Sample records for zakutsu saishu kyodo

  1. Study on buckling and ultimate strength of a rectangular plate under combined inplane load; Kumiawase mennai kaju wo ukeru kukeiban no zakutsu saishu kyodo ni kansuru kenkyu

    Fujikubo, M.; Yao, T.; Varghese, B. [Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    Elasto-plasticity analysis by using the finite element method was performed on a case that bi-axial compression and shear act on a thick rectangular plate, and applicability of the plasticity correction method was discussed. In the discussion, an investigation was made on effect of the loading method of a load on correlation between initial yield strength and ultimate strength of a rectangular plate under bi-axial compression. The analytical result from the finite element method was compared with estimated values derived by using the plasticity correction method with regard to the buckling strength. The result obtained may be summarized as follows: the effect of the loading method for combined load on the correlation between the initial yield strength and the ultimate strength is small; an approximation expression was derived for the upper limit of maximum initial bend of a deck panel of an actual vessel; the plasticity correction method for buckling strength as specified by classification societies has a certain applicability as a method to estimate ultimate strength on the safety side against plate thickness in a range of the upper limit of initial bend of an actual vessel; however, this method may estimate strength higher than the actual value depending on load ratio, hence attention is required. 5 refs., 8 figs.

  2. Coal handling management system for Soma Kyodo Power Company, Ltd.



    The software that manages the planning for the coal storage and consumption in Soma Kyodo Power Company, Ltd. was created by IHI. This system provides an exact calculation in a short period of time using engineering workstation and has a conversational simulation function. Power station No.1 of Soma Kyodo Power Company, Ltd. has a coal storage volume of 490,000 tons, a receiving conveyor of 3300 tons/H {times} 1 line, a discharging conveyor of 1000 tons/H {times} 2 lines, a stacker, a reclaimer, and a reclaiming conveyor. The software consists of four subsystems; coal yard simulation system, coal inventory management system, master data management system, and coal consumption plan supporting system. These systems are linked using LAN and can exchange data in real-time. Moreover, a graphical user interface is used in these systems. 11 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Consideration on buckling and plastic breakdown strength characteristics of a steel plate with surface layers of ultra fine grain microstructure (SUF); Hyoso chosairyu koban no zakutsu sosei hokai kyodo tokusei ni kansuru ichikosatsu

    Yamamoto, M.; Yao, T.; Yajima, H.; Miyamoto, H.; Morita, S. [Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Ogihara, Y.; Ishikawa, T. [Nippon Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)


    Buckling and plastic breakdown strength characteristics of a structure fabricated by using new steel plates with surface layer made into ultra fine grain structure were analyzed and discussed by using a belt plate buckling and plasticity test and the finite element method. The tested steel plate has a thickness of 25 mm, and was fabricated for ocean vessel use, with surface layers on both sides of about 1/6 of the whole thickness having been made an ultra fine grain structure. As a result of a belt steel buckling and plasticity test on a steel plate with surface ratio of 29%, both of the initial yield stress and the buckling stress were found increased by about 4 to 10% as compared with a steel plate having surface ratio of 0%. An analysis by using the finite element method was made on square steel plates with a length of 80 cm, a width of 100 cm, and thicknesses of 12 mm and 24 mm. A result was obtained that, in the case of surface layer ratio of 33%, both of the initial yield stress and the maximum load withstanding force were higher by 5 to 16% than the case of surface ratio of 0%. Similar rise in strength was shown also in bend preventing plates which are basic constituting members of a vessel. 6 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Study on buckling and plastic collapse behavior of a continuous stiffened plate subjected to in-plane compression loads; Mennai asshuku kaju wo ukeru renzoku bodo panel no zakutsu sosei hokai kyodo ni kansuru kenkyu

    Yao, T.; Fujikubo, M.; Yanagihara, D. [Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    A hull structure is constituted by thin panels, and reinforced longitudinally and laterally by stiffened members to increase the effectiveness of the structure. In order to attain findings on buckling and plastic collapse behavior of stiffened plates, this paper describes analysis of elasto-plastic large deflection by using the finite element method on thin stiffened plates having flat-bars and angle-bars. The analysis includes the case of an aspect ratio being 5.0 and the case to consider welding residual stress. Considerations were given on cross sectional shape, panel aspect ratio and effects of initial welding imperfections against the buckling and plastic collapse behavior of the stiffened plates. The angle-bars tend to cause secondary buckling more easily because it has greater bending and twisting rigidity, and stronger constraint against deflection than the flat-bars. When the aspect ratio is larger and the span is longer, the ultimate strength declines, and the withstand power after the ultimate strength decreases rapidly. Existence of the residual stress tends to make the secondary buckling occur more easily. The secondary buckling affects little the withstand power after the ultimate strength. 3 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Final report on the survey to verify a new method for power load leveling; Fuka heijunka shinshuho jissho chosa saishu hokokusho



    The purpose of this verification survey is to verify the effectiveness of a system using capacitor for power load leveling and output leveling in the photovoltaic power generation. For the former, the charge is conducted in the nighttime, and the discharge in load peak time in the daytime. The capacity required is small for the output, and therefore, there is a viability of capacitor. For the latter, abrupt output variations by solar cells are leveled by storage device using capacitor. Since the output variation generated in a short time by solar cells requires responsibility and life in case of abrupt charge/discharge, it is suitable to use capacitor. The demonstration use capacitor is an organic stacking type for the former, and an organic jelly-role type for the latter. As a result of the demonstration, for the former, a power storage system which has 32-module series/parallel connection bank switch type + 2-way ac/dc exchanger was made and operated for verification. The overall efficiency of 85% was obtained. For the latter, a system which has 2,400F x 70 series bank, 6,000F x 70 series bank x 3 parallel bank and 3kW solar cells was operated for verification. Much effect of output leveling was confirmed. (NEDO)

  6. Industry brief letter : Search for ideal concrete - Last lecture of Prof. Okamura; Riso no konkurito wo motomete/okamura kyoju saishu kogi



    The last lecture of Dr. Okamura, a Prof. at the engineering department of Tokyo University, was held on March 27, 1999. He was a well-known baseball pitcher who won 17 victories at Tokyo 6-College baseball league. In his development of high-performance concrete (later renamed to-self compacting concrete), he thought that we should not demand fine technique for concrete application, but instead we should cover the technique by the advantages of a material. His hardship existed in expressing the properties of cement in numeric values and the establishment of numerical analysis technique starting from empirical equation. He stated that he was able to succeed in the development of an ideal concrete with high-strength, high-durability, self-compacting concrete with the suggestions from many colleagues. He will become Vice President of Kochi Univ. and Chairman of Civil Eng. Society. (translated by NEDO)

  7. Basic investigation on deflection wave propagation and strength of very large floating structures; Choogata futai kozo no tawami hado denpa kyodo to kyodo ni kansuru kisoteki kosatsu

    Tsubogo, T.; Okada, H. [University of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    The response strength in which deflection waves propagating in the elastic body of a large floating structure with an order of km in length and width was investigated. Attention was paid to the waves propagating the place fully away from the boundary of a very large floating body so as to obtain the dispersion relation of waves and the relation between incident waves and deflection waves. Next, the frequency response was checked from the aspect of the displacement amplitude and strength for beams and plates. The dispersion relation of waves propagating the place fully away from the boundary of a very large floating body and the relation between the waves and infinite-point incident waves were represented by an expression. Similarly, the waves propagates more than the infinite-point incident waves in frequency, wavelength, and speed. A lower-limit value exists in the propagation speed. The displacement and stress amplitudes are represented by a relational expression. For plates, the displacement amplitude increases when the wave direction coincides with the small-rigidity direction. The stress amplitude is maximized when the waves corresponding to the ``wave below a floating body = size of a characteristic wave number`` reach the large-rigidity direction. 10 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Ultimate strength analysis of long-span cable-stayed bridges; Chodai chachokyo no shukyoku kyodo kaiseki to kyodo ni kansuru ichikosatsu

    Xie, X.; Yamaguchi, H. [Saitama Univ., Urawa (Japan)] Nagai, M. [Nagaoka Technical Coll., Niigata (Japan)


    Recently, span of cable-stayed bridges has been getting loner and longer, present situation is that cable-stayed bridges with span 600 to 800m class have been built inside and outside the country, and accurate determination of its ultimate strength has been an important problem statistically. However, concrete design method for evaluating load bearing stress of long-span cable-stayed bridge. Particularly of the main beam whose axial stress is dominating, has not been established so far. As for cable-stayed bridge, even for long-span, effect of plasticization of cross section on ultimate strength is severe because there is little effect of geometric nonlinearity and it is thought that accurate evaluation of ultimate strength only by elastic finite potential analysis is difficult. Accordingly, it is necessary to study the behavior by using combined nonlinear analysis considering the nonlinearity of the material in order to evaluate the safety and economy to long-span cable-stayed bridge. In this report, 3 dimensional analysis method was formularized taking into account the combine nonlinearity of multi-box girder and analysis program of ultimate strength behavior of long-span cable-stayed bridge was developed. 19 refs., 17 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Considerations on FEM modeling in analyzing buckling and plastic collapse of a detection control; Boto panel no zakutsu sosei hokai kaiseki ni okeru FEM model ka ni kansuru kosatsu

    Yao, T.; Fujikubo, M.; Yanagihara, D.; Irisawa, M. [Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    Buckling and plastic collapse of upper decks and bottom outer plates of a hull results directly in longitudinal bending collapse of the hull. Therefore, discussions were given on analysis for pressure destruction strength of a detection control panel which assumes an upper deck and a bottom outer plate. Pressure destruction behavior of the panting panel is a complex phenomenon accompanying non-linearity and geometrical non-linearity of the materials. Its whole phenomenon may be analyzed by using the finite element method (FEM) as a principle, but the analysis is not efficient. Therefore, considerations were given in relation to modeling when using the FEM. The considerations were given on a panel attached with flat steel panting members with respect to the modeling scope which considers the buckling mode according to the aspect ratio of the panel partitioned by the deflection control members. If the local buckling mode of the panel is an even number wave mode in the longitudinal direction, a triple span model is required. A modeling scope for a case of being subjected to water pressure and in-plane compression was considered on a panel attached with angle-type steel members having non-symmetric cross section. In this case, a triple bay model is more preferable to reproduce the behavior under water pressure loading. 1 ref., 6 figs.

  10. Survey of Joint Implementation activities in China; Chugoku ni okeru kyodo jisshi katsudo kanren chosa



    It is a large task for Japan to positively promote the Joint Implementation activities related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Rapid increase in the emission of greenhouse-effect gases, especially CO2, is predicted in China with remarkable economic growth and population of 1.2 billion. It is essential to promote the Joint Implementation activities in China. In this survey, framework, organization, problems and tasks were investigated to effectively promote the Joint Implementation activities in China. Construction of framework for the real Joint Implementation activities has been proposed. Current problems for promoting the Joint Implementation activities in China are that the distinct guideline for the Joint Implementation is not established in the government, that the receiving system including receiving, planning and arranging sections is not established, and that the burden problems for the costs of project evaluation, data acquisition, monitoring, and verification are not solved. 5 refs., 21 figs., 6 tabs.

