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6.26.15 Asanuma

DEVELOPMENT OF SMART MECHANICAL MATERIAL SYSTEMS FOR DISASTER MITIGATION AND SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING AS NEW APPLICATION FIELD

Prof. Hiroshi Asanuma, Chiba University, Japan
June 26, 2015, 10:00 am, NIA, Rm 137

Abstract:
Asanuma et al. have been developing Smart Materials and related technologies, especially Smart Mechanical Material Systems which have high mechanical properties as well as smart functions useful for severe environments such as those in aerospace fields. In spite of advancement of science and technology, a large number of people have been lost due to disasters around the world. To cope with this problem, Asanuma et al. have been trying to build a platform to create novel ideas and technologies by involving people from various advanced fields such as Smart Materials and Structures. They have proposed “Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Engineering” which is aiming at sustainability as well as disaster mitigation effectively and economically. Asanuma has been demonstrating innovative material systems and processing to realize smart/multifunctional and robust mechanical material systems to be used for above mentioned fields. The developed material systems can be classified into a couple of types. The Type I material systems can be obtained by embedding fragile functional materials in a metal matrix such as aluminum to be used even in severe environments. An innovative fabrication process invented by Asanuma has enabled successful fabrication of optical fiber/aluminum composites and piezoelectric ceramics fiber/aluminum composites. The Type II material systems can be obtained without using those fragile functional materials. An innovative designing concept to realize them has been developed, that is, a couple of competitive structural materials because of their similar and high mechanical properties are combined together to maintain high mechanical properties and also generate functional properties due to their dissimilar secondary properties. Successful examples of this type are the active laminates and the Ti fiber/Al multifunctional composites. These innovative material systems can be modified in a variety of ways such as the active laminates with healing function, morphing function, and so on. Asanuma is looking for applications of the above mentioned materials and technologies in aerospace fields especially based on Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Engineering.

Bio:
Professor Hiroshi Asanuma received his BS in 1979, MS in 1981 and Doctor of Engineering in 1984 from The University of Tokyo. After being a Research Associate at Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, an Associate Professor at Chiba University, Visiting Professor at University of Wollongong and Sapienza University of Rome, he became a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chiba University. He has served as the former Chair of JSME M&P Division and is currently the Chair of Active Material Systems-TS, JSME M&P Division. He also has been serving as SPIE Conference Chair and Co-Chair, and an organizer of many other symposiums and workshops on Smart Materials and Structures. He has published over 70 journal papers, 90 conference papers, several books and patents, and has been in collaboration/cooperation with over 30 universities/institutes/companies around the world. He has delivered keynote/invited presentations about 50 times. He is a JSME Fellow and an IOP Fellow.

Contact: asanuma@faculty.chiba-u.jp

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