KANSAI UNIVERSITY

Kansai University

Engineering Science Major
Mechanical Engineering

Nanophysics and Nanomaterials Engineering

ProfessorITO Takeshi

t.ito @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Biosensor based on functional surfaces and nanosize structures
② Physical‒chemical analysis of nanosize materials and their application for sensors
③ Biomimicry and related engineering

Key Words

Micro fabrication process, self‒assembled nanostructure, nanosize materials, thin film, biomaterial, inorganic and organic catalyst, biomimicry

Applications

Biochemical analysis, Biomimetics, Food analysis, Environment analysis, Micro fluidic device, Bioreactor

Nanophysics and Nanomaterials Engineering

ProfessorSHINGUBARA Shoso

shingu @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Fabrication and functionalization of various ferromagnetic and semiconductor nanowires using porous alumina template
② nano memory devices such as ReRAM and neuromorphic device
③ Fabrication and reliability study of through-Si Via of 3-dimensional LSIs
④ Electroless and Electro-plating of metal interconnections

Key Words

Nanotechnology, Selforganization, Spitronics, Quantum Size Effect Devices, MEMS, Sensor, Plating, Reliability, Electromigration, Nanowire

Applications

Non voratile memory, 3-D LSI, Nano-Bio Sensor, Solar Cell, Jisso Technology

Nanophysics and Nanomaterials Engineering

Associate ProfessorSHIMIZU Tomohiro

shimi @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Synthesis of semiconductor nanowires and application of the wire to electronics devices
② Fabrication of nanostructures using porous alumina template
③ Development of mass-synthesis of metal and semiconductor nanowires

Key Words

Quantum Wire, Nano-wire, Nano-rod, Nano-particle, Whisker, Anodic Alumina, Porous Alumina, Vapor- Liquid-Solid Growth Chemical Vapor Deposition

Applications

Wrap-gated Nanowire Transistor, Photovoltaic Cell, Light Emitting Device,Transparent Conductive Film

Fluid Engineering and Biomechanics

ProfessorBANDO Kiyoshi

website

bando @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Fluid mechanics and Biomechanics
② Coupled problem between flow and deformation of elastic membrane
③ Blood flow in blood vessels

Key Words

Erythrocyte, Blood Flow, Airflow in Lung, Coupled Problem, Computational Biomechanics, Buckling, Elastic Membrane,Microcapsule, Osmotic Pressure, Cell, Polymer Gel

Applications

Medical Information, Medical Diagnosis, Drug Delivery, Analysis Soft, Optimum Design

Fluid Engineering and Biomechanics

ProfessorYAMAMOTO Yasufumi

website

yamayasu @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Numerical analysis of multiphase flows containing moving and deforming interfaces
② Application of wettability and surface tension dominated phenomena

Key Words

Numerical Simulation, Multiphase Flow, Interface, Bubble, Drop, Wettability

Applications

Pricing, coating

Fluid Engineering and Biomechanics

Associate ProfessorTAJIKAWA Tsutomu

website

tajikawa @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Design, development and evaluation of mechanical specifications for artificial/native organs
② Measurement of time constants for relaxation as deformability of human erythrocyte microchannel technique
③ Development of fiber-optic velocity sensor for opaque and semi-opaque fluid

Key Words

Fluid Engineering and Biomechanics, Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Flow Visualization and Measurements, Engineering-based Medicine, FSI(Fluid-structure Interaction) Problem

Applications

Mechanical Evaluation for Native/Artificial Organ / Tissue, Design and Development of Artificial Organ and Diagnostic/Therapeutic Devices

Materials Engineering

ProfessorSAITOH Ken-ichi

saitou @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Microscopic evaluation of strength and function of materials by molecular dynamics
② Numerical simulation and experiment of shape memory effect in nano-sized materials
③ Development of computational mechanics

Key Words

Computational Mechanics, Molecular Dynamics, NEMS, Particle Methods, Interface, Atomic Cluster, Shape Memory Alloys, Strength and Mechanical Properties

Applications

Evaluation of Materials, New Materials, Metals, Plastics, Information Technology, Micromechatronics, Biological System, Plastic Working, Stable Structures