  11. Thermal stability of carboxylic acid functionality in coal; Sekitanchu ni sonzaisuru karubokishiruki no netsubunkai kyodo

    Tsutsumi, Y.; Aida, T. [Kinki University, Osaka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    Carboxyl in coal was focused in discussing its pyrolytic behavior while tracking change of its absolute amount relative to the heating temperatures. A total of four kinds of coals, consisting of two kinds brown coals, sub-bituminous coal and bituminous coal were used. Change in the absolute amount of carboxyl due to heating varies with coalification degree. Decomposition starts in the bituminous coal from around 300{degree}C, and is rapidly accelerated when 400{degree}C is exceeded. Carboxyls in brown coals exist two to three times as much as those in bituminous and sub-bituminous coals, of which 40% is decomposed at a temperature as low as about 300{degree}C. Their pyrolytic behavior at temperatures higher than 400{degree}C resembles that of the bituminous coal. Carboxyls consist of those easy to decompose and difficult to decompose. Aromatic and aliphatic carboxylic acids with simple structure are stable at temperatures lower than 300{degree}C, and decompose abruptly from about 400{degree}C, hence their behavior resembles that of carboxyls in bituminous and sub-bituminous coals. Structure of low-temperature decomposing carboxyls in brown coals is not known, but it is assumed that humic acid originated from natural materials remains in the structure. 4 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  12. Statistical fatigue properties of ductile cast irons; Kyujo kokuen chutetsu no hiro kyodo no tokeiteki seishitsu

    Hasegawa, N.; Nishikawa, Y.; Inaba, K. [Gifu University, Gifu (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Fukuyama, K. [Gifu Prefectural Police Headquarters, Gifu (Japan)


    Rotating bending fatigue tests of smooth specimens were carried out at room temperature on a pearlitic ductile cast iron (PDI) and austempered ductile cast iron (ADI). No significant difference due to sampling position from cast blocks in both materials was found in fatigue limit and fatigue life distribution. Then, the statistical fatigue properties of ferritic (FDI), ferritic/pearlitic (FPDI), pearlitic and austempered ductile cast irons were investigated. The fatigue life distributions of all ductile irons were well represented by the three parameter Weibull distribution modified by the saturated probability of failure. The shape parameters of FDI, FPDI and PDI were in proportion to {sigma}/{sigma}w independent on micro structure, while the shape parameters of both stress levels in ADI were smaller than unity. The fatigue strength of ADI was highest, but the scatter of fatigue life was largest among the all cast irons. 13 refs., 15 figs., 7 tabs.

  13. Hydrodynamic behavior of conical fermenters in brewing. Biru jozoyo konikaru hakkoso no ryudo kyodo

    Sasaki, M.; Shimazu, T. (Kirin Brewery Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)); Nakamura, K. (Gunma Univ., Maebashi (Japan). Faculty of Engineering); Tsutsumi, A.; Yoshida, K. (Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering); Kitahara, H. (Daikin Kogyo Co. Ltd., Osaka (Japan))


    The hydrodynamic behavior of liquid in a fermenter has a great influence on the quality of beer. Therefore, temperature distribution, gas germination rate, bubble size, bubble rise velocity, gas holdup, and liquid flow rate in fermenters in brewing of beer are measured to investigate the hydrodynamic behavior experimentally. CO2 germination rate, local gas volume flux, and liquid flow rate are measured using a conical fermenter with 1m diameter and 3.5m height. A two-dimensional conical fermenter with 0.3m width and 1.3m height is used for the measurement of bubble behavior, bubble size distribution, bubble rise velocity, and gas holdup distribution. It is found that a circulating flow is produced in the fermenter due to density difference caused by gas holdup distribution, and hydrodynamic behavior of liquid in a conical fermenter for beer brewing can be explained quantitatively by circulation flow theory of the bubble tower. 7 refs., 11 figs.

  14. Survey to promote an action implemented jointly project; Kyodo jisshi katsudo project suishin chosa



    In the 1st (1995) conference of the nations which concluded the Framework Convention on Climate Change, decided on was a trial implementation of an action implemented jointly (AIJ) project with developing countries on the voluntary basis. In the Asia region, emission of greenhouse effect gas is remarkably increasing in accordance with rapid development of economy, and it is important to appropriately support through this project both economic development and energy demand in Asia. Taking the circumstance into consideration, the survey was conducted to contribute to activating the AIJ Japan Program. As the AIJ of leading developed countries, recognized were 25 (U.S.), 6 (Holland), 8 (Germany), 2 (Norway) projects. As to the AIJ in Southeast Asia, China and India, Indonesia is actively participating in the project, but others less actively. Concerning the project needs in every country, heightening of power plant efficiency, enhancement of efficiency in the transportation sector, new energy utilization, recovery of methane gas, etc. acquire a priority. 21 figs., 31 tabs.

  15. Liquefaction behavior of finely pulverized coal. Chobifunsaitan no ekika hanno kyodo

    Sato, Y.; Kamo, T.; Miki, K.; Yamamoto, Y. (National Institute for Resources and Environment, Tsukuba (Japan))


    The reaction process of coal liquefaction which uses ultrafine pulverized coal having a particle diameter of several micrometers was investigated in order to improve the catalytic efficiency between coal and catalyst. Two kinds of samples were prepared by crushing Taiheiyo-coal into less than 100-mesh by usual technique and further pulverizing the crushed coal to several [mu]m. When iron oxide catalyst, sulfur and tetralin solvent were used, pulverizing does not bring a significant improvement in conversion rate and the yield of liquefaction oil capable of being distillated. This is considered to be due to the coagulation between fine particles before or during reaction, suggesting the importance of selecting reaction conditions etc. In the case of pulverized coal, hydrogen consumption is high and hydrogenation of heavy fractions such as SRC proceeds. When liquefaction-oil circulating solvent and red mud-sulfur-based catalyst were used, gas yield was low in pulverized coal, but no significant improvement was not shown in oil yield of liquefaction oil. The conversion rate and SRC yield were somewhat high in the case of pulverized coal. 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. Globalization, Polanyi, and the Chinese Yuan


    Archive/2004/Sep/23-184387.html (accessed June 12, 2007). 99 ŖND LD: APEC Finance Chiefs Paper over Forex Flexibility Issue," Kyodo News...2006). ŖND LD: APEC Finance Chiefs Paper Over Forex Flexibility Issue." Kyodo News International, Inc. and The Gale Group.

  17. Basic research on promotion of joint implementation. Research on the overseas trend of activities implemented jointly; Kyodo jisshi suishin kiso chosa jigyo. Kyodo jisshi katsudo ni kakawaru kaigai doko chosa



    The pilot phase of the activities implemented jointly (AIJ) was approved in 1995 in the 1st Conference of the Parties (COPI) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce greenhouse gas emission. In order to promote the AIJ Japan program smoothly, some practical examples in every preceding country and the situations and demands of Asian countries were researched. It was confirmed that since larger cost-effectiveness is achieved just in countries lower in emission control cost, AIJ can enhance the cost-effectiveness and promote environmental technology transfer. Japanese government had studied establishment of the framework for AIJ, and decided the basic framework of the AIJ Japan program in 1995. The government also approved the evaluation guidelines of this program which include confirmed and considered matters necessary for government offices related to this program to evaluate and approve each project.

  18. Research on elaboration of the evaluation guidelines for activities implemented jointly; Kyodo jisshi katsudo hyoka guide line sakutei chosa



    Elaboration of the evaluation guidelines for activities implemented jointly (AIJ) was researched to prevent the earth from warming. AIJ is the means to globally promote countermeasures against global warming cost-effectively by optimally combining every country`s technology, know-how and fund. AIJ was established in the 1st Conference of the Parties (COPI) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in March, 1995. The pilot phase of AIJ is first carried out by voluntary workers jointly with developing countries under the agreement of the parties. The current situation of activities is reported in COPI as materials for evaluation of AIJ. To promote AIJ, elaboration of the evaluation guidelines for AIJ Japan program is also necessary for Japan. This research arranged the contents of the evaluation guidelines and the method of classifying projects for AIJ Japan program, and carried out some case studies of promising projects to reduce greenhouse gas emission for future proposal. 3 figs., 31 tabs.

  19. Consideration on fatigue strength of corroded steel plates; Fushoku suimo koban no hiro kyodo ni kansuru ichikosatsu

    Iwata, M.; Yajima, H.; Yamamoto, M.; Saito, T. [Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    Discussions were given on fatigue strength of corroded steel plates taken from a hull of a ship seventeen years old after construction. The steel plates have had their original thickness of 13 mm reduced to 5.3 to 8.3 mm. After having been cut by a machine, the steel plates were used for tests as ground plates after going through grinding and as corroded plates with rust remaining on them. The fatigue test was performed in artificially made sea water at a temperature of 25{degree}C and in air with axial power pulsating tensile load and at iterative loading velocities of 3 to 5 Hz. The corroded material test verified that corrosion pits exist innumerably on the test piece surface and fatigue cracks have been developed and grown from bottoms of the pits. The stress concentration coefficient of the corrosion pits was about 1.9. Good agreement with the test result was found in the S-N chart in which the number of iteration of fracture was regarded as the number of iteratively generated cracks, and notch coefficient was estimated as 1.9. These results proved that the fatigue strength assessing method for virgin materials can be applied also to steel plates which have been exposed to corrosive environment for extended periods of time. 5 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Behavior of catalyst and mineral matter in coal liquefaction; Sekitan ekika hannochu no kobusshitsu to shokubai no kyodo

    Iwasaki, K.; Wang, J.; Tomita, A. [Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). Institute for Chemical Reaction Science


    Mineral matter in coals is important in various senses for coal liquefaction. It is possible that the catalytic activity is affected by the interaction between catalyst and mineral matter. Iron-based catalyst forms pyrrhotite in the process of liquefaction, but the interaction between it and mineral matter is not known in detail. In this study, the interaction between mineral matter and catalyst and the selective reaction between them were investigated. Tanito Harum coal was used for this study. This coal contains a slight amount of siderite and jarosite besides pyrite as iron compounds. Liquefaction samples were obtained from the 1 t/d NEDOL process PSU. The solid deposits in the reactor mainly contained pyrrhotite and quartz. A slight amount of kaolinite was observed, and pyrite was little remained. It was found that the catalyst (pyrrhotite) often coexisted with quartz, clay and calcite. 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  1. Rolling contact fatigue strength of successive austempered ductile cast iron; Chikuji austemper shori kyujo kokuen chutetsu no korogari hiro kyodo

    Fujita, T. [Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Ogi, K. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Sawamoto, A. [Yamaguchi Univ., Yamaguchi (Japan). Faculty of Education


    The holding time of austempered spheroidal graphite cast iron material is allowed to vary in heat treatment especially at the lower bainite transformation zone during the process for the preparation of specimens different from each other in the amount of {gamma}-pool, and the specimens are tested for their rolling contact fatigue strength. The effects of the amount of {gamma}-pool, roughness of the bainite structure, and work-hardening, on the rolling fatigue strength are also studied. Findings obtained as the result of experiment are stated below. In the case of an austempered ductile cast iron specimen containing a {gamma}-pool amount that occupies a high rate of 6.52%, the rolling fatigue withstanding limit exhibits a relatively high level of 1310MPa, which becomes approximately 1245MPa when the holding time is extended in the lower bainite transformation zone. The limit rises to approximately 1320MPa at a stage where the {gamma}-pool virtually disappears. In a successive austempering treatment process that aims at improving on machinability and at allowing sufficient fatigue strength to be maintained, it is necessary to allow the holding time in the bainite zone to be long enough for the {gamma}-pool to disappear and for the lower bainite structure to grow sufficiently. 5 refs., 10 figs., 4 tabs.

