Heightened sci-tech competition between research institutions, universities

September 4, 2023

Competition heats up between scientific research institutions and universities this year, too.

This year's competition is focusing on the introduction of scientific and technological achievements actually helpful to the economic development and improvement of the people's living standards, including the implementation of the sci-tech development plan for attaining the 12 major goals for national economic development and implementing the tasks facing each economic sector.

Scientific research institutions have made remarkable achievements in their research that are conducive to the production growth.

The Academy of Agricultural Science has presented a series of research findings conducive to supporting the whole course of farming with science and technology. It developed and introduced a seed-coating agent capable of boosting the early growth of crops and increasing the per-hectare yield while preventing various diseases. It also introduced the field electronic map management program and farming support system into farms across the country to provide a guarantee for putting agricultural production on a scientific basis.

It assigned significant scientific research tasks and saw that researchers visited many cities and counties to give technical training courses and demonstrations for the production of slow effective compound granular fertilizer, setting an example in the guidance for scientific farming.

As a result, technical problems which had been regarded as insoluble in the past were solved and many research goals were attained including the development and introduction of agricultural science and technology products which can raise the per-hectare yield of paddy rice and increase the accuracy of estimated production of grains.

The May 28 Metal Research Institute under the Ministry of Metallurgical Industry succeeded in developing a rational casting method suited to the actual conditions, thus contributing to the production of component parts of the energy-saving oxygen blast furnace. The researchers achieved more than 10 research goals to produce insulating bricks by using waste from the repair of oxygen plant.

The Mining Engineering Institute under the Academy of Coal Science developed a new technique to speed up drilling by using a new propulsion device and introduced it into the Ryongdung Coal Mine of the Kujang Area Coal-mining Complex, thus boosting coal production. The Textile Research Institute under the Academy of Light Industry developed a technology for producing cellular fabric for shoes from domestic raw materials and introduced it into production.

The Academy of Food and Consumer Goods Industries under the Ministry of Regional Industry developed a technology for the production of bean paste and soy sauce from wheat and corn and worked out and disseminated the technical guidelines and standards related to it. And it established a large-capacity malt production process for bean paste and soy sauce, thus laying a foundation for regularly supplying malt to condiments factories across the country.

Sci-tech competition has also intensified in different universities.

Kim Il Sung University presented valuable sci-tech findings such as the introduction of various sealing elements using nano composite materials, establishment of cutting tool production line based on domestic raw materials, improvement of performance of nano composite fuel additive and its introduction. Research findings announced by Kim Chaek University of Technology include the expanded introduction of the electric pulse water treatment technology, research and manufacture of various medical devices and development of various permanent magnet synchronous motors.

Pyongyang University of Transport published research findings conducive to modernizing railways including the development and introduction of hydraulic self-steering device for electric locomotives. Chongjin University of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering developed an optimum control system into the oxygen blast furnace of the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex to predict the sulphur grade with high accuracy.

Besides, the Automation Institute, the Hydrogen Energy Institute and other units under the State Academy of Sciences and universities set themselves realistic research goals during the competition and are pressing on with the introduction of the already developed research findings into relevant units.


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