigation mark buoy: LL-28 (2 sets)
  • Wave and tidal current observation: Waverider (2 sets), ADCP-type wave-height meter (3 sets), etc.

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Since
1997

Full Mission Bridge Simulator

Used in navigation simulation, maritime traffic safety, and maritime accident analysis based on modeling of maneuverable characteristics or dynamic motion response of ships in relation to external forces such as wind, waves, current, and weather.

Dimensions, Achievements, Functions
Dimensions Achievements Functions
FMB(Full Mission Bridge) class
  • Maritime transportation safety evaluation study (about 130 cases at major ports throughout Korea, including the Gyeongin ARA Waterway)
  • Establishment of naval shipbuilding and navigation training equipment (Naval Education and Training Command; 6 sets in June 2003)
  • Analysis of causes of maritime accidents (including the Hebei Spirit accident)
Ship dynamics modeling, 3D terrain data modeling, Maritime traffic safety assessment

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Since
2010

Hyperbaric Chamber

Used in performance testing and safety assessment of underwater pressure-resistant structures and underwater equipment (sensors, propellers, etc.).

Dimensions, Achievements, Functions
Dimensions Achievements Functions
  • Max. 600bar (Inside Dimensions (Dia.×D) : 0.8m × 2.1m
  • Pressurization speed : 1 ~ 100(bar/min)
  • Testing for national R&D projects including AUV internal pressure testing
  • Testing for private companies including optical buoy pressure testing
  • Testing for university R&D projects including deep water pipe pressure testing
  • Used in the of equipment for deep water resource exploration
  • Securing basis for research in maritime science and technology and ocean utilization
  • Securing the basis for new growth engine including advanced maritime equipment, offshore plants, and high value-added ships

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Since
2020

Deep Ocean Engineering Basin

Performance evaluation and verification of ships and offshore structures through reproduction of the deep sea environment

Dimensions, Achievement, Environment reproduction equipment and facilities (10 facilities)
Dimensions Achievement Environment reproduction equipment and facilities (10 facilities)
  • Large rectangular water tank (world’s largest)
    • Water tank floor area: 100m x 50 m
    • Water tank depth: 15 m ※ Depth adjustable from 0 to 15 m
    • Construction area (gross area): 9,878.33 m2 (15,102.29 m2)
  • Pit: diameter 12m x depth 50 m (with reference to the water plane)
    ※ Water level adjustable to 35 m from the bottom of the water tank
  • System Wave generator
  • Current generator
  • Wind generator
  • Adjustable depth control
  • X-Y Carriages(main & sub) with high precision rail system
  • Complete set of measurement system
  • Water Tank Building and Research Building at Deep Sea Engineering Water Tank
  • Aerial view of inside of Water Tank Building and research facilities at Deep Sea Engineering Water Tank

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