  2. Transformation behavior of steels. ; Transformation and properties of commercial steels. Tekko no hentai kyodo. ; Jitsuyo zairyo no hentai to seishitsu

    Kunitake, T. (Sumikin Techno Research, Ltd., Hyogo (Japan))


    Recently, large revolution has occurred in the manufacturing processes and composition designs of steels. By considering such tendency, Materials Research Committee of Japan Steel Association carried out a co-operative research on the transformation behavior of steels. Objected steels are mainly high tensile strength steels and tempered steels, and steels for machinery structures. The research was performed on the items, such as the transformation from processed austenite and its properties, transformation and properties of steels with accelerated heating and cooling, and transformation and properties of reheated medium carbon steels. The author discusses the comparison with the transformation from unprocessed austenite, the effects of microalloying elements of Nb, Ti, V,B, etc., the effects of pre-existing textures on the transformation from in-equilibrium state austenite, and the transformation behavior of vainite and martensite in low temperatures. The research was carried out under considering the actual processes of practical use steels. 15 refs., 24 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Superplasticity of low carbon HSLA steel during bainite transformation. Teitanso teigokinko no beinaito hentai ni okeru chososei kyodo

    Nakajima, H.; Yamamoto, S.; Miyaji, H.; Furubayashi, E. (National Research Inst. for Metals, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan))


    Recently, the development of high strength low alloy steel (HSLA steel) of untempered type is advanced by using the comparatively high strength and excellent tenacity of the bainite or martensite of carbon remained being transformed. In the present researches, the superplasticity during the bainite transformation due to the continuous cooling and changes of the structure as well as the mechanical properties due to the superplastic deformation are examined with the samples of Mn-Cr-Mo system HSLA steel. The results obtained therefrom are shown as follows. The temperatre range of B[sub S] and bainite transformation is moving to the higher temperature side along with the increasing of the applied stress when it is over 60 MPa. The bainitic structure is composed of the mixture lath-like bainitic ferrite and granular bainitic ferrite in the use of having no applied stress, while the percentage of the latter increases simultaneously with the increasing of the applied stress. Transformation superplastic strain is increasing together with the increasing of the applied stress, and its increasing is over the linear function when the applied stress is above about 50 MPa. 22 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. SCWO characteristics of organics in a vertical type continuous reactor; Renzokushiki tategata hannoki ni yoru yukibutsu no chorinaki suisanka kyodo

    Sekikawa, R.M.; Usui, T.; Nishimura, T.; Sato, H.; Hamada, S.; Sekino, H. [Ebara Research Co., Kanagawa (Japan). Center for Advanced Research


    SCWO characteristics are investigated for a vertical type, down stream continuous reactor system with mixing nozzle and sapphire windows. 2-propanol, hexane and biphenyl solution are used as fuel and air as oxidizer. 2-propanol is observed to be effective as makeup fuel to keep a stable autogenic SCWO reaction. Even for low air ratio as 1.1, high decomposition rate without CO, NO, NO{sub 2} or soot production is achieved. Calculated and experimental flue gas composition is in good agreement for a wide range of air ratio. Spontaneous flame formation is observed for SCWO of 2-propanol using air ratio over 1.8. These flame formations are not particular to 2-propanol and are also confirmed when using hexane and biphenyl solution as fuel. (author)

  5. Some considerations about improvement for fatigue strength of structures; Shatai kozobutsu no hiro kyodo kojo ni kansuru ichikosatsu

    Kimoto, H.; Toyama, K.; Maruyama, H.; Magara, S. [Press Kogyo Co. Ltd., Kanagawa (Japan)


    To reduce weight, higher tensile strength and/or thinner plate are used or considered in vehicle structures. In general, welded or notch sections, fatigue strength decreases because of increasing concentrated stress or effect of notch sensitivity and so on. In this paper, some methods are studied to improve fatigue strength and obtain a long life. 2 refs., 11 figs., 5 tabs.

  6. Static behaviors of long-span cable-stayed bridge; Chodai shachokyo no seiteki kyodo ni kansuru kosatsu

    Xie, Xu [Saitama Univ., Saitama (Japan). Graduate School; Yamaguchi, H.; Ito, M. [Saitama Univ., Urawa (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    In this study, incremental equation of cable-stayed bridge is formulated by finite element method taking the geometrical nonlinear analysis into account. Then, as an example of designing a bridge with 1500m span, setting up the initial tension, analysis of in-plane behavior caused by live loads as well as analysis of the behavior against wind caused by out-of-plane wind load that are necessary for designing a bridge with 1500m span are carried out. The main results obtained through the study are as follows. As for the cable stayed bridge with 1500m center super long-span having supplementary supporting points between the side arms, the geometrical non-linearity caused by the in-plane design live loads is not remarkable. The effects of wind which acts on girders on analysis of the behaviors against wind are different depending on the aerodynamic performance of the girder and in the case of high wind speed, strong effects on the behavior against wind of the in-plane and screws generate. As the changing of tension of the cable makes influences on the force of in-plane cross section and on displacement of the girder, if the wind speed is very high, the analysis results of the behaviors against wind of in-plane and screws of the cable-stayed bridge may be different depending on in what manner the wind load on the cable to be treated. 16 refs., 16 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Committee for international collaborative research of medical and welfare apparatus; Iryo fukushi kiki kokusai kyodo kenkyu jigyo



    The paper summarized activities for an investigational study on the international collaborative research project on the medical and welfare apparatus implemented in fiscal 1995. As investigation activities, the second meeting of information exchanges with E.U. and three north European countries was held following the meeting in fiscal 1994, and at the same time, information exchanges were made with organizations/institutions of industry/government/university in Germany, France and Canada. The study made it clear that Europe is also taking a direction of low-degree action diagnosis/care as Japan is. Further, concrete exchanges of information advanced and an awareness of the common issues was made clear such as the necessity of developing apparatus which meets the apparatus market and users` needs. As international collaborative activities, new methods of information exchanges were adopted such as the satellite meeting of the International MR Society, meetings with researchers who visited Japan. The satellite meeting of the International MR Society was favorably accepted by participants, and it was pointed out that it is important to continue the meeting in view of the materialization of themes, etc. 4 refs., 32 figs., 5 tabs.

  8. Visualization of gas displacement and temperature distribution in the pulse tube; Parusukan nai deno ryutai no kyodo kashika

    Ito, S.


    It is important that measures and visualizes displacement and temperature distribution of the fluid to which vibrate in pulse service area of pulse tube refrigerating machine in order to attempt understanding and performance improvement of the refrigeration principle. Then, example of light measurement method of the fluid displacement using the sphere which the transfer possibly installed in pulse service area and measurement method of temperature distribution using the plane laser Rayleigh scattering method and each measuring result is outlined in this lecture. (NEDO)

  9. Driver`s behavior and the motion of motorized wheelchair when driving over rough surfaces; Dansa nado fuseichi sokoji no dendo kurumaisu no undo to join no kyodo

    Enomoto, A.; Yokomori, M.; Yamaguchi, S. [Meijo University, Aichi (Japan)


    We analyzed about the motion of motorized wheelchairs and the driver`s behavior when passing over the small obstacles in place of the rough surface road or the gateway of house and road by experiment. The tested two type wheelchairs are the front wheel drive and the rear wheel drive. The lean angle of head and the pulse rate of driver, the feeling for stability and the yaw angle and the roll angle of the wheelchair bodies, and the deflection angle of front wheels of rear drive. 4 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  10. Report on the FY 1999 feasibility study for the international joint research in the Asian area. 6; 1999 nendo Asia chiiki kokusai kyodo kenkyu kanosei chosa hokokusho. 6



    The paper surveyed the situation of the recent economic crisis, social circumstances, trends of energy policies, etc. in Asian countries. The energy consumption in Asian countries mainly including ASEAN countries and China is expected to show a large growth hereinafter together with a rapid economic growth on a long-term basis. Further, the harmony with the environmental problem has been requested. This problem is important also to Japan from a viewpoint of the regional response to the stabilized energy supply/environmental problems. The response to global environmental problems in these countries and the promotion of development/spread of new energy/energy conservation are strongly desired. For the spread of these technologies, it is effective to actually construct/operate/maintain plants under the joint research with Japan from viewpoints of personnel training, technology improvement, PR effects, etc. It is helpful also for Japan from the aspect of technology development such as data acquisition. It is necessary to accurately grasp the needs and technical levels of the other country in the case of carrying out the joint research. The survey was made about 7 countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, China and Vietnam. (NEDO)

  11. Report on survey of promotion of activities implemented jointly in China in FY 1997; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (Chugoku ni okeru kyodo jisshi katsudo no suishin chosa)



    Rapid economy growth has been observed in Asia including Japan. On the other hand, problems of population and environment grew even worse with the economic growth. Especially, China is the second CO2 emission country in the world. Large energy demand is still forecasted with its economic growth in the future. It is well-known that the energy consumption per unit GDP is very large. Therefore, it is very significant to promote the activities implemented jointly with China for mitigating the emission of greenhouse gases including CO2, which provides a significant meaning for solving global environmental issues as well as for improving regional environmental issues. It is necessary for the above to recognize the appropriate current situations and to promote the activities implemented jointly suitable for the country. Based on the discussions and information exchanges about environmental issues with staffs concerning environmental policies and scientists as well as the field surveys, methods for the activities implemented jointly were investigated to provide some proposals. 4 figs., 8 tabs.

  12. Report for fiscal 1998 on the international joint research project of medical welfare equipment; Iryo fukushi kiki kokusai kyodo kenkyu jigyo 1998 nendo chosa hokokusho



    In connection with the international joint research project of medical welfare, a report was made on the results of the investigation conducted in 1998 concerning the technology of overseas medical welfare equipment. In the investigation of china, observation was made on the actual state of the representative medial institutions, with opinions exchanged. Obsolete equipment and old technology are the present state in China, which is strongly desirous of exchanging information with Japan. In Taiwan, being full of venture spirit, an ultrasonic thermal treatment apparatus and an ultrasonic echo device have been produced for example. In Europe, an observation tour was conducted on a German manipulator and process robot while an investigative visit and exchange of opinions were made on the living environment and facilities in Italian training center for physically handicapped persons. Japan's self-supporting and assisting system for excretion attracted many questions and comments. In the investigation in the U.S., views were exchanged concerning '{sup 13}C-MRS device for non-invasion brain metabolic measurement' in research institutions such as universities. A machine developed in Japan received a high evaluation in that {sup 13}C spectrum was obtained from a substantial depth. (NEDO)

  13. Evaluation of fatigue strength of WC cermet- and 13Cr steel-sprayed materials; WC cermet oyobi 13Cr ko yosha hifukuzai no hiro kyodo hyoka

    Ogawa, T.; Tokaji, K.; Ejima, T. [Gifu University, Gifu (Japan); Kobayashi, Y.; Harada, Y. [Tocalo Co. Ltd., Kobe (Japan)


    Rotating bending fatigue tests have been conducted at room temperature in air using the specimens of medium carbon steel (S45C), low alloy steel (SCM435) and titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) with HVOF sprayed coating of a cermet (WC-12%Co) and S45C with WFS sprayed coating of a 13Cr steel (SUS420 J2). The fatigue strength and fracture mechanisms were studied. The fatigue strength evaluated by nominal stress was strongly influenced by substrate materials and the thickness of sprayed coatings. Detailed observation of crack initiation on the coating surface and fracture surface revealed that microcracks initiated at the WC grain boundary coalesced, and then the crack grew rapidly in the coating. Cracks in the substrate were initiated by the stress concentration of the crack in the coating, which was modeled by finite element analysis. For the specimens tested in this study, the fatigue strength of sprayed specimens was dominated by that of sprayed coating. Thus, the fatigue strength could be evaluated uniquely by the true stress on the coating surface. 9 refs., 12 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Dynamic stability analysis of circular arch subjected to follower forces with small disturbances; Judo kaju wo ukeru enkei arch no yuran ni yoru doteki kyodo to anteisei kaiseki

    Fukuchi, N.; Okada, K. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Hirano, Y. [Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    This paper describes the deformation and dynamic stability of circular arch subjected to follower forces in a submerged membrane type marine structure reinforced by arch frames. Governing equations for finite deformations of the circular arch subjected to follower forces are introduced using an embedded curve coordinate, which are formulated by applying Galerkin method. In addition, equations of motion due to small disturbances under given condition of loading are introduced. Based on these equations, dynamic stability of the arch is analyzed by means of Runnge-Kutta-Gill method, to clarify the relationship between disturbances and instability regions and the resulting phenomena. Near the boundary regions of stability, both amplitude and cycle of deformation are greatly affected by the amplitude of disturbances. The dynamic instability is governed by the inverse symmetry primary mode with minimum characteristic frequency which is specific for the circular arch. The dynamic stability has high parameter dependency, and the instability regions have a complicated shapes. Although flattened arch has a smaller static critical load, it provides the dynamic stability against the disturbance. 5 refs., 10 figs.

