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Mechanical Engineering

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Developing human resources who can contribute to future society through manufacturing innovation

Fields such as the environment, energy, materials, robot, information communication, and biomedical, which are important areas of national policy, are closely related to mechanical engineering, and there is a strong need to conduct education and research into new forms of mechanical engineering incorporating these fields.

To respond to these demands, TUT established the four courses of mechanical systems design, materials and manufacturing, system control and robotics, and environment and energy to train students in mechanical engineering and its applied fields more broadly and in greater depth. In addition, we have established a carefully-thought-out system for tailor-made education according to the aptitude and orientation of each student.

In addition to teaching mechanics, energy, production technology, and system technology that form the basis of mechanical engineering, TUT offers education in applied fields such as robots, nanotechnology, bio MEMS, biomedical welfare, environment, and management, etc. In this way, TUT is developing human resources who can greatly contribute to the development of future society through manufacturing. Through this education and research, we aim to create a base for new mechanical engineering that will be useful for society and give mankind greater dreams and hopes.

Fields of Study

Mechanical Systems Design

Materials and Structural Mechanics Laboratory

The Materials and Structural Mechanics Laboratory researches, develops, and designs materials and structures that have functions suitable for various purposes from the perspectives of both materials mechanics and materials engineering.

Machine Dynamics Laboratory

The Machine Dynamics Laboratory conducts research on modeling, analysis, and design of artifacts such as machinery and structures based on vibration engineering. Specifically, it covers layered structures, beam structures, rotating machinery, and tires, etc. The Laboratory also conducts research on modeling human body movements.

Frontier Forming System Laboratory

The Frontier Forming System Laboratory develops and designs molding process methods for lightweight materials such as high tensile steel, aluminum, magnesium and titanium and lightweight structural parts such as hollow materials, mainly for automotive applications.

MEMS/NEMS Processing Laboratory

The MEMS/NEMS Processing Laboratory develops basic research on next-generation micro/nanostructure creation technology that produces high value-added products and develops devices (bio MEMS, microbial integrated MEMS) with innovative new functions that work at the micro level.

Materials and Manufacturing

Materials Function Control Laboratory

The Materials Function Control Laboratory conducts multi-scale microstructure control of metallic materials through deformation process and alloy design. The laboratory is studying for"properties and function improvement", and "development of novel metallic materials". The laboratory is also developing new process and improving conventional techniques to expand newly developed material to the industrial world.

Development and Evaluation of High Strength Materials Laboratory

The Development and Evaluation of High Strength Materials Laboratory conducts experimental studies on the strengthening, destruction, plastic deformation, and evaluation of metals and alloys. The Laboratory analyzes material structures and fracture mechanisms from the micro to the atomic level using electron microscopes and X-rays.

Thin Film Laboratory

The Thin Film Laboratory conducts fundamental and applied research on the formation of highly functional metal and oxide thin films using electrochemical film formation technology in aqueous solution and vacuum film forming technology, as well as the use of these thin film materials in applications such as solar cells for the reduction of environmental impact.

Interface and Surface Fabrication Laboratory

The Interface and Surface Fabrication Laboratory conducts research and development with an emphasis on solid phase bonding that supports surface creation and film formation by particle stacking and friction stirring for the purpose of manifesting various functional properties and improving the characteristics of material interfaces and surfaces by bonding and compositing dissimilar materials.

System Control and Robotics

Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory

The Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory is engaged in research on precision mechatronics/robots, mobile robots, nursing robots, and their elemental technologies that combine machine and actuator technology as well as measurement control technology to provide high levels of both convenience and performance with an emphasis on practicality.

System and Control Engineering Laboratory

The System and Control Engineering Laboratory studies human biometric information measurement technology, measurement technology for industrial products, system abnormality prediction/diagnosis, and vehicle safe driving support technology, based on measurements, signal/image processing, and recognition technology.

Instrumentation Systems Laboratory

The Instrumentation Systems Laboratory studies robotics and automation, human-friendly vibration suppression control technology, and intelligent control systems aiming at symbiosis and coexistence between machines and human beings based on both theory and experimentation.

