Research

The Department of Mechanical Engineering conducts research in the five following fields.
(A list of professors and their research areas is available here http://www2.mech.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/eng/people/)

Solid State and Materials Engineering

We incoroporate fundamental education in strength designs based on material mechanics, fracture mechanics and reliability engineering a background indispensable for mechanical engineers – along with research into new frontiers such as surface science and materials simulation. Our research activities include micro- and nano-scale strength/friction test methods, and multi-scale simulations using techniques such as the finite element method and molecular dynamics. Through our research, we contribute to a broad range of industrial fields ranging from energy systems and the automobile industry to electronic devices, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Fluid and Thermal Engineering

Our research projects analyze and explain various fluid phenomena ranging from the molecular scale to the global scale. High precision numerical analysis and cutting-edge test measurements are used to study heat and mass transfer phenomena, physical events occurring on environmentally low-load and high value-added energy systems, and to further improve energy conversion efficiencies. In addition, next generation micro- and nano-sized medical devices are currently being developed. Our ultimate goal is the creation of a richer human environment.

Mechanical Dynamics and Control Engineering

Through our activities in these fields we aim to develop the modeling and sensing technologies required to understand the physical phenomena occurring in various objects. This is achieved through the integration integration of hardware and software, such as the creation of control the algorithms needed to ensure devices systems that enhance or systems perform as designed, and the development of devices and systems performance, accuracy, efficiency, intelligence, and reduce component covers a wide range of size. Our research applications including automobiles, railway equipment, equipment, robots, energy systems, and living bodies.

Design and Production Engineering

This discipline seeks to produce products that take into consideration the comprehensive perspective of technology, humanity, and society. The application of mechanical engineering studies can be found in a wide range of areas including automobiles, information equipment and even living cells and DNA. The size of these products can range from the human scale down to micro- and nano-scale devices, and can be made of everything from conventional construction materials to living organisms. As the capability of mechanical systems continues to advance, factors such as ethics and emotions become increasingly important. Our research and design efforts are dedicated to the creation of production and processing technologies that will keep pace with these complex challenges.

Bioengineering

The fusion of biology and mechanical engineering helps us understand micro- and nano-scaled physical and biological phenomena, which leads to the ability to create innovative machinery and develop new levels of biological interaction. Research combining medical science and engineering has resulted in new types of biological measurement and diagnostic technology. Other research includes the study of regenerative medicine that may eventually allow the reconstruction of damaged tissues through the control of individual cells and other techniques.