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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is also developing several university-industry joint research projects in order to connect various different fields. Here is an introduction to some of the projects mentioned above. If you are interested, please feel free to inquire.

KUMADAI Magnesium Alloys Practical Use Project

Magnesium is the lightest metal among the practical metal materials and comes into broad use in car parts and in the casings of computers and cell phones. It needs to be heat-resistant and work safely in high-temperature environments in order to expand its use in new applications.

In this respect, Kumamoto University developed Heat-resistant Magnesium Alloys which had out-of-the-box mechanical characteristic in 2003. They have been called "KUMADAI Magnesium Alloys", and are expected to be used as materials for cars to attain lighter bodies.
This program is formed through a system that promotes environmental improvement, the development of new technology and promotion of management to create a center of industry that produces excellent research development of Next Generation Heat-resistant Magnesium Alloys and puts the KUMADAI Magnesium Alloys into practical use in areas such as transportation and industrial equipment in the near future. More than 15 lecturers from Kumamoto University has been participating in this project.

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The Minamata Environmental Master’s Training Program

The objective of this program is to nurture people who can aid in the building of a resource-recycling society and who can devote themselves to environmental preservation including its role in personal life and society as a whole.
"The Minamata Environmental Master’s Training Program" was adopted as the Special Coordination of Funds for The Promotion of Science and Technology by JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) in 2007, and it has run under the name "The Minamata Environmental Course"(”Minamata School of Environment”) in cooperation with Kumamoto University and Minamata City. People can learn the basic knowledge about environmental and recycling issues, basic local management and practical training for the resolution of problems. Graduates receive a certificate of the Environmental MOT Course from Kumamoto University’s Graduate School of Science and Technology and are granted "Ecolo Master"(a Master in Ecology). 18 students from the inaugural class graduated in March 2009. Now they are working in various fields. Prof. Masayasu Kawahara of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering teaches the metal recycling and inorganic system waste processing class.

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[Top image] Lecture
[Bottom left image] Landscape Practice
[Bottom right image] The first students of the graduation ceremony (March 14, 2009)

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Collaboration on the Development of Advanced Mg Alloys in East Asia

The technology of developing Mg Alloys will give a significant advancement in attaining lighter bodies for applications such as the manufacturing of cars, and it is one of the most efficient technologies to employ in solving the environmental issues which are a pressing issue in Asia.Japan has the advanced technology and skill to develop Mg Alloys, but we cannot achieve future development without collaboration between countries which can provide a steady supply of raw materials to high-volume-use countries.

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Based on our advanced Mg Alloy technology, the purpose of this research is to build-up a steadfast, strategic and mutually-beneficial base of international cooperation in the development of advanced Mg Alloys through collaborative study with universities and research institutes in East Asia.
Kumamoto University will be the center of this research system since it has advanced technology concerning the development of Mg Alloys. Through our leadership, we will organize a mutual, collaborative study with research institutes in East Asia. Specifically, universities in Japan will conduct the creation of alloys and the development of an alloy working process.
The Japanese Universities include:Kumamoto University,Kyushu University, Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institutions outside of Japan will individually conduct the large-scale fusion, casting, die-casting, pressure, metallic rolling and the injection molding technique using their large equipment. The over-seas institutions include:China:The Institute of Metal Research,Chinese Academy of Sciences,South China University of Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Korea:Hongik University, KITECH, Taiwan:Sun Yat-sen University, National Dong Hwa University

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