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Hoon Huh


Dr. Hoon Huh, 64 years old, is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea. He received his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Applied Mechanics in 1978 and in 1986, respectively. During his Ph.D.course at the University of Michigan, he had focused his research on Metal Forming and Mathematical Plasticity. After his Ph.D. degree, he joined the faculty of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology as an assistant professor in 1986 and conducted his research work on metal forming, net-shape manufacturing, material testing for forming limit diagram, crash analysis of vehicles.

In his early research,he developed novel techniques to construct a forming limit diagram for sheet metal forming.  He devised a new-type of specimens for experiments in constructing a forming limit diagram.  He also tried to obtain a forming limit diagram considering the aspects of deep-drawing instead of stretching with a specially designed specimens and apparatus.  Later on, he utilized a concept of inverse analysis for sheet metal forming and as a result, he succeeded in establishing a process design of rectangular cup drawing with the large aspect ratio, which is used for a case of rechargeable battery in cellular phones. The result was published in an international journal to disseminate the new information obtained from numerical simulations rather than experiments. Until then, the market share of the rechargeable battery was entirely occupied by Japanese companies. He also made a contribution to reduction of spring-back in sheet metal forming of high strength steels.

The influence of rate-dependent material properties on the car crash was studied extensively by him and his students for more than twenty years.  This kind of investigations was first in Korea and had not been reported even in the world since this kind of research results was a sort of confidence in automotive industries. He also tried to identify the correlation between the material properties and the strain rates. He has produced the strain-rate dependent material properties of more than 150kinds of materials including conventional steel, high strength steel, advanced high strength steel as well as aluminum alloy, magnesium alloy, copper alloy, polymers and composites.  The material properties of stress-strain curves are provided with the variation of strain rate ranged from quasi-static to 200/sec up to 1000/sec. He and his students also proposed several strain-rate dependent material models and one of them has been adopted in a commercial code of LS-DYNA. He is now working for standardization of the dynamic material properties with the variation of strain rate in various testing equipment and related specimens for automotive and defense industries.

He also made extensive contributions to several engineering problems: design of the primary switch used in electric power plants in order to reduce the electric power dissipation and the corresponding temperature elevation; straightening of aluminum pipes used in production of arrows and light tents; design of a HEV relay switch; leveling of coils of steel sheets for auto-body; leveling of steel codes with several wires for reinforcement of tires.

He has made distinguished contributions in establishing the Korean Society for Technology of Plasticity (KSTP) in 1992 and a new journal of International Journal of Automotive Technology (IJAT) in 2000. He served as president of KSTP(2007) and Editor-in-Chief of IJAT(2005-2013). He was the Dean of School of mechanical, aerospace and systems engineering and Head of Department of mechanical engineering at KAIST. He was also the Director of KAIST Valufacture Institute of Mechanical Engineering for Brain Korea 21C project granted to distinguished universities from Korean government.

He has made seminal contributions to the engineering of deformation processing and structural analysis with rate-dependent plasticity through computational simulations and experimental characterization.

Current Research

  • Material Characterization of Steels, Metals, Polymers at intermediate and high strain rates
  • Sheet Metal forming, Spring-back
  • Impact Loading of CID at intermediate strain rates
  • Defense Warhead Impact Analysis at high strain rates

Interested topics

  • Material Characterization of Steels, Metals, Polymers at intermediate and high strain rates
  • Sheet Metal Forming, Spring-back
  • Crash Analysis, Crashworthiness of Vehicles
  • Impact Loading at high strain rates
  • Fracture Criteria, Fracture Analysis