Materials Engineering

ProfessorTAKUMA Masanori

website

t940081 @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① The evaluation of the mechanical properties and the damage of the material with non-destructive inspection method
② The material design which adopted the concepts of the smart material and structure

Key Words

Fatigue, Wear, Damage, Nondestructive Inspection, Material Evaluation, Life Evaluation, Film, Composite Material, Material Design, Wavelet Transform, Neural Network, Fractal, Chaos

Applications

Soundness Evaluation of Structural Member Part, Material Design, Smart Materials & Structure

Materials Engineering

Associate ProfessorSATO Tomohiro

website

tom_sato @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Development of sintering process for Cu alloy
② Evaluation of mechanical properties on sintering alloy
③ Evaluation of tribological properties on copper alloy
④ Molecular dynamics on sliding system of sulfides
⑤ Molecular dynamics on phase transformation of Ni-Ti alloy

Key Words

Powder metallurgy, Sintering, Cu alloy, Material strength, tribology, solid lubricant Computational mechanics, Molecular dynamics, shape memory alloy

Applications

Material design, Sliding members, Evaluation of material function, Development of material manufacturing

Materials Engineering

Associate ProfessorTAKAHASHI Yoshimasa

website

yoshim-t @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Micro-mechanism of fatigue fracture
② Strength properties of micro/nano-scale materials
③ Micro-characterization of structural materials for strength evaluation

Key Words

Metal Fatigue, Micro-mechanism, Crack-tip, Fracture Mechanics, Micro-characterization of Materials, Electron Microscopy, Thin Film Materials, Interface, Strength Law, Mezo-scale, Micro/nano-structures

Applications

Design and Evaluation Techniques of Material Strength, Techniques of Material Characterization, MEMS・NEMS Device, LSI Device

Tribology and Micromechatronics for Information Equipment

ProfessorKOGANEZAWA Shinji

skoga @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Mechatronics device for IoT(Internet of things)
② Small-sized sensors and actuators
③ Measurement of viscoelasticity

Key Words

IoT Hard disk drive, Optical disk drive, Sensors and actuators, Small-sized flyng robot, Measurement of viscoelasticity

Applications

IoT Hard disk drives, Optical disk drives, Mechatronics, Damping and vibration control

Tribology and Micromechatronics for Information Equipment

ProfessorTAGAWA Norio

website

tagawa @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Nano-tribology and Nano-mechatronics of information storage devices and systems
② Micro-electoro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and Nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS)
③ Triblogy, design, and dynamics of mechanical systems

Key Words

Nano-technology in Mechanical Engineering, Tribology, Mechanics, Dynamics, HDD, Head Disk Interface, Lubricant, DLC, Ultra-thin Films

Applications

Information and Precision Equipments, Hard Disk Drives, Optical Storage, Probe Storage Devices, Printer, High Speed Positioning Systems

Tribology and Micromechatronics for Information Equipment

ProfessorTANI Hiroshi

website

hrstani @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Tribology of ultra-thin molecular lubricant film
② Tribology of carbon nano-tube
③ Tribocharge Power Generator

Key Words

Tribology, Perfluoropolyether, PFPE, Carbon Nanotube, Head-disk Interface, Magnetic Disk, Magnetic Head Slider, Tribocharge Power Generator

Applications

MEMS, Hard Disk Drive, Magnetic Disk

Tribology and Micromechatronics for Information Equipment

Associate ProfessorLU Renguo

r_lu @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Development of eco-friendly lubricants and additives
② Tribochemistry
③ Development of smart tribosystem with ultralow friction

Key Words

Tribology, Magnetic Disk, Lubrication of Thin Films, Tribochemistry, Boundary Lubrication, Surface and Interface Control

Applications

Lubricant oil, Bearing, Engine, Automobile, MEMS,
Hard Disk Drive

Thermal Engineering

ProfessorUMEKAWA Hisashi

umekawa @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Heat transfer and flow characteristics in forced convective boiling
② Quantitative measurement of two-phase flow by using NR/XR radiography

Key Words

Heat Transfer, Critical Heat Flux, Flow Instability, Forced Convective Boiling, Cryogenic Fluid, Fluidizedbed, Neutron Radiography, X-ray Radiography

