Faculty Members UCHIDATE Michimasa
- Doctorate (Engineering) Field of Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Fields of Research
- Mechanical engineering
- Surface metrology
- 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: Research fellow, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Project
- October 1, 2005 - March 31, 2007: Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
- April 1, 2007 - August 31, 2016: Assistant Professor (Job title change), Mechanical Science and Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University (March 2011 - March 2011: Visiting Researcher, University of Southampton, UK)
- September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2021: Associate Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University
- September 1, 2021 – present: Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University
Computer analysis for the creation of optimal surface textures
In mechanical systems, energy loss due to friction is inevitable. In addition, mechanical systems approach the end of its lifespan due to the surface deterioration and topographical change caused by wear. Tribology is a science and engineering for controlling friction and wear. Controlling friction on a vehicle by better tribological practice by just a few percentage points is linked to reduction in CO2 of several tens of thousands of tons. I develop computational techniques to create optimal surface textures, focusing on fine surface irregularities (surface textures) and effect of surface textures on friction, wear and lubrication. I am also conducting research on the friction and wear of materials under water lubricated conditions.
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.