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High Value-added Ships & Key Technologies of Offshore Plant

Geoje - Production Research Center, ICT Convergence Center Daejeon - Ship and Offshore Research Center Pangyo - Energy Plant Research Center

The Samsung Heavy Industries Research Institute which started off in 1984 as the name of Development Team of the Basic Design Division had been developed with the change of the name for several times from the Shipbuilding and Maritime Research Institute, the Production Technologies Research Institute, the Industrial Technologies Research Institute to Central Research Institute. Samsung Heavy Industries Institute has officially been in operation since 2014, and has several branches nationwide. The Central Research Institute spearheads research and development for high added value ships and offshore plant technology, while the Geojae, Daejeon, and Pangyo R&D Center branches make efforts to strengthen the company’s technological competitiveness through the specialized strategic R&D.

Operating under the motto, “Project-associated R&D, improved performance and cost competitiveness for enhanced product competitiveness and maximized engineering and building efficiency through the use of ICT technologies,” the Samsung Heavy Industries Central Research Institute is engaged in a variety of research tasks. Samsung Heavy Industries continues to provide much-needed high-quality product performance in order to meet customer demands through sustained R&D activities and infrastructure expansion.

Towing Tank

Samsung Ship Model Basin(SSMB) situated in Daejeon, has one of the world's largest commercial towing tank with 400 meters in length, 14 meters in width, 7 meters in depth.

Based on this, Samsung Heavy Industries has been concentrating on developing ship performance and new type of ships such as securing the function of linear motor ? propeller, the stability of ship movement ? navigation and developing fuel saving device.

It has two main towing carriages driven by linear induction motors with low noise and vibration.

One carriage has a maximum speed of 18m/s for high-speed ships and the other has a maximum speed of 5m/s for ordinary ships.

Also, a wave maker that is composed of 40 independent plunger units can simulate the real operation state of ocean vessels.

Cavitation Tunnel

Samsung Heavy Industries constructed a large low-noise cavitation tunnel by its own technology in 1996, which was placed in SSMB as one of the world's largest commercial cavitation tunnel. This cavitation tunnel has two different test sections where the No. 1 section enables high-speed model tests through generating the tunnel flow speed up to 28 meters per second.

The No. 2 section can accommodate the maximum of 10m-length entire model ship, and an impeller facilitates the circulation of 650 tons of water inside the tunnel at a speed of 12 meters per second.

SSMB's world class large cavitation tunnel (Samsung Cavitation Tunnel, SCAT) enables cost effective and accurate prediction of cavitation performance such as inception speed, cavitation extent, propeller induced hull pressure fluctuation and rudder cavitation with full model ship which simulates the most reliable wake field.

Valuable tools for flow field measurement and visualization allow sophisticated research regarding flow field around vehicles with complicated arrangement.

Model Manufacturing

To carry out the most accurate model tests in both the towing tank and the cavitation tunnel, the precision of the ship and propeller model manufacturing is essential.

A model ship up to 10 meters in length and a model propeller up to 0.3 diameter can be manufactured by utilizing a high-precision 10-axis CNC machine (two 5-axis manufacturing heads) and a 5-axis CNC machine respectively in full automation.

Up until now, it manufactured 600 Ship Models and 700 Propeller Models with a margin of error of ±1% comparing to actual ships.

SSMB is also making efforts to develop further advanced manufacturing technologies in order to meet the rapid changing ship technologies with complicated shapes of ship models.


Central Research Institute, Samsung Heavy Industries, is certified as international testing laboratory accredited by KOLAS, since 1999.

The Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme(KOLAS) is the governmental accreditation body established on December 8, 1992 and administered by the Korean Agency of Technology and Standards(KATS). KOLAS evaluates the technical competence of testing laboratories based on the general requirements of ISO/IEC 17025.

Laboratories that demonstrate competence and meet the requirements of KOLAS are granted accreditation.

The testing report of Accreditation Schemes accredited by KOLAS means that the report is accepted world widely without any re-testing through 86 Laboratory Accreditation Scheme of ILAC (International laboratory accreditation cooperation) in 72 countries and 37 Laboratory Accreditation Scheme of APLAC in 23 countries.

Samsung heavy industries is accredited in mechanical testing and chemical composition testing.