  15. Surface behavior and kinetic analysis of macromolecules separated from beer in aqueous solution; Biru yori bunrishita kobunshi no suiyoeki deno hyomen kyodo to sono sokudo ronteki kaiseki

    Segawa, S.; Mitani, Y. [Sapporo Breweries Ltd., Tokyo (Japan). Brewing Research Lab.; Ogaki, K. [Osaka Univ., Osaka (Japan). Division of Chemical Engineering


    In a solution of macromolecules such as proteins that have surface activity, the macromolecules stabilize the foam by adsorbing at the bubble surface. These surface-active macromolecules at the gas/liquid interface lower surface energy. The macromolecules adhere to the gas/liquid interface, and then change their shapes. Hydrophobic groups in the molecule turn to the gas phase and hydrophilic groups turn to the liquid phase. The macromolecules separated from beer were dissolved in an acetic acid buffer solution, and then the surface behavior was speculated by the surface tension change. Their surface tension did not reach a constant value for several seconds, not like the low molecular solutions such as ethanol. The decrease in this surface tension could be kinetically analyzed. The surface tension decreased by the adsorption of macromolecules on the liquid surface, and by the shape changes in the molecule (the extension of molecule at the surface). In the {beta}-casein solution, the surface tension decreased in 2 steps that were more clear than in the beer macromolecule solution. This surface tension decrease is also supposed to show the adsorption of protein molecules and the shape change at the liquid surface. (author)

  16. Research report for fiscal 1998. Promotion of activities implemented jointly etc. in China; 1998 nendo Chugoku ni okeru kyodo jisshi katsudo nado suishin chosa



    The Kyoto Protocol allows some flexibility in the implementation of methods for achieving the goal, such as emission trading, activities implemented jointly (AIJ) among advanced countries, construction of clean development mechanisms (CDM) with developing countries, etc., and Japan intends to positively make use of them for the achievement of the goal. For China, who holds second place in the list of greenhouse gas emitting countries in the world, the promotion of CDM is quite important. With the situation taken into consideration, interaction was effected with Chinese officers and scientists of government agencies and academic institutes involved in environmental matters, and researches were conducted. Views and information were exchanged regarding environmental problems and, after on-site investigations, researches were conducted and suggestions were presented as to how AIJ and CDM should be. The suggestions covered Chinese policies toward AIJ and CDM, current state of AIJ projects in China and systems for their promotion, means for enhancing such projects, and discovery of candidates for AIJ and CDM project application. (NEDO)

  17. Mechanism of pyrrhotite formation from ferric oxyhydroxide catalyst; Kokoritsu sekitan ekika shokubai no kaihatsu (Okishi suisankatetsu shokubai karano pyrrhotite seisei kyodo)

    Tazawa, K.; Koyama, T.; Kaneko, T.; Shimasaki, K. [Nippon Brown Coal Liquefaction Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    It is thought that iron-based catalysts for coal liquefaction exercise their catalytic activity by forming pyrrhotite (Fe(1-x)S). However, there are still a lot of unknown problems remained concerning the formation and agglomeration behaviors of pyrrhotite. These make a difficulty for improving the activity of iron-based catalysts. In this study, sulfiding behaviors of {alpha}-iron oxyhydroxide ({alpha}-FeOOH) and {gamma}-iron oxyhydroxide ({gamma}-FeOOH) were investigated to reveal the formation and agglomeration behaviors of pyrrhotite. It was found that pyrrhotite was easily converted from ferric oxyhydroxide catalysts having large specific surface areas at the sulfiding temperature below 250{degree}C, and fine crystallites of pyrrhotite were formed at the initial stage of sulfiding. Crystal growth of pyrrhotite at the sulfiding temperature over 350{degree}C depended on the catalyst forms. It was also found that smaller crystallites of pyrrhotite were formed from {gamma}-FeOOH than from {alpha}-FeOOH and amorphous iron oxyhydroxide. 5 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Solubilization of lignite and behavior of oxygen containing functional groups in coal with superacid; Chokyosan wo mochiita kattan no kayoka oyobi sanso kannoki no kyodo

    Shimizu, K.; Saito, I. [National Institute for Resources and Environment, Tsukuba (Japan); Sasaki, S.; Suganuma, A. [Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Science and Technology


    Solubilization of lignite including a large amount of oxygen containing functional groups was attempted using HF/BF3, and the behavior of oxygen containing functional group, one of the important factors for coal liquefaction, was studied. In experiment, the cooled slurry of Yallourn coal specimen and solvent (toluene, isopentane) was filled into a vacuum autoclave together with HF/BF3. Reaction was performed under spontaneous pressure at 50, 100 or 150{degree}C for 3 hours. The distribution of oxygen containing functional groups in each coal specimen was determined by quantification of carboxyl group, hydroxyl group and carbonyl group. As the experimental result, the superacid mixture of HF and BF3 considerably improved the solubility of coal specimens into solvent as compared with individual HF and BF3. The solubility was 68wt% into benzene, 96% into THF and 99% (nearly 100%) into pyridine. It was suggested that production of Broensted acid with strong acidity causes strong catalysis. 6 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Investigational report on international joint research in medical/walfare appliances in fiscal 1993; 1993 nendo iryo fukushi kiki kokusai kyodo kenkyu ni kansuru chosa hokokusho



    The field of concrete cooperation, method of R and D, and business, environment to support the project, and system to promote the project were studied for the research under international cooperation through investigating the trend and organization of R and D of the medical/welfare appliances at home and abroad. Projects were then proposed. In the project for collecting/analyzing the trace quantity of blood, the anomaly is inspected at a molecular level from the collected trace quantity of blood to make the biochemical inspection painless for the patients suffering from infectious symptom or disease of adults. In the project for the high-accuracy and high-function measurement without invading the diseased part of living body, the configuration and metabolic function are measured by nuclear magnetic resonance to early detect the symptom of Alzheimer and other different obstinate diseases. In the operation support system project with three-dimensional images of living body, the three-dimensional information is obtained, by X-ray CT or MRI, about the diseased part of living tissue. Upon the exact determination of its location, the disease is cured. Besides, the monitoring systemproject was proposed for the old people`s safety against dementia. The human care robot project was also done. 56 refs., 11 figs., 15 tabs.

  20. Fiscal 1997 report on a feasibility study of international joint researches in the Asian region; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (Asia chiiki kokusai kyodo kenkyu kanosei chosa (4)hokokusho)



    It is thought that the energy consumption in Asian countries with ASEAN and China as center will a marked growth also in future together with a rapid economic growth, but harmony with environmental problems and economic growth is being taken as a serious problem. This is an important issue also to Japan from viewpoints of secure energy supply and regional response to the environmental issue. Accordingly, strongly desired is positive response to global environmental issues and promotion in development/spread of new energy/energy conservation in these countries. For the spread of the technologies, actual construction/operation of plants by joint researches with Japan are effective from aspects of personnel raising, technical improvement, PR effects, etc. This is also helpful for Japan in terms of technological development because Japan can also get the unobtainable data from the operation under appropriate conditions. This is a report on the studies of the trends of global environmental problems in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, India and China. 3 figs., 72 tabs.

  1. Anodic Behavior of Semiconducting Diamond Thin-film Electrodes in the Electrolyte for Electrochemical Fluorination; Handotai daiamondo denkyoku no denkai fussokayokuchu ni okeru youkyoku kyodo

    Shibata, Hirotake.; Kawasaki, Shinji. [Shinshu University, Nagano (Japan). Faculty of Textile Science and Technology; Momota, Kunitake. [Morita Chemical Industries, Osaka (Japan). Department of Research and Development; Okino, Fujio.; Touhara, Hidekazu. [Shinshu University, Nagano (Japan). Faculty of Technology]|[Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology, Tokyo (Japan). Jaoan Science and Technology Corporation; Gamonishitani, Mika.; Sakaguchi, Isao.; Ando, Toshihiro. [National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials, Ibaraki (Japan)]|[Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology, Tokyo (Japan). Japan Science and Technology Corporation


    Electrochemical behavior of semiconducting diamond thin-film electrodes has been studied by measuring cyclic voltammograms for the anodic oxidation of 1,4-difluorobenzene in the electrolyte, neat Et{sub 4}NF{center_dot}4HF. A comparative study using a Pt-electrode establishes that the electrochemical fluorination of 1,4-difluorobenzene using the diamond electrode yields 3, 3, 6, 6-tetrafluoro-1, 4-cyclohexadiene. Furthermore no peaks corresponding to the redox reaction of Pt-electrode, i.e., the formation and reduction of PtO{sub 2}, are observed in the CVs obtained using the diamond electrode, suggesting that the diamond electrode is more stable than the Pt-electrode. The results suggests that electrochemical fluorination and the electrolytic production of elemental fluorine are possible at the dimensionally stable diamond electrode. (author)

  2. Study on heavy duty truck stability control by braking force control; Seidoryoku seigyo ni yoru truck no sharyo kyodo anteika ni taisuru ichikosatsu

    Matsuda, K.; Shinjo, H.; Harada, M.; Ohata, K.; Sakata, K. [Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Tokyo (Japan)


    Now a days we are discussing about the vehicle stability control system which freely controls the braking force of each wheel to apply the yaw t and decelerate the vehicle. The system drastically improve the vehicle cornering performance and stabilize the vehicle behavior in its critical area. This paper discusses a point to notice in case of applying this technique for heavy duty trucks, and describes the possibility of the stabilization for vehicle cornering behavior about heavy duty truck. 3 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  3. Emission behavior of OH radical in internal EGR using a 2-cycle engine; 2 cycle engine wo mochiita naibu EGR no OH radical no hakko kyodo

    Hashimoto, S.; Amino, Y.; Yoshida, K.; Shoji, H.; Saima, A. [Nihon University, Tokyo (Japan)


    The purpose of this study was to examine and consider the influence, which the remained gas exercised on combustion. 2-cycle engine was Used as the test engine. Internal EGR was run. The means was that the test engine was fitted the back pressure control plate on the exhaust port. The conditions, which were run with internal EGR and without internal EGR, were compared. The OH radical, which plays important role in combustion of hydrocarbon fuels, was measured with emission spectroscopy. In internal EGR, the unburned end gas on exhaust port side was susceptible to the remained gas. 6 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Measurements of apex seal behavior in a rotary engine using four displacement sensors; Rotary engine no apex seal kyodo. Yon`i sensor ni yoru sokutei

    Matsuura, K. [Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo (Japan). College of Science and Engineering


    Behavior measurements of an apex seal of three-piece slanted horizontal split type were made, using an overhanging eccentric shaft-type single-rotor engine equipped with a multichannel packaged slip ring. To analyze the behavior, a computer plotting program was developed, by means of which the sequences of the configuration of top and bottom parts in the slot at given eccentric shaft angles were plotted on the trochoidal curves from the measured displacement data. The measurement results revealed the details of the behavior. Under high working chamber pressure, the top part of the leading apex seal is flush with the leading side of the slot, while that of the trailing apex seal is considerably tilted with respect to the trailing edge of the slot. 8 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Temperature effect on corrosion fatigue strength of coated ship structural steel; Zosen`yoko tosozai no fushoku hiro kyodo ni okeru ondo no eikyo

    Takanashi, M.; Fuji, A.; Kojima, M.; Kitagawa, M. [Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Kobayashi, Y. [Ship Research Inst., Tokyo (Japan); Kumakura, Y.


