Research and Development Division

Professors in Charge

Manufacturing Technology Fields

Division Head Professor Fumihiro Itoigawa
Division Head
Professor
Fumihiro Itoigawa

Research

Innovative next generation machining research such as C-FRP wire electric discharge machining, single crystal SiC tool development, and high efficiency machining of functionally graded materials.

Research Goals

My goal in the field of manufacturing technology is to improve machining efficiency 10-fold while at the same time halving machining costs through the development of tools and methods for efficiently machining traditionally difficult to machine materials such as C-FRP and heat-resistant alloys.
In the future, I seek to create a hub for manufacturing technology development able to produce the structures and power sources required by next generation vehicles using unprecedented production technology capabilities.

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Power Control Fields

Vice Director Associate Professor Takashi Kosaka
Vice Director
Associate Professor
Takashi Kosaka

Research

Research on next generation vehicle technology friendly to both people and the environment such as less rare earth and rare earth free high density magnet motors, and V2G power management systems.

Research Goals

My goals are to propose ideas for next generation vehicles friendly to both people and the environment, present new images of electric vehicles, and develop and make practical the necessary high added value component technologies. This includes the development of a practical high output motor that reduces rare earth usage by more than half using large scale electromagnetic-thermal coupling analysis, and power management verification tests aimed at realizing V2G ubiquitous charging able to fulfill an important role in a smart grid.

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Power Electronics Fields

Professor Takashi Egawa
Professor
Takashi Egawa

Research

Energy efficient technology using high power GaN power devices, and power conversion technology research using high density, high efficiency power converters.

Research Goals

GaN power devices and power converters can be utilized in a wide variety of fields requiring energy efficiency such as vehicles, consumer machinery and tools, and telecommunications. In particular, due to the promotion of renewable energy such as wind and solar power, the scope in which these technologies are being put to use is expanding and they are making significant contributions to the spread of new energy systems such as smart grids.

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