Systems Engineering Laboratory

The Systems Engineering Laboratory works on research topics oriented towards industrial applications from a systematic point of view. The main theme is the proposal and behavior generation of industrial machinery and robot systems based on optimization methods, etc., and decision support for supply chain networks as well as the design and planning of manufacturing processes.

Environment and Energy

Energy Conversion Engineering Laboratory

The Energy Conversion Engineering Laboratory develops a wide range of research related to energy conversion engineering that uses combustion phenomena (for example, furnace combustion, engine combustion, rocket combustion), environmentally-friendly suppression of disasters (fires), and creation of new combustion technologies.

Thermo-Fluid Engineering Laboratory

The Thermo-Fluid Engineering Laboratory conducts fundamental and applied research focusing on convective heat transfer and spray flow, visualization of flow, measurement of heat and droplet properties, and numerical simulations of heat and transport volume, etc.

Natural Energy Conversion Science Laboratory

Based on fundamental research on the elucidation and control of turbulence phenomena, the National Energy Conversion Science Laboratory conducts research on the diffusion of atmospheric pollutants and heat, applied research on reducing aerodynamic noise in transportation equipment, and research on the use of renewable energy.

Energy Conservation Engineering Laboratory

The Energy Conservation Engineering Laboratory conducts research on energy conservation through the use of highly efficient cooling/refrigeration systems, utilization of environmentally-friendly refrigerants, and research on resource conservation and reduction of environmental loads through the development of high-performance purification systems such as lubricating oil.

Courses

Mechanical Systems Design Course

The Mechanical Systems Design Course consists of research groups covering materials mechanics, vibration engineering, molding engineering, and nano/microprocessing, etc., and students study advanced fields such as new material design, dynamic system design, molding processing methods, CAE, micro/nanostructure creation technology, and MEMS.

Learning Characteristics

Based on mechanical engineering topics such as material dynamics, mechanical dynamics, mechanical design, and production processing, students learn applied fields such as solid mechanics, vibration engineering, plasticity processing, precision processing, and microprocessing, and are trained to become highly skilled human resources in fields related to total engineering design of machinery and systems.

Materials and Manufacturing Course

The Materials and Manufacturing Course consists of research groups covering material function control, high strength material development/evaluation, thin film materials, interface/surface creation, etc., and students study advanced fields of materials, production processing, and evaluation of energy, electronics, information, biotechnology, and social infrastructure, etc.

Learning Characteristics

Students learn the fundamentals of new materials, material design, organizational control, material evaluation, and processes, and explore multi-scale material structure control and its evaluation, and development of advanced processes, etc. The course develops human resources with high abilities in the fields of materials and production processing for manufacturing based on mechanical engineering.

System Control and Robotics Course

The System Control and Robotics Course consists of research groups covering robotics/mechatronics, measurement systems, system control, and system engineering, where students learn and research technical science related to topics such as electronic machinery control, measurement/signal image processing, robot/mechatronics design, manufacturing system optimization/intelligence, which are supporting technologies for manufacturing.

Learning Characteristics

Students learn fundamental fields such as measurement control, signal processing, and optimization, and advanced and applied fields such as mechatronics, modern control engineering, measurement system engineering, robot engineering, and production system engineering. The course trains highly skilled human resources who can demonstrate comprehensive analysis and design capabilities in these fields.

Environment and Energy Course

The Environment and Energy Course consists of research groups covering topics such as energy conversion engineering, environmental thermal flow engineering, renewable energy conversion science, energy conservation engineering, and students are engaged in research on the development of combustion equipment with low environmental impact and energy-saving equipment, as well as the use of renewable energy such as wind power and solar thermal power.

Learning Characteristics

Undergraduate students learn fundamental subjects such as thermodynamics and hydrodynamics and then learn subjects related to conversion and transportation of heat and fluid energy, etc. At the graduate school, students learn engineering and technology for more advanced energy conversion, transportation, and energy-saving, etc.

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