The Continuum Damage Mechanics (CDM) is a science that comprehensively studies the process of "material mechanics", "structural mechanics", "damage mechanics", and "numerical analysis", based on the physical evidence of continuum mechanics. Recently, the CDM is getting more attentions in terms of its usefulness to solve avariety of non-linear problems such as cryogenic, collision and fatigue. Furthermore, it is widely used to develop advanced materials.
The laboratory belongs to the Department of Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering of the Pusan National University. The main focus of the studies done in the laboratory is to develop techniques for assessing the material and structural safety by utilizing the CDM. In addition, the studies that are conducted in the laboratory include, but not limited to, the "damage tolerance design", the "life-design", and the "integrity evaluation method" of ships and off shore structures, with the theoretical bases such as the elas to-plastic and the dislocation theories, fracture, fatigue, creep, fracture thoughness, residual stress, the non-linear structural mechanics, the fracture mechanics, the continuum damage mechanics, and the finite element method.