Engineering Science and Mechanics
About Engineering Science and MechanicsThe aim of this course’s curriculum and research activities is the conception and creation of new functions that are in harmony with people and the environment. Research with a basis in mechanical engineering spans five fields—energy and the environment, materials sciences, mechanical controls, manufacturing and processing processes, and applied micro- and nano-technologies— also incorporating various branches of the fields of engineering, science, and medicine.
Research Domainmicro- and nano-technologies, next-generation robots, reusable energy, intelligent machines, function design, space, vibration analysis, controls, natural energy sources, heat pumps, tribology, advanced safety vehicles, human-machine interfaces, functional materials, micromachines, molecular robots
Hydrogen storage for future hydrogen society
Hydrogen is now stored as gas phase in high pressure cylinders, whose volumetric and gravimetric capacities are quite low. Alternative method to store hydrogen is to store it as liquid form, but it requires low temperatures. Recently, hydrogen storage in solid materials has attracted a great attention because of high volumetric capacity and safety. After discovery of an Al-based quasicrystal alloys in 1984, we have been working for hydrogen storage in Ti-based quasicrystals to investigate the total hydrogen performance, because of their unique structures. On the other hand, magnesium hydride (MgH2) is one of the most promising candidates for hydrogen storage materials, due to its high hydrogen storage capacity with a theoretical value of 7.6 wt.%. However, the practical use of MgH2 for hydrogen storage is limited, due to its high thermodynamic stability and slow hydrogen kinetics. In our laboratory, we also work for MgH2 to improve its total hydrogen performance after doping some catalysts. Instead of these hydrogen storage materials, we also work for electrochemical hydrogenation for some alloys, production of shape memory alloys, oxygen storage materials and thin metallic films, and novel industrial application of biomass.
Through the research and development of a robot as an intelligent mechanical system, we will create the new concept of the robot and its realization, and we will develop technologies contribute to the society by improving the mechanical system around us more intelligent using robot technologies.
It is very important how to design the concept of the robot system, and we should think the system as a human centric robotics because robots are always support human beings.
Although the market of the robot now is not so big, we expect the robot will be inevitable in the society with decreasing birth rate and increasing elderly. We will research the robot with an objective of the system clearly.
|Lab.||Head of Lab.||Keyword|
|Materials Science and Engineering Lab.||Akito Takasaki / Susumu Uematsu / Alicja Klimkowicz||Detail||Hydrogen, Oygen, Powder metallurgy, Thin film, Biomass|
|Combustion Engineering Lab.||Hiroyasu Saito||Detail||Combustion engineering, Thermal engineering|
|Manufacturing Processing Laboratory||Koshiro Aoki||Detail||Severe plastic deformation process, High strengthen process, Ultra-fine grained material, Shear deformation process, Micro parts forming, Cutting resistance decrement, Metallographic investigation, Toughness modification, Formability improvement, Fatigue limit improvement|
|Energy and Environmental Engineering Lab.||Kotaro Tanaka||Detail||solar thermal energy utilization, chemical energy storage, thermoelectric converter|
|Mechanical Dynamics Lab.||Naoki Hosoya||Detail||Vibration engineering, Acoustic engineering, Modal testing, Laser-induced plasma, Damage detection|
|Nano-Micro Advanced Science & Technology Lab.||Naoki Ono||Detail||Heat transfer engineering, Fluid mechanics|
|Intelligent Mechanical Systems Laboratory||Nobuto Matsuhira||Detail||Robotics, Mechatronics, Robot system|
|Smart Materials Laboratory||Shingo Maeda||Detail||Chemical Robotics, Soft Robotics, Polymer Gel, Gel Actuator, Self-motion in chemical system|
|Intelligence Information Processing Laboratory||Shingo Nakamura||Detail||Artificial intelligence, Robot, Image processing|
|Material strength Lab.||Shinji Hashimura||Detail||Material strength, Fracture mechanics|
|Biomechanics Lab.||Sota Yamamoto||Detail||Biomechanics|
|Micro Robotics Lab.||Sumito Nagasawa||Detail||Micro machine engineering, Mechatronics, Biomimetics|
|Human Machine System Lab.||Toshiya Hirose||Detail||Vehicle, Active Safety, Driver, Driving Simulator, Vehicle Regulation|
|Applied Ethics Laboratory||Yasushi Koide||Detail||Science and Technology Ethics, Bioethics, Philosophy, Ethics|
|Speech Communication Laboratory||Yuko Yamashita||Detail||Voice, Language acquisition, English analysis|
|Computational Material Science Laboratory||Yusuke Tomita||Detail||Super computer, Algorithm, Simulation, Magnetic material, Mathematical science, Dielectric|
Objectives in Education and Research
The vision of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics is to develop professionals with advanced skills by capitalizing on engineering/technology know-how and academic intellect to realize innovations that serve a noble function. The Department prepares students to be able to comprehend the current state of science and technology from a global perspective, and then to envisage the next generation of technologies to build a harmonious relationship between mechanical engineering and humanity, which encompasses the interpersonal environment and associated emotional influences.
- An engineer with ethical responsibilities and concerns, able to constantly evaluate mechanical engineering requirements from a global rather than a human-centered perspective.
- A proactive engineer who understands phenomena and events, able to analyze and act appropriately.
- An interdisciplinary approach to understand mankind and mechanics incorporating technology and resource/environment/culture/society/economy from an engineering perspective, ultimately transforming those concepts into an innovative design.