Faculty Members HIRATSUKA Sadato
- Materials Science and Engineering
- [Master's Program] Regional Industry
- [Doctoral Program] Fundamental and Applied Sciences
- Doctoral Degree (Engineering)
Fields of Research
- Casting Engineering
- March 1986: Graduated from Department of Metal Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
- March 1988: Completed Material Processing Master's Program, School of Engineering, Tohoku University Graduate School
- 1 July 1990 - 30 June 2000: Assistant, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
- 1 July 2000 - March 31, 2007: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
- April 1 2007 - March 31, 2008: Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
- April 1 2008 - Present: Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
The strengthening & higher functionalization of cast iron, and creation of compounds of cast iron and different materials
Automotive parts like engine blocks and piston rings are made by means of casting (pouring molten metal into a mold and cooling it to solidify it into the desired shape). My research involves the strengthening of and creation of higher function cast iron so that it can be made thinner and lighter for automotive parts. I also research the creation of compounds of cast iron and different materials such as soft steel and stainless steel, to be used in automotive parts and mechanical materials.
In the Die-Mold and Casting Engineering, my hope is that students will expand on Japanese manufacturing with a focus on regional needs. I cultivate specialized, advanced engineers with the knowledge of casting and mold theory and actual manufacturing processes, as well as business sense.