    The corrosion fatigue life was obtained using uncoated and tar epoxy resin specimens to clarify the temperature effect. The life curve for corrosion fatigue of machined and uncoated steel in the air and sea was obtained. The fatigue strength of uncoated steel largely decreases in the sea and breaks even in the nominal stress range of less than 1/2 of the fatigue limit in the air. The effect of temperature on the coated steel is represented by a corrosion coefficient. The steel coated at 25{degree}C is 1/1.03 to 1/1.13 at 40 to 60{degree}C. This showed that the fatigue strength decreases when the temperature exceeds 25{degree}C. However, it has not such tendency and significance that are represented quantitatively. There is a slight difference in the short-life area between the crack generation life and breaking life. However, the long-life area has no significance that influences the whole evaluation. In the long-life corrosion fatigue, the crack occurs from the corrosion pit due to the exposure below the coated film and progresses in the base material before the coated film is destroyed. The effect of the corrosion pit remarkably appears at a low-stress level. 14 refs., 14 figs., 4 tabs.

  6. Tumbling behavior of a nematic liquid crystal in inlet flow between parallel plates; Heiko heibankan iriguchi nagare ni okeru nematic ekisho no tumbling kyodo

    Tsuji, T.; Chono, S. [Fukui University, Fukui (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    Two-dimensional tumbling behavior is investigated numerically by calculating inlet flows of a tumbling-type nematic liquid crystal between parallel plates. Calculations are performed for various Ericksen numbers. At the comparatively small Ericksen number of Er=10, the director in the upper half space of the channel rotates counter-clockwise before reaching the fully developed value. At Er=50, the director shows an abrupt rotation just after the inlet section. The rotation is not only convected to the downstream area but propagated from the region near the channel wall where shear rate is large to the center region. When Er is increased further to 100, the director profile does not indicate a monotonic development but a two-step one. In this case, the velocity profile in the main flow direction is wavelike. It is found that the effect of director orientation is strongly reflected on the velocity field, while the reverse effect is weak. 26 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Research report of fiscal 1997. Basic research on joint implementation for preventing global climate changes; 1998 nendo chosa hokokusho. Kyodo jisshi kiso chosa



    Research was made to promote Activities Implemented Jointly Japan Program. Joint Implementation (JI) is the methodology for preventing global climate changes by collaboration of countries. The countries take cooperative actions for reduction, absorption and fixation of greenhouse gases, and effectively distribute the reduction credits among relevant parties. This was decided in the first session of the Conference of Parties (COP) held in March, 1995. In COP3, Japan`s assigned reduction amount in 2008-2012 was determined as 6% of the emission level in 1990. The protocol defines JI between parties as dealings of emission reduction units, and JI between developing countries as clean development mechanism. The rules for a base line and credit distribution are necessary before full-scale implementation. Although JI is regarded as an important cost-effective project, it is important to decide where and how the JI projects should been promoted. The present state and issues of the primary approved project of Japan Program are arranged. In particular, various terms related to developing countries remain to be solved. 21 figs., 32 tabs.

  8. Cultivation of spirulina platensis and its growth behavior controlling cultivation medium; Baiyoeki sosei no seigyo ni yoru spirulina platensis no baiyo oyobi sono zoshoku kyodo

    Kobayashi, K.; Fujita, K. [Babcock-Hitachi K.K., Tokyo (Japan)


    Cultivation of Spirulina platensis while controlling pH and nitrate ion in the culture medium was investigated in order to obtain a high density culture. In the cultivation of Spirulina platensis using sodium bicarbonate as a carbon source, the pH value increased during growth of Spirulina, and then the growth stopped at a pH value of more than 12. The cell concentration reached 2.2g/l by maintaining a pH range of 8.5 to 10.0 using CO2 gas without controlling the nitrate ion concentration. By controlling the pH and adding nitrate to a concentration of 2.0g/l, the cell concentration reached 4.2g/l at 350 hours. It was found that the cell concentration was about four times that of the culture without controlling pH and nitrate. 4 refs., 6 figs.

  9. Transformation behavior in low carbon 13% chromium-3% copper stainless steel; Tei C-13%Cr-3%Cu ko no hentai kyodo

    Hara, T.; Uemori, R.; Miyasaka, A. [Nippon Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)


    Martensitic transformation and {gamma} {yields} {alpha} transformation behavior were investigated in low carbon 13% chromium stainless steels containing 2% nickel or 3% copper. The main conclusions are as follows: (1) Hardness of 2% nickel added low carbon 13% chromium steel was independent of cooling rate after hot working at large reduction. Structure of the steel was martensitic even after being subjected to such large reduction of 75%. This result suggests that ferritic transformation was hard to occur under an usual cooling rate because austenite phase was sufficiently stablized by the addition of chromium and nickel. (2) Austenite to ferrite transformation occurred only for the low carbon 13% chromium 3% copper steel without nickel even at the small cooling rate, such as 0.01K/s. This result was mainly attributed to the unstabilization of austenite phase which caused by the precipitation of {epsilon}-Cu. Furthermore, austenite of the steel becomes easy to transform to ferrite due to heavy hot working. This phenomenon was seemed to be caused by the increase in the area of austenite grain boundary owing to recrystallization. Thus, it was considered that the nucleation of {epsilon}-Cu at the grain boundaries promoted ferrite formation. (author)

  10. Continuous cooling transformation behavior for heat treatment of spheroidal graphite cast iron. Kyujo kokuen chutetsu no netsushoriji ni okeru renzoku reikyaku hentai kyodo

    Nakata, T.; Matsumoto, H. (Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan)); Kasugai, T. (National Research Institute for Metals, Tsukuba (Japan)); Koyama, M. (Automobile Foundry Co. Ltd., Yokohama (Japan))


    In order to study basic heat treatment properties of spheroidal graphite cast iron, the continuous cooling transformation(CCT) diagrams for the material equivallent to FCD700 under various austenitized conditions were obtained. There were 4 kinds of austenitized conditions varying from 1123K and 420s to 1323K and 1,800s. Eight kinds of cooling time from the austenitized temperature to 773K ranged from 6s to 4,000s. The transformation temperature was measured by a thermal expansion method. When the austenitized temperature was increased from 1123K to 1323K, ferrite and pearlite transformation regions moved a little in the CCT diagrams and the martensite transformation temperature decreased from 493K to 458K. The bainite region in the CCT diagrams disappeared at the austenite temperatures above 1223K. The nucleation sites of ferrite and pearlite in the spheroidal graphite cast iron were generated at grain boundary between austenite and graphite but not at grain boundary between austenites. The reason of such phenomena was also studied. 10 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  11. Isothermal transformation behavior in 12%Cr-0.3%C steel; 12%Cr-0.3%C ko ni okeru koon hentai kyodo

    Mikami, M. [Japan Casting and Forging Corp., Kitakyushu (Japan); Tsuchiyama, T.; Takaki, S. [Kyushu Univearsity, Fukuoka (Japan)


    In order to get fine grain of large martensitic stainless steels products, it is available to use the isothermal transformation before the austenitizing. When 12%Cr-0.3%C steel is subjected to the full solution treatment and following isothermal transformation at 900-1,020K, it is observed that the microstructures are affected by the isothermal ageing temperature. The microstructure transformed isothermally at 1,020K is the full eutectoid structure where carbides precipitate homogeneously. On the other hand, the microstructure transformed at 900K is the mixed heterogeneous structure: the eutectoid structure where carbides precipitate densely around the edge of prior austenite grains and the ferrite structure where carbides hardly precipitate in the center of prior austenite grains. These phenomena are concerned with the decreasing in carbon content in the untransformed austenite as the eutectoid transformation progresses. The amount of decreasing in carbon at 900K is larger than at 1,020K, which causes the shortage of carbon in austenite in the last period of isothermal transformation. In the case of the isothermal transformation at 900K, the reason of why there are the ferrite structures with no carbide in the center of prior austenite grains is that the massive transformation is induced by the shortage of carbon in untransformed austenite. (author)

  12. Effect of applied tensile stress on the transformation behavior of medium carbon low alloy steels. Chutanso tei gokinko no hentai kyodo ni oyobosu hippari oryoku fuka no koka

    Kanetsuki, Y.; Katsumata, M.; Kaida, O.; Kaiso, M. (Kobe Steel, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))


    Techniques of controlled rolling and cooling are actively being used as the manufacturing process of high strength and high tenacity steel plates. The reason behind this is that the ferrite-pearlite texture can be made very finely. However, with regard to low alloy carbon steel bars with enhanced hardenability, its texture becomes hard bainite texture in the cooling process after rolling, hence its workability is not good. In this research, in lieu of controlled rolling, the possibility of the process that the tensile stress, whose effect of facilitating transformation is known, is applied before the transformation and its texture is controlled to the ferrite-pearlite texture at the cooling rate of air cooling. In other words, with regard to medium carbon low alloy steels, its transformation behavior was studied by a tensile test in which additional stress was controlled during its continuous cooling. The results are as follows: It was found that by adding stress, the ferrite transformation was expedited. This was because the nuclei formation of ferrite, which was enhanced by inner stress, was facilitated. Furthermore, when the above transformation took place at the same time of deformation, an uniform elongation about 60% was obtained. 13 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Strength change of clay in the vicinity of soil-cement column; Soil cement kairyotai dasetsu ni tomonau shuhen nendo no sendan kyodo henka

    Miura, N.; Koga, K. [Saga University, Saga (Japan). Faculty of Science and Engineering; Shen, S. [Saga University, Saga (Japan); Nakamura, R.