  • Korean Government Scholarship (1982)
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, University of Michigan (1984)
  • Korean-American Honor Scholarship (1984)
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Korean Society for Technology of Plasticity (2003)
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Korean Society of Automotive Engineers (2003)
  • KAIST Contribution Award, KAIST (2005)
  • Sangwoo Academic Award, Korean Society for Technology of Plasticity (2008)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow (2009)
  • KAIST Technology Innovation Award, KAIST (2012)
  • Springer-IJAT Most Cited Article Award (2014)
  • International Impulse Forming Group, Plenary Member (2009-2018)
  • ICTP Standing Advisory Board member (2014-2018)
  • Prof. H. T. Hahn (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace  Engineering,UCLA)
  • Prof. T. Wierzbicki (Department of MechanicalEngineering,MIT)
  • Prof. F. Šebek (Institute of Solid Mechanics, Mechatronics and Biomechanics, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic)
  • Prof. Prof. Y. Lou (Department of MechanicalEngineering,Xian Jaotung University, China)
  • Prof. Prof. Y. Bao (Department of Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering,Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China)
  • Prof. L. Gunawan (Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace  Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia)


  • Metals and Materials, an International Journal, Editor (1997-2004)
  • International Journal of Vehicle Design, Guest Editor(1999-2002)
  • International Journal of Automotive Technology, Editor(2000-2004)
  • International Journal of Automotive Technology,Editor-in-Chief(2005-2013)
  • Open Mechanics, Scientific Advisory Board (2007- 2018)
  • Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements, Editorial Board (2010-2018)
  • International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Editorial Board (2018)

Conference Organization

  • 9th Asia-Pacific Conference of Engineering Plasticity and its Application, Organizing Committee Chair (2006-2008)
  • 10th, 11th Asia-Pacific Conference of Engineering Plasticity and its Application,Steering Committee Chair (2008-2013)
  • United StatesKorea Conference 2010, Automotive and Aerospace Mechanics Symposium, Chair (2010)
  • 8th NUMISHEET Conference, Organizing Co-chair (2011)
  • 8th NUMISHEET Conference, Benchmark Committee Chair (2011)
  • 6th International Conference of High Speed Forming, Organizing Committee Chair (2012-2014)
  • 2nd ~ 12th AEPA, International Scientific Committee (1994-2016)
  • 1st REMTE, International Scientific Committee (1994)
  • 2nd IMMM, International Scientific Committee (1994)
  • 3rd APCMP, International Advisory Committee (1996)
  • 4th AEPA, Organizing Committee (1998)
  • 4th APCMP, International Advisory Committee (1999)
  • 5th IMMM, International Scientific Committee (2001)
  • 5th APCMP, International Advisory Committee (2001)
  • 5th NUMISHEET, Organizing Committee, Benchmark Committee (2002)
  • 2nd CJK-OSM, International Scientific Committee (2002)
  • 19th EVS, Organizing Committee (2002)
  • 6th APCMP, International Advisory Committee (2003)
  • 5th NUMIFORM, International Scientific Committee (2004)
  • 6th NUMISHEET, International Scientific Committee (2005)
  • 13th IPC, Organizing Committee (2005)
  • ICAM 2005, International Steering Committee (2005)
  • S2P, Organizing Committee (2006)
  • AFDM, Organizing Committee (2006)
  • CMESM, International Scientific Committee (2006)
  • 9th ICTP, International Scientific Committee (2008)
  • Material Characterisation, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, International Scientific Committee (2009-2016)
  • 10th USNCCM X, International Scientific Committee (2009)
  • 7th, 8th NUMIFORM, Advisory Committee (2010, 2013)
  • 4th International Conference on Advanced Manufacturing (ICAM 2012), International Scientific Committee (2012)
  • 9th NUMISHEET, International Scientific Committee (2014)
  • 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th ICHSF, Scientific Committee (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  • 11th ICTP, International Scientific Committee (2014)
  • 12th ICTP, International Scientific Committee (2017)
  • 10th, 11th NUMISHEET, International Scientific Committee (2016-2018)
  • 17th International Conference on Metal Forming 2018, International Scientific Committee (2018)
  • 37th International Deep-Drawing Research Group Conference, IDDRG 2018, International Scientific Committee (2018)