Applications

Boiler, Nuclear Reactor, Distillation Column, Open Rack Vaporizer, Fluidized-bed Heat Exchanger

Thermal Engineering

ProfessorMATSUMOTO Ryosuke

matumoto @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Estimation of frost formation on heat exchange
② Development of heated appliance using tubular flame
③ Mixing and reaction in microchannel

Key Words

Tubular Flame, Combustor, Microchannel, Mixing, Chemical Reaction, Frost Formation, Heat Exchanger

Applications

μ-TAS, Refrigerator, Heat Exchanger

Thermal Engineering

Associate ProfessorAMI Takeyuki

t_ami @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Multi-phase Flow Dynamics
② Critical Heat Flux
③ Numerical Investigation of Multi-phase Flow

Key Words

Thermal Engineering, Multi-phase Flow, Phase Change, Flow Pattern, Heat Transfer, Critical Heat Flux

Applications

Boiler, Heat Exchanger, Nuclear Reactor, Chemical Engineering

Thermal Engineering

Associate ProfessorODA Yutaka

Research Topics

① Large eddy simulations of convective heat transfer in gas turbines
② Development of numerical model for predicting local entropy generation rate in turbulent flows with heat transfer
③ Numerical simulation of conjugate heat transfer based on LES statistics

Key Words

Turbulent heat transfer, Heat transfer enhancement, CFD, Turbulence model, DNS/LES, Entropy generation, Exergy

Applications

Gas turbines, Jet engines, Heat exchangers, Air conditioner, Electronics cooling, Thermal systems, Thermoelectric devices

Manufacturing Systems

ProfessorYAMAGUCHI Tomomi

tomomiym @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Study for silicon micro multi-edged tool using anisotropic etching
② Study for thermochemical loss of diamond

Key Words

Ultra Precision Machining, Micro Machining, Fixture for Assembly, Molecular Dynamics Analysis, Diamond Tool, Tool Wear

Applications

Ultra Precision Machining, Assembly System, Micro Machining, Machining with Diamond Tool

Manufacturing Systems

Associate ProfessorFURUSHIRO Naomichi

furusiro @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Suppression of Tool Wear in Ultra-precision Diamond Turning
② Mechanochemical Superfinishing of Optical and Electronic Materials

Key Words

Ultra-precision Machining, Diamond Tool, Tool Life, Tool Wear, Wear Mechanism, Wear Suppression, Superfinishing, Mechanochemical Superabrasive Stone

Applications

Diamond Turnable Materials with High Heat Resistance and Wear Resistance for Precision Molds of High Performance Optical Components, Superfinishing of Optical Lens, Antifriction Bearing

Manufacturing Systems

Associate ProfessorHIROOKA Daisuke

hirooka @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Flow control valve using PZT vibration
② Precision positioning control mechanism using pneumatic system

Key Words

PZT element, actuator, pneumatic system, device control

Mechanical Dynamics and Control Engineering

ProfessorUTSUNO Hideo

utsuno @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Evaluation of pulse wave propagation in blood vessel
② Noise reduction of automobile and Bulletin train
③ Vibration analysis of time variant system such as robot

Key Words

Vibration, Noise, Wave, Acoustics, Pulse wave in blood vessel, Soundproofing material, Tension, Time variant system, Arteriosclerosis

Applications

Noise and Vibration reduction of Machines, Design of soundproofing material, Diagnosis of tension, Diagnosis of blood vessel by using pulse wave

Mechanical Dynamics and Control Engineering

Associate ProfessorYAMADA Keisuke

yamadak @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Vibration and noise reduction using smart structure system
② Vibration suppression using dynamic vibration absorber
③ Vibration isolation
④ Modal analysis

Key Words

Vibration, Noise, Smart structure, Dynamic vibration absorber, Seismic isolation table, Sound absorption

Applications

Vibration and noise reduction of machines, Vibration isolation using seismic isolation table

Mechanical Dynamics and Control Engineering

Associate ProfessorKURATA Jun-ichi

Research Topics

① Development of new type of assistive mechanism based on the user-oriented assistive technology
② Analysis of interaction between human and machines
③ Development of real-time sensing technology using ordinary video system

