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Materials Processing Laboratory


Mechanical Engineering

Regents professor

  • Masanori SHIOMI : Professor
  • Light Metal
  • Porous/cellular Structure
  • Ceramics
  • FEM analysis

Topics of research
  • Research and Development of Fabrication Process for Metal Foams
  • Finite Element Analysis of Metal Forming Processes
Research content

Metal foams have plenty of pores inside and their densities are much lower than the solid ones. Their cellular structure causes to show unique features, such as energy absorbing capacity, thermal properties and sound absorbing properties. These features are very attractive in transportation industries, and the prospective applications of metal foams are the parts of automobiles, aeroplanes and railway cars.
In this laboratory, fabrication processes of metal foams for automotive parts have been studied and developed in order not only to reduce the weight and CO2 emission but also to keep the drivers and passengers safe from accidents.