    In relation to the installation of the improved soil cement column for improving soft ground, a laboratory experiment and on-site experimental installation are carried out for the study of the surrounding area supporting mechanism of the improved column. In the laboratory experiment, a column is installed using cement slurry into a model ground prepared by placing Ariake clay in a concrete tank, and a load test is conducted after a 28-day curing. In the on-site installation experiment, a column is installed near the mouth of a river flowing into the Ariake Sea, where changes in pore water pressure and soil strength, the latter by use of a double tube cone, are measured before and after the installation, and specimens are collected. Studies are conducted and findings are obtained as outlined below. The effects on the surrounding clay of the improved soil cement column installation consist of a decrease in soil strength during the installation, its recovery to the normal level, and an increase in soil strength due to recompaction and cementation to follow. Surrounding the installed column, there is formed a solidified region as wide as several percent of the column radius and, further surrounding the solidified region, there is formed a region with its strength enhanced, which is as wide by 1.5-20 times as the column radius. 26 refs., 19 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Study of fuel control strategy based on an fuel behavior model for starting conditions; Nenryo kyodo model ni motozuita shidoji no nenryo hosei hosho ni tsuite no kosatsu

    Nakajima, Y.; Uchida, M.; Iwano, H.; Oba, H. [Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    We have applied a fuel behavior model to a fuel injection system which we call SOFIS (Sophisticated and Optimized Fuel Injection System) so that we get air/fuel ratio control accuracy and good driveability. However the fuel behavior under starting conditions is still not clear. To meet low emission rules and to get better driveability under starting conditions, better air/fuel ratio control is necessary. Now we have understood the ignition timing, injection timing, and injection pulse width required in such conditions. In former days, we analyzed the state of the air/fuel mixture under cold conditions and made a new fuel behavior model which considered fuel loss such as hydrocarbons and dissolution into oil and so on. Al this time, we have applied this idea to starting. We confirm this new model offers improved air/fuel ratio control. 6 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  15. 3-D volume rendering visualization for calculated distributions of diesel spray; Diesel funmu kyodo suchi keisan kekka no sanjigen volume rendering hyoji

    Yoshizaki, T.; Imanishi, H.; Nishida, K.; Yamashita, H.; Hiroyasu, H.; Kaneda, K. [Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan)


    Three dimensional visualization technique based on volume rendering method has been developed in order to translate calculated results of diesel combustion simulation into realistically spray and flame images. This paper presents an overview of diesel combustion model which has been developed at Hiroshima University, a description of the three dimensional visualization technique, and some examples of spray and flame image generated by this visualization technique. 8 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  16. Effect of solute content on plasma nitriding behavior of Fe-Cr alloys; Fe-Cr gokin purazuma chikka kyodo ni oyobosu yoshitsu nodo no eikyo

    Lin, Weiyan; Okada, S. [Okayama Univ., Okayama (Japan). Graduate School; Takada, J. [Okayama Univ., Okayama (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Kuwahara, H. [Research Inst. for Applied Science, Kyoto (Japan); Nishikawa, S.; Hama, T. [Kogi Ltd., Hyogo (Japan)


    It has been clarified by the present authors, based on the plasma nitriding of Fe-Cr alloys and Fe-Ti alloys carried out at the temperature under 550{degree}C hitherto, that an internal nitriding layer is formed due to the fine dispersion of the particles of Cr nitride and Ti nitride in {gamma}{prime} Fe4N layer on the specimen surface. In this study, the plasma nitriding of Fe-Cr alloys are carried out at 650{degree}C, and the effects of the solute (Cr) content on the structures, nitride and the thickness distribution are examined. The main results obtained therefrom are indicated hereafter. In accordance with the observation on the cross-sectional structure of the alloys, only the nitriding layer deduced as the dispersion and precipitation of the particles of Cr nitride from {alpha}-Fe of the mother phase is formed, while {gamma}{prime}-Fe4N layer, which is found at the temperature under 550{degree}C, is not formed. The nitride of Cr generated in the nitriding layer is CrN in all Fe-Cr alloys. The hardness in the nitriding layer is constant and increases with the increase of Cr content. 13 refs., 6 figs.

  17. Report on a feasibility study of making an international joint research on energy in the Asia region; Asia chiiki kokusai kyodo kenkyu kanosei chosa hokokusho. 2



    A survey was conducted on the energy situation in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and India, and a possibility of making an international joint research. Thailand has sharply increased investments from Europe and the U.S. since 1985, and has been making a rapid industrialization. As to the energy policy, it is important to secure the stable supply and stabilize the price. Indonesia has been rapidly increasing energy consumption in accordance with the recent economic growth, and is fear of becoming a net oil importing country in the near future. They are taking a policy for securing as much domestic oil and gas as possible. Malaysia has been keeping a high growth of over 8% per year for the past 8 years and rapidly increased energy demand. It is expected that they will maintain a high level of the development of energy resources. In the Philippines, the industrial energy is mostly coal, but electricity expected in future is from the oil-fueled power generation. The stable import of oil is a problem. 45 figs., 51 tabs.

  18. Fiscal 1998 joint promotion basic research report. Energy saving project for Achinsk refinery in Russia; 1998 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa. Roshia Achinsuku seiyujo shoene project



    For prevention of global warming by greenhouse effect gas, study was made on energy saving measures for Achinsk refinery in Russia. Achinsk refinery is a relatively new plant put into operation in 1983, however, because of no various equipment for use combustion heat effectively, its average thermal efficiency is as low as 60%-70%, resulting in fuel consumption more than necessary one. Based on the study result, the following remodeling designs were made: Improvement of a heat exchange efficiency by relocation of heat exchangers to reduce fuel consumption of a heating furnace as much as possible, conversion of an existing heating furnace based on an old design concept to an advanced one, installation of a waste heat recovery system including a preheating convection unit and air preheater, reinforcement of heating furnace wall insulator, installation of an optimum control system for furnace operation, and improvement of a fuel supply system efficiency. This design showed possible reduction of heating furnace load, and possible furnace thermal efficiency of 90%. (NEDO)

  19. Motion analysis of human cervical vertebrae and injury mechanisms during low speed rear impacts; Teisokudo tsuitotsu ni okeru ningen no keitsui kyodo kaiseki to shogai mechanism

    Ono, K. [Japan Automobile Research Institute Inc., Tsukuba (Japan); Kaneoka, K.; Inami, S.; Hayashi, K. [University of Tsukuba. Tsukuba (Japan)


    It is said that, as long as a head rest is used in an automobile, dilation of the cervical vertebrae will not extend the physiological range. However, neck injuries are still occurring frequently as a result of the rear collision accidents. This paper describes an experiment simulating low speed rear impacts by using ten volunteers for the purpose of clarifying the neck injury mechanism. Data taken by using a continuous X-ray photographing device were analyzed. The following points were made clear on features of collisions from comparison with normal cervical vertebral behavior: at a rear impact, the cervical vertebrae are subjected to action of axial compression force due to inertia of the neck, in addition to push-up of the body resulting in upward movement, and the force remains affecting the cervical vertebral behavior thereafter; the effect appears as a bending condition in the cervical vertebrae in the initial stage around 50 to 100 ms after the impact, and then transfers into dilation behavior; and this condition exceeds the normal physiologically movable range, particularly the movement of the winding center being abnormal, which is thought to involve in the mechanism of generating injuries in vertebral joints. 8 refs., 11 figs.

  20. Effects of ultra-violet ray and aqueous environment on deformation behavior of spider threads; Kumoito no henkei kyodo ni oyobosu hikari oyobi mizu kankyo no eikyo

    Kitagawa, M.; Katsumi, S. [Kanazawa University, Ishikawa (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Wako, Y. [Hachinohe Institute of Technology, Aomori (Japan). Laboratory of Food Technology


    As a series of the studies on the mechanical properties of spider threads, the effects of ultra- violet rays (UV) and water was investigated using drag lines of Nephila clavata (Jorougumo) and capture threads of Argiope amoena (Koganegumo). It was shown for the effect of water that (1) the drag line was contracted as soon as immersed in water (super contraction), while the capture thread was not so contracted and the viscid droplets attached to it were dissolved in water, and (2) the super contracted drag fine behaved like a capture thread with a j shaped load-draw ratio curve. For the effect of UV, it was found that (1) the degradation due to UV irradiation with short wave length was accelerated more than that with long one and (2) the degree of degradation for each wave length was governed by the integrated irradiation energy of UV. 9 refs., 8 figs.

  1. Effects of ultraviolet rays and acid rain on strength of spider silk; Kumo ito no kyodo ni oyobosu shigaisen oyobi sanseiu no eikyo

    Kitagawa, M.; Sasagawa, H. [Kanazawa Univ., Ishikawa (Japan). Faculty of engineering; Kawagoe, M. [Toyama Prefectural Univ., Toyama (Japan)


    Spider silk, differing to the synthetic fibers yarned at high temperature or using hazardous solvents, is a fiber in the body of animal and the process itself is safe. Again, the silk is made of up protein and is kind to the environment because does not cause pollution even after disposal. Also, it is a material of interest as a strong fiber having high tensile strength reaching to 2000 MPa. Accordingly, spider silk can be taken as an effective industrial material if the mass production of the fiber is possible by genetic engineering. In previous report, the mechanical properties of dragline silk spewed out from the same silk gland as the warp, a kind of silk spewed out by Nephila clavata, so called Jorogumo, were studied. In this report, the deformation behavior of circular net made by Jorogumo and applicability to environmental evaluation are under study, and effect of acid environment and ultraviolet rays on the mechanical properties of spider silk are studied. As a result, it was revealed that ultraviolet rays degraded the spider silk, and further, promoted the degradation when the acid rain acted at the same time. 16 refs., 11 figs.

  2. On the improvement of mechanical properties of monolithic silica aerogels (for transparent insulating material); Silica aerogel (tomei dannetsu zairyo) kyodo no kaizen ni tsuite

    Tajiri, K.; Igarashi, K.; Tanemura, S. [National Industrial Research Institute of Nagoya, Nagoya (Japan)


    Study was made on improvement of the strength of silica aerogel as transparent insulating material. Silica aerogel is a low-density porous material with high heat insulation and transparency. To develop a insulating material with high transparency, monolithic silica aerogel was studied. For direct use of it for windows, its strength improvement was attempted. The aerogel was prepared by supercritical drying (alcohol or CO2) of silica wet gel obtained by hydrolysis and condensation of silicon alkoxide solution. To prepare the aerogel bonded on plate glass for strength improvement, the aerogel was bonded to alkoxide by exposing active silanol radical through F-etching of plate glass surface. However, to obtain the practical large-area bonded aerogel, shrinkage control of the aerogel in supercritical drying was necessary. Addition of Laponite into a silica network for strength improvement by polymer increased the bending strength by 50%. Although some reduction of its transparency was observed because of clouding, its heat insulation was stable. Further strength improvement is necessary for its practical use. 5 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Study on collapse behavior of a square plate subjected to water pressure; Suiatsu wo ukeru kukeiban no atsukai kyodo ni kansuru kenkyu

    Yao, T.; Fujikubo, M.; Mizutani, K. [Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    Bottom plates of a hull are subjected to laterally distributing force due to in-plane compression force and water pressure in the ship`s length direction as a result of longitudinal bending in a hogging condition. Because buckling collapse of the hull bottom plates leads directly to longitudinal bending collapse of the hull bottom cross section, the hull bottom plates must have sufficient strength. The present study performs a static elastic large deflection analysis and an elasto-plastic large deflection analysis. It elucidates buckling collapse behavior of a square plate subjected to water pressure and in-plane compression load, and considers limits in application of conventional approximation analysis methods. In the case of a water pressure action, deflection components growing in excess of the buckling load do not necessarily correspond to buckling modes of the case where no water pressure is acting upon. Conventional approximation analysis methods may not be able often to pursue actual buckling phenomena. According the result of an analysis on hull bottom panels of an actual ship, the ultimate strength decreases when the water pressure is large. Compression force in the lateral direction as a result of water pressure acting on ship`s sides affected very little the ultimate strength. 3 refs., 7 figs.

  4. On the prediction of hydroelastic behaviors of a huge floating structure in waves. 2nd Report; Choogata futai no harochu dansei kyodo no suiteiho ni tsuite

    Murai, M.; Kagemoto, H.; Fujino, M. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)


    On the hydroelastic behaviors of a huge floating structure, a mutual interaction theory based on the area division method is used for the analysis of a fluid problem and a mode analysis method is used for the analysis of deformation. On the continuous deformation of a floating structure, the structure is considered as a set of partial structures obtained when the plane shape was divided into squares and discretely handled as a series of rigid motions in the small partial structures obtained by dividing the partial structures more finely. The experimental result in a water tank and the distribution method at a singular point were compared on the deformation of the elastic floating structure estimated by calculation based on this formulation. The result showed that the estimation method on the hydroelastic problem proposed in this paper is valid. On the prediction of hydroelastic behaviors of a huge floating structure, various calculation examples indicate that the hydroelastic behavior is not only the relation between the structure length and wavelength, but also that the bending rigidity of a structure is a very important factor. For a huge floating structure in the 5,000 m class, up to shorter wavelength of about {lambda}/L = 1/100 must be investigated. 6 refs., 14 figs., 5 tabs.