Key Words

Assistive Technology, Human-Machine Interface, Visual Sensing Technology

Applications

Wheelchair, Assistive Robot, Image Processing

Measurement Systems

ProfessorARAI Yasuhiko

arai @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Current research interests include a fringe analysis and moire fringes.
② Optical motor using Light Pressure

Key Words

Moire, Speckle, Interferometry, Shape Measurement, 3-D Measurement, Virtual Speckle Pattern, Optical Motor, Silicon Process, Light Pressure

Applications

Dynamic High Resolution Measurement for Deformation(out-of-plane and in-plane) with Rough Surface, Measurement of Out of Plane Deformation for Electro Devices, Control of Movement of Micro Structures under Environment of Vacuum

Measurement Systems

ProfessorTAKATA Keiji

Research Topics

① Development and application of novel measurement techniques using scanning probe microscopy
② Scanning tunneling microscope with an ultrasonic detector to observe nonconductive material
③ Novel method, strain imaging, for imaging ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties with high resolution
④ Strain imaging of Li-ion batteries
⑤ Photo-induced strain imaging for high-resolution imaging of band-gap eneigil

Key Words

Scanning Probe Microscopy, Strain Imaging, Piezoelectric Properties, Lead Zirconate Titanate, Magnetic Properties, Magnetostriction

Applications

Hard Disk Drives, Li-ion Batteries

Measurement Systems

ProfessorMAE Yasushi

Research Topics

① Activity recognition based on real-world sensing
② Personalized human support systems
③ Human-centered harmonious intelligent system design based on real-world sensory data

Key Words

Robot Vision, Human-robot Interaction, Intelligent Environments, Personalized Systems, Multi-modal sensing

Applications

Human support systems, Personalized robot service, Automatic monitoring/inspection

Robot and Microsystems

ProfessorAOYAGI Seiji

website

aoyagi @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Sensor feedback control for robotics, High speed and high precision control in mechatronics
② Mobile home/welfare robot based on RECS (Robot Environment Compromising System)
③ Micromachined medical tools such as microneedles, Micro sensors for robotics based on MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems)

Key Words

Robotics, Mechatronics, Sensor Control, Home/Welfare Robot, MEMS, Microneedles, Micro Sensors (Accelerometer, Tactile Sensor, Ultrasonic Sensor, Magnetic Sensor)

Applications

Industrial Robot, Home/Welfare Robot, Micro Robot, Micro Medical Devices, Micro Sensors

Robot and Microsystems

Associate ProfessorSUZUKI Masato

website

m.suzuki @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Development of fabrication process for micro machining
② Micro sensor system using semiconductor devices and MEMS devices

Key Words

Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS), Micro Sensors, Semiconductor Process, Optical Devices

Applications

Micro Machining, MEMS Processing, Precision Processing Technology, Sensor Engineering, Optical Engineering, Engineering for Semiconductor Devisees

Robot and Microsystems

Associate ProfessorTAKAHASHI Tomokazu

website

t.taka @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① MEMS (Micro electro mechanical systems) based micro power generator for the portable devices
② Universal robotic hand

Key Words

Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Vacuum gripper, Micro Power Generation, Robot

Applications

Material handling, Micro power generator

Ergonomics and Biomedical Engineering

ProfessorKOTANI Kentaro

kotani @kansai-u.ac.jp

Research Topics

① Neurophysiological characteristics of tactile perception
② Industrial and medical applications of eye movement characteristics

Key Words

Tactile Perception, Saccadic Eye Movement, Magnetoencephalography, Mechanoreceptors, Human-Computer Interaction, Input Device

Applications

Design of Input Device, Virtual Reality, Tactile Display, Medical Screening Device, Usability Evaluation, Ergonomics of Human Work, Work Physiology

Ergonomics and Biomedical Engineering

Associate ProfessorSUZUKI Satoshi

Research Topics

① Non-contact vital-sign monitoring using microwave radar and application to medical engineering
② Estimation of change in user’s status using neurophysiological information
③ Biological signal processing intended to apply for predictive control

Key Words

Non-contact, Vital-sign monitoring, Microwave radar, Mental stress, Arousal, Brain-machine Interface

Applications

Medical engineering, Biomedical measurement, Safety engineering, Welfare engineering, Man-machine interface, Psychophysiology

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