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UCHIDATE Michimasa

Professor

Affiliation

Mechanical Science and Engineering
[Master's Program] Regional Industry
[Doctoral Program] Systems Innovation Engineering

Degrees Obtained

Doctorate (Engineering) Field of Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Specialties

Mechanical engineering
Surface metrology
Tribology

Profile

March 2002: Completed Industrial Development Engineering Doctoral Program, Iwate University Graduate School of Engineering
April 1, 2002 - March 31, 2005: Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
April 1 - September 30, 2005: Researcher, NEDO Project
October 1, 2005 - March 31, 2007: Assistant, Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
April 1, 2007 - present: Assistant Professor (Job title change), Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
(March 2011 - March 2011: Visiting Researcher, University of Southampton, UK)

My Areas of Research

Computer analysis for the creation of optimal surface textures

In mechanical systems, as equipment approaches the end of its lifespan, the surface deteriorates due to abrasion, causing friction which results in energy loss. For example, controlling friction on a vehicle by just a few percentage points is linked to reduction in CO2 of several tens of thousands of tons. In my research, I use computer analysis to create optimal surface textures, focusing on the impact of friction and abrasion on fine irregularities (texture) on surfaces. I am also conducting research on the deterioration of materials in lubricating environments such as water.

My Teaching Philosophy

I create an environment which nurtures students’ involvement not only with instructors but also with fellow researchers, academic societies and classmates, where students develop the attitude and capability to voluntarily work on resolving problems.

Laboratory URL
http://www.mech.iwate-u.ac.jp/~iwabuchi/

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