  5. Fiscal 1996 report on the committee for international collaborative research of medical and welfare apparatus; 1996 nendo chosa hokokusho (iryo fukushi kiki kokusai kyodo kenkyu jigyo)



    From a viewpoint that cancer, cerebral hemorrhage, heart disease, etc. caused by the progress in aging are problems not only to Japan but to all developed countries, a possibility of Japan`s joint study with other countries was examined to promote efficiently and effectively research/development of the apparatus required. Moreover, from a viewpoint of being the same Asian countries, a possibility of the joint study was examined also with developing countries which are largely different in disease structure and environment of the use of apparatus from developed countries. In the examination on medical/welfare apparatus technology of China, before the site examination, a book of data was arranged on the actual state of population and disease structure and the R and D situation of medical/welfare apparatus in Japan, and at the same time, celebrated persons in China were introduced by the scientific society side as widely as possible. By this preliminary study, the original objective of the examination could be achieved. In the examination with the U.S. and Europe, Japan held meetings with engineers of the U.K., France and the U.S. Japan`s `load control type walking supporting apparatus,` of which the development was finished, was very highly evaluated by each organ of the countries

  6. Report on New Sunshine Program-supported undertakings for fiscal 1997. Development of hot water power plant and deep-seated geothermal resources sampling/exploiting technologies; 1997 nendo New Sunshine keikaku hojo jigyo seika hokokusho. Nessui riyo hatsuden plant nado kaihatsu, shinbu chinetsu shigen saishu gijutsu no kaihatsu, shinbu chinetsu shigen seisan gijutsu no kaihatsu



    Reported are the results of researches conducted in fiscal 1997. In the field of PTSD (Pressure, Temperature, Spinner flowmeter, fluid Density) well logging, the high-temperature performance of a memory type PT (Pressure, Temperature) well logger is confirmed in a demonstration test. As for the S-probe, modification is effected for the reduction of the outside diameter from 70mm to 56mm, and tests are conducted in real wells. As for the D-probe, a laboratory test is conducted and then the probe behaves as predicted. In the field of PCT (Pressure, Chemical, Temperature) monitoring, the sampler is subjected to an on-site test in Italy, when water is successfully sampled out of the well. In the field of scale monitoring technique, deep-seated fluid is collected and examined, and the scale deposition rate in the deep-seated fluid is determine. For the study of production control technology with respect to scale prevention and removal, an Mg-Si scale synthesis test is conducted in the temperature range of 100-300degC, and it is found that the solubility of scale decreases with a rise in temperature. 19 refs., 93 figs., 24 tabs.

  7. Study of characteristics of a new-type lead dioxide anode for electrowinning of Zinc. 4. ; Application of a new-type lead dioxide electrode to electrowinning. Aen denkai saishu ni okeru shingata nisanka namari yokyoku no tokusei no kenkyu. 4. ; Shingata nisanka namari denkyoku no denkai seiren eno oyo

    Fukazawa, A.; Ueda, M.; Watanabe, A.; Hagimori, K.; Numasaki, T.; Kusano, K. (National Chemical Laboratory for Industry, Tsukuba, (Japan) Toho Zinc Co. Ltd., Tokyo, (Japan))


    A new-type of lead dioxide electrode was tried as an anode for electrowinning of zinc, and the results were reported in comparison with the conventional lead alloy electrode which contains about 1% of silver. The new-type electrode gave electrolytic zinc with a lower level of lead contamination, and no stabilization was required. It had a high resistance to chlorine corrosion, chlorine was effectively removed, and no crust manganese was found. Furthermore, it showed a high current efficiency in electrowinning of zinc, resistance in a high current density, and a higher anodic overpotential as well as a higher bath potential. On the other hand, it is believed that the new-type electrode may be more suitable for use in the zinc electrowinning process when the alloy electrode can not be used, e. g., electrowinning of pure zinc which is scarcely contaminated by lead, electrowinning from a bath with a large amount of chlorine, or electrowinning at a high current density. These merits are more than increased electric power cast which is due to the use of the new-type electrode. 13 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Report on New Sunshine Program-supported undertakings for fiscal 1995. Development of hot water power plant and deep-seated geothermal resources sampling/exploiting technologies; 1995 nendo New Sunshine keikaku hojo jigyo seika hokokusho. Nessui riyo hatsuden plant nado kaihatsu (shinbu chinetsu shigen saishu gijutsu no kaihatsu, shinbu chinetsu shigen seisan gijutsu no kaihatsu)



    Reported are the results of researches conducted in fiscal 1995. For the formulation of a general development design, data are collected about domestic high-temperature thermal wells through questionnaires and literature probing, and are scrutinized. As for the development of logging technology, a memory type PT (Pressure, Temperature) logger is experimentally constructed, and is found to properly operate in an environment of up to 350degC in a production well. An experimentally manufactured S-probe proves to be capable of heat insulation and sealing. In the field of PT monitoring, a high-temperature optical fiber is experimentally fabricated for study, capable of measuring temperatures up to 400degC. As for the development of high-temperature tracer monitoring technology, basic experiments are conducted about the thermal characteristics of aromatic acids, and preparatory experiments about gas phase tracers. In the study of scale monitoring technology, deep-seated fluids are collected and analyzed. In the field of production control, technical problems are discussed and information is gathered centering on methods for scale prevention and removal. 31 refs., 90 figs., 40 tabs.

  9. Fatigue crack propagation behavior in the field of residual stress distribution. 7th Report. Study of fatigue crack propagation behavior based upon RPG load; Zanryu oryokuba ni okeru hiro kiretsu denpa kyodo. 7. RPG kijun ni yoru hiro kiretsu denpa kyodo no kenkyu

    Toyosada, M.; Niwa, T. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    In the previous report, load causing tensional plastic region or in other words the load limit above RPG load was an effective load limit for fatigue crack propagation and corresponding to this, the relation between the stress expansion coefficient limit {delta}K{sub RP} and fatigue crack propagation rate including the periphery of lower limit region showed linear relation in logarithm graph. In this report, many informations were achieved from the fatigue crack propagation experiment under same load condition using center notched specimens for the three cases such as tension residual stress and compression residual stress are applied to the near edges of the specimen, and for the case where residual stress do not exist in order to study whether the stress expansion coefficient limit {delta}K{sub RP} corresponding to load range above RPG load can be a parameter of fatigue crack propagation rate or not even in case of residual stress field and further, whether the simulation of RPG load can be materialize even in case of residual stress field or not. 6 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Fatigue crack propagation behavior in the field of residual stress distribution. 7th Report. Study of fatigue crack propagation based upon RPG load; Zanryu oryokuba ni okeru hiro kiretsu denpa kyodo. 7. RPG kijun ni yoru hiro kiretsu denpa kyodo no kenkyu

    Toyosada, M.; Niwa, T. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    In the previous paper, a simulation model of fatigue crack opening and closing phenomena in an arbitrary stress distribution field for the purpose of obtaining RPG load is shown. From the calculation and experimental results of RPG load, the effects of stress ratio and delayed retardation on fatigue crack propagation are quantitatively assessed. Moreover it becomes clear that the stopping condition of fatigue crack propagation is {delta}K{sub RP}{le}0. In this paper, fatigue crack propagation tests in residual stress distribution field are carried out. Two types of center notched specimens are prepared: one is that gas heating is made at the center line of the specimen which leads to tensile residual stress field in the middle part of the specimen, the other at near the edges of the specimen which leads to compressive residual stress field in the middle part of the specimen. It becomes clear that tensile residual stress descends RPG load and compressive residual stress raises RPG load. Moreover if the large compressive residual stress exists, crack closes even when tensile yield zone generates at the crack tip under loading process. In this case, plastic zone could not grow until crack becomes fully open. Simulated RPG load is in good agreement with experimental one even in the field of residual stress distribution. And compressive residual stress has a large effect of decreasing the fatigue crack propagation rate. These effects can be successfully estimated by the simulation model. 6 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  11. Basic research on energy conservation in developing countries. Basic research on promotion of activities implemented jointly (AIJ) (research on possibility of AIJ in developing countries); Hatten tojokoku energy shohi koritsuka kiso chosanado jigyo kyodo jisshi suishin kiso chosa. Hatten tojokoku ni okeru kyodo jisshi katsudo no kanosei chosa hokokusho



    The activities implemented jointly (AIJ) is expected as global measures to reduce greenhouse gas (such as CO2) emission. In this report, the possibility of AIJ projects in developing countries was researched. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was signed by 155 countries in 1992. This convention parties approved AIJ projects for measures against global warming. The 1st Conference of the Parties (COPI) held in 1995 approved the pilot phase of AIJ by voluntary workers jointly with developing countries until the end of this century. The trend, level and future plan of energy conservation technologies were researched and analyzed for steelmaking, cement and electric power supply industries in both the Philippine and Thailand. The possibility of AIJ projects was studied by selecting several Japanese energy conservation technologies transferable to both countries. The same research was also carried out for forest as carbon absorption source. 5 refs., 23 figs., 58 tabs.

  12. Japan Report.


    85) 4 ’ Nitto Maru’ Survivors Return on MSA Patrol Boat (KYODO, 12 May 85) « 5 UN Chief To Visit in June, Discuss Gulf War (KYODO, 11 May 85...territorial waters, it added. CSO: 4100/501 POLITICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL JPRS-JAR-85-015 18 June 1985 ’ NITTO MARU’ SURVIVORS RETURN ON MSA PATROL BOAT...patrol boat Rebun also carried the bodies of two other crewmen of the Nitto Maru No. 71. The two died while drifting in a life raft in the sea east

  13. Fiscal 1995 report on the results of the subsidy operation under the Sunshine Project on the development of a geothermal water use power plant, etc. Development of the deep geothermal resource collecting technology (development of the deep geothermal resource drilling technology); 1995 nendo New Sunshine keikaku hojo jigyo seika hokokusho. Nessui riyo hatsuden plant nado kaihatsu (shinbu chinetsu shigen saishu gijutsu no kaihatsu / shinbu chinetsu shigen kussaku gijutsu no kaihatsu)



    The paper reported the results of the fiscal 1995 R and D on the development of deep geothermal resource collecting/drilling technology. In the design of a total development, the trend of technical development was examined of bits, cement and DHM overseas. Further, the simulational prediction was conducted in deep geothermal drilling. As to the development of element technology of hard high temperature strata drilling, the R and D of seal mechanism, bearing mechanism and cutter mechanism were carried out aiming at developing heat resistant/durable bits, and a bit was trially manufactured which was integrated with element parts selected by each element technology. Concerning the development of high temperature drilling mud, studies were made of the development of drilling mud materials, a mud system, etc. Relating to the development of high temperature cement slurry, the development was conducted of high temperature cement, dewatering adjusting agents, etc. As to the development of high accuracy much inclination drilling technology, in the development of high temperature use downhole motor, tests on heat resistance/durability were carried out in the mud of 12 kinds of high heat resistant stator materials. 175 figs., 137 tabs.

