Hanover, N.H.-based Hypertherm was recognized for its plasma research led by Hypertherm associate Sung Je Kim, Ph.D.
The research, “Control Of Fluid Dynamic Instability In
Oxygen Plasma Arc Cutting,” published in a scientific journal, was part of
Kim’s doctorate work at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Kim, with
support from Hypertherm engineers Jon Lindsay and John Peters, along with University of Minnesota Professor Joachim Heberlein,
spent more than three years studying fluid dynamics during plasma cutting. He
discovered the fluids were often unstable causing poor cutting. He then worked
on technology to make the fluids more stable and improve cut
Kim’s was one of 17 papers selected by the
International Organizing Committee of this year’s International Symposium on
Plasma Chemistry. The ISPC is a biannual international conference focused on
topics that encompass plasma chemistry and plasma processing science. Top
plasma experts from around the world gather to present recent progress in
plasma chemistry and its applications.
Kim continues to
apply his work at Hypertherm, where he is helping to design the next generation
of Powermax cutting and gouging systems. He is one of nearly 100 engineering
associates dedicated to research and development at Hypertherm.
is committed to advancing plasma cutting and is always looking for ways to
improve the performance and reliability of our plasma systems,” said Mike
Shipulski, Hypertherm’s director of engineering. “Efforts such as those by Sung
Je Kim and dozens of our other plasma experts are critical to the continued
innovation of our products.”
Hypertherm has funded research
at the University
of Minnesota for more
than a decade and now employs several former students who received doctorate degrees
at the school.