Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

20Functional Machinery and MechanicsFarewell gasoline: Combining solar cells with fuel cells to create a next-generation solar-powered carDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsI am working to develop a hybrid system combining solar cells and fuel cells that uses no fossil fuels at all. Members of my lab work together to enter solar car races in Japan and have achieved good results. If this system were commercialized, it would help limit consumption of fossil fuels to make the global environment cleaner than before.Hajime KonishiProfessorThis solar car was designed and built by students, who have won races.Professor Konishi joined the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University in 1989 after working as an assistant professor at the Hokkaido University Applied Electricity Research Institute and as a researcher at the Hokkaido Industrial Technology Center. His principal area of research is electrical engineering, including topics such as superconductivity, micro machines, and new energy.Achieving a high level of eciency is very important when using solar and hydrogen energy, and our lab’s ndings hold promise for domains other than automobiles. For example, systems have already been commercialized for home power generation.Outlook for researchGraduates enjoy an increasingly broad choice of career paths in areas such as the automotive industry and energy-related domains.Outlook for students after graduationStudents also participate enthusiastically in the development of fuel cells.My lab is also working on ecological research aimed at operating fuel cells using biomass resources.Functional Machinery and MechanicsNew materials: From nano-composite materials to multi-functional materials: Developing and finding applications for lightweight, high-performance, and energy-saving productsDepartment of Machinery and RoboticsI am engaged in research into the optimal design and development of smart materials, nano-composite materials, and composite structures; the evaluation of material properties; and the development of health-monitoring technology. I am also pursuing material development using biomimetics.Qing-Qing NiProfessorProfessor Ni took his current position after working as a senior assistant professor and associate professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. His areas of research include composite material engineering, mechanics, and the development and application of multi-functional materials.I am also involved in research to develop advanced composite materials and multifunctional materials for aerospace and automotive applications as well as evaluation and measuring technologies for materials and structures. My lab can design practical new materials and structures and achieve intelligent, multifaceted functionality at the nano-scale for energy savings and environmental friendliness.Outlook for researchGraduates are active in a wide range of domains, ranging from automotive and transportation-related companies to businesses involved in machinery, precision equipment, and electrical equipment.Outlook for students after graduation This TEM photograph of a nano-composite material shows silica particles with an approximate diameter of 10 nm.Detection of buckling damage and acoustic emission signals00.250.50.75100.250.50.75100.000010.0000200.250.50.751!!Prediction of structural deformation through simulationShape recovery and self-repair functionality for shape-memory materials using electrical heating


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