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“Innovation in High-Reliability Cast Iron Technology, an Endowment Program” (benefactor: Hinode Co., Ltd.)

Thanks to the gracious endowment by Hinode Co., Ltd., this program was created in the Faculty of Engineering Department of Systems Integration, under Specialization in Solid State Material and Engineering for a planned duration of three years starting March 1, 2011. Currently, basic research is being conducted – mostly in College Engineering Building Room 227 – under the leadership of two invited faculty members, Visiting Professor Shinohara and Visiting Associate Professor Miyata, and one YNU Professor Emeritus Asakura, in order to improve the corrosion-resistance properties of cast iron and to dramatically increase the strength and toughness of same as a structural material. The program has accepted two students in the doctoral course now, who are being trained in academic pursuit and research from the electrochemical and metallographical perspectives in cooperation with YNU teaching staff.

In addition, in March of 2011, a symposium entitled “The Hi-Reliability Material and Issues Surrounding It” was held in commemoration of the establishment of the program.

Benefactor of the program, Hinode Co., Ltd.

Nodular graphite cast iron, one of the program’s research themes

Comprehensive Collaborative Research Agreements

As of March, 2011

InstitutionsAgreement Signed
IHI Corporation 4/1/2004
Nazational Institute of Information and Communications Technology 4/1/2004
Komatsu Ltd 9/1/2004
NHK Spring Co., Ltd. 9/1/2004
Hitachi, Ltd. 6/13/2005
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. 2/14/2006
Yokohama City University 3/1/2006
Port and Airport Research Institute 7/1/2006
National Maritime Research Institute. 1/26/2007
City of Yokohama 3/14/2007
High Pressure Gas Safety Institute of Japan 10/18/2007
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International 3/4/2008
Research Institute for Ocean Economics 5/15/2008
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology 1/27/2010
Nara Institute of Science and Technology・Aoyama Gakuin University 3/1/2011

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