  14. Fiscal 1996 report on the results of the subsidy operation under the Sunshine Project on the development of a geothermal water use power plant, etc. Development of the deep geothermal resource collecting technology (development of the deep geothermal resource drilling technology); 1996 nendo New Sunshine keikaku hojo jigyo seika hokokusho. Nessui riyo hatsuden plant nado kaihatsu (shinbu chinetsu shigen saishu gijutsu no kaihatsu / shinbu chinetsu shigen kussaku gijutsu no kaihatsu)



    The paper reported the results of the fiscal 1996 R and D on the development of deep geothermal resource collecting/drilling technology. In the design of a total development, the planned adjustment of actual well tests was conducted on bits and drilling mud at the time of drilling the exploration well of the Kakkonda area. As to the trend of overseas technology, examined was the developmental trend of high temperature type downhole motor products. In the development of hard high temperature strata drilling element technology, a drilling test was carried out on trially manufactured 300degC heat resistant/durable bits. In the development of high temperature drilling mud, drilling was done in the mud of thermally stable quality in the actual well experiment using the 300degC mud system. In the development of high temperature use cement and high temperature use cement slurry, a possibility was obtained of composing a slurry which has the targeted dewatering amount, compressive strength, and water permeability. In the development of high temperature downhole motor, data on characteristics of heat resistant stator materials were arranged in a relationship among the abrasion amount, thermal expansion amount and elastic recovery amount, and the database was obtained. 166 figs., 148 tabs.

  15. Fiscal 1998 survey report. Medical equipment (Development of fine sampling/analysis system for blood / Development of high-precision 3-D image diagnosis system / Development of low-invasion operation support system / Total development of artificial internal organ technologies); 1998 nendo chosa hokokusho. Iryo kiki (ketsuekinado biryo saishu, biryo bunseki system kaihatsu/koseido sanjigen eizo shindan system kaihatsu/teishinshu shujutsu shien system kaihatsu/jinko zoki gijutsu sogo kaihatsu)



    For efficient medical care supply systems, the R and D of advanced medical care technology and equipment largely contribute to productivity improvement for medical care services. Among them, a progress of medical care technology is becoming important for preparation of efficient and fair supply systems. MITI thus established 'Medical care and welfare equipment development project' in 1994, and has promoted the strategic long-term R and D project of medical care and welfare equipment as joint R and D project of NEDO and private enterprises. In fiscal 1998, on the development of the fine sampling/analysis system for blood, the high- precision 3-D image diagnosis system, the low-invasion operation support system, and the artificial internal organ technologies since fiscal 1996, this project clarified essential technical issues based on the future view, selected some themes to be newly developed in the future, and surveyed and evaluated the details of their R and D concretely. (NEDO)

  16. FY 2000 report on the results of the regional consortium R and D project - Regional consortium energy field. Final year report. R and D on the bio-fuel production by high functional bio-reactor; 2000 nendo chiiki consortium kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo - chiiki consortium energy bun'ya. Kokino bio reactor ni yoru bio nenryo seisan ni kansuru kenkyu kaihatsu (saishu nendo) seika hokokusho



    A system was developed for producing automobile fuel from the recycled paper and waste cooking oil using high functional intelligent yeast. Element technology is the functional yeast creation technology and the online intelligent control technology of the process into which the fixed bio-reactor was inserted. Studies were made on the following: 1) creation of high activity lipase production/ethanol production yeasts; 2) bio-fuel production by intelligent bio-reactor; 3) process optimization control technology by fuzzy control; 4) stabilization of bio-fuel production yeast; 5) comprehensive investigational study. In FY 2000, the results were obtained as written below: development of the stable lipase coming from rhizopus japonicus, fixed bacterium using rhizopus oryzae fungus body which can be used more than ten times, direct ethanol fermentation from starch by developing the multi-copy glucoamylase manifestation yeast, operation of a 20L capacity bench plant, etc. (NEDO)

  17. Oxygen sorption-desorption behavior and superconductivity of Bi-based oxide superconductor (2212 phase). Bi-kei sankabutsu chodendotai (2212 so) no sanso shudacchaku kyodo to chodendo tokusei

    Deshimaru, Y.; Otani, T.; Shimizu, Y.; Miura, N.; Yamazoe, N. (Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Graduate School of Engineering Sciences)


    Authors have researched on a very small quantity of oxygen sorption-desorption behavior of Bi-based 2223 phase specimen (Pb added) by means of TPD method, and have examined correlation between the desorpted quantity of oxygen and critical temperature T {sub c}. In this paper, correlation among oxygen content volume change of 2212 phase specimen and crystal structure and superconductive characteristics were examined, by researching oxygen sorption-desorption behavior using TPD method same as the last report. Further, Pb add effects were also researched using 2212 phase specimen, which was changed the composition ratio of Sr and Ca. As a result, in each case of 4 specimens of Bi {sub 2 {minus} x} Pb {sub x} Sr {sub 2 {minus} y} Ca {sub 1+y} Cu {sub 2} O {sub 8+{delta}}, (x,y) = (0, 0), (0, 0.8), (0.2, 0), (0.2, 0.8), it could be found that very small quantity of oxygen about 2 {approximately} 3 {times} 10 {sup {minus} 5} mol/g would be sorpted/desorpted reversibly under less than 600 {degree} C. Moreover, in case of Pb added specimen, it could be clarified that hole concentration was about 1 {times} 10 {sup {minus} 5} mol/g in converted to the oxygen quantity higher than the case of not added one. 29 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  18. On the dynamic behavior of a wind turbine-generator system with a Darrieus-Savonius hybrid wind turbine; Hybrid furyoku turbine wo mochiita furyoku hatsuden system no kyodo ni tsuite

    Wakui, T.; Tanzawa, Y.; Hashizume, T.; Ota, E. [Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan). School of Science and Engineering; Terashima, Y.; Machiyama, T. [Nippon Institute of Technology, Saitama (Japan)


    In order to clarify the dynamic characteristics of a self-controlled Darrieus-Savonius hybrid wind turbine system, a system consisting of a hybrid wind turbine and an AC generator was tested under various wind conditions in the wind tunnel. We took up four types of wind blowing change for the test; ramp, sinusoidal and square wind velocity changes and a similar wind velocity change to the field wind. A series of tests substantiated the effectiveness of our operating scheme wherein the tip speed ratio is maintained at a constant value. On the other hand, theoretical studies have been carried out on the characteristics of the system. A simulation model is presented in order to describe the system characteristics not only for the steady-state behavior but also for the dynamic behavior. In spite of its simplicity, the model can predict both characteristics of the system well. The appropriateness of the simulation model is confirmed by comparing with the experimental results. -In addition, the field test data are discussed. As a result, it is confirmed that the system is operated and controlled satisfactorily in the field. 14 refs., 19 figs., 3 tabs.

  19. Investigation on standard deviation of high strength concrete in field and trial of its prediction at relatively large age. Kokyodo concrete no kyodo zoshin ni tomonau baratsuki no henka oyobi sono yosoku ni tsuite

    Tomatsuri, K. (Taisei Corp., Tokyo (Japan))


    Concrete strength varies in accordance with material proportioning and age, and is usually mixed and designed at the determined age in order to manifest the specified strength. Concerning high strength concrete with design strength over 360kg/cm{sup 2}, however, there is no clear provision to estimate increse and deviation of the strength in the case where either age or cumulative temperature varies. In this study, the strength and the distribution of standard curing concrete and concrete after long piriod of time were measured and analyzed statistically in regard to 14 kinds of high strength concrete with the nominal strength between 360 to 465kg/cm{sup 2} of three construction projects. Considering that strength ratio of concrete at two different kinds of cumulative temperature showed the nominal distribution, a method to predict the strength distribution of concrete after a long period of time was presented. In this method, for instance, use of such parameters as standard deviation of strength on the 28th day of age and strength index could make it possible to predict the average strength and the standard deviation at different ages. 9 refs., 15 figs., 6 tabs.

  20. Study on practical application of a longitudinal hull strength theory considering camber in cross section; Yokodanmen no sori wo koryoshita sentai tate kyodo riron no jitsuyoka ni kansuru kenkyu. 2

    Nose, M.; Suzuki, K.; Furuno, H. [Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science, Nagasaki (Japan); Suzuki, K.


    Discussions were given on practical application of a stress analyzing method for thin-wall deformed cross-sectional beam considering cross section camber in longitudinal bending. The non-static calculation method described in the previous report can be applied to a box-type cross section having multi-connected cells, bulk cargo transport vessels and container ships with dual hull structure, and oil tankers with dual hull structure of medium size. The calculation method was capable of achieving remarkable enhancement in efficiency over that of conventional calculation methods. The present study is intended to make the method applicable also to multi-connected cross section shapes having more than one longitudinal partitions as used in dual hull VLCC and ULCC. As a result, an expanded non-static calculation system was developed, which has introduced into the conception described in the previous report a new conception of triple point and independent start point members. As a result of applying the method to dual hull bulk cargo transport vessels, container ships, dual hull oil tankers of medium size, VLCC and ULCC, it was verified that the system operated properly. Remarkable efficiency improvement has been made possible as compared with conventional analysis methods applied to individual ships. The system is capable of automatic calculation, and makes possible the practical application of the hull strength theory considering cross section camber. 3 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  1. 'Nikkei Global Environment Technology Prize' awarded to the joint research group on regeneration of tropical forest; Nettairin saisei kyodo kenkyu ga 'Nikkei chikyu kankyo gijutsusho' wo jusho

    Watanabe, T. [Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan)


    The tropical forest regeneration technology research group of Kansai Electric Power Company and Kansai Environment Center has been performing the research and development of tropical forest regeneration technology jointly with Indonesia since fiscal 1992. The group was awarded with the Global Environment Technology Prize from Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. As a result of stringent examination on 97 applications, being two times as many as in usual years, the group received high evaluation on the originality, reality and possibility of proliferation of its research, and impacts given to the societies. Two other groups were also selected. The achievements were reported by the representative of the group in the award commemoration lecture at the global environment economist summit held by the Nikkei press the same day. Conventionally, afforestation done with considerable efforts has often been lost by forest fires and slash-and-burn farming, whereas the present research aims at establishing a comprehensive afforestation technology considering social and economic aspects, and CO2 fixation. As one of the choices of flexible measures as a result of the effect of forests having been recognized in COP3, frameworks for utilizing the mechanisms of joint implementation and clean resource development were introduced. Ever increasing expectations are placed on the achievements of the present research works. (NEDO)

  2. Measurement of excited oxygen (O2:[sup 1][Delta]g) concentration by spontaneous emission. Hakko kyodo ni yoru reiki sanso ([sup 1][Delta]g) nodo no sokutei

    Takahashi, S.; Hasegawa, Y.; Yamashita, I. (Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Tsukuba (Japan))


    The concentration of excited oxygen ([sup 1][Delta]g), which was generated by microwave discharge in a pure oxygen flow, was measured from the intensity of spontaneous emission. The conversion factor to density was determined by spectroscopic analysis of the rotational structure and calibration of the emission intensity using a black-body furnace as light source. Consequently, a good agreement was found between the observed profiles and those calculated from spectroscopic data, and it was illustrated that the absolute concentration can be obtained by coupling band analysis and the calibration method. In addition, even when the concentration was low, it was shown that the excited oxygen concentration can be measured by considering the reflection at the cell wall. The excited oxygen concentration at the microwave discharge cavity was estimated to be around 1% under the pressure ranging from 0.5 torr to 2 torr. Furthermore, the comparison of the profiles calculated at different temperature provided that the band profile can be a good indicator of gas temperature when the signal-to-noise ratio is high. 9 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  3. Characteristic analysis on the deformation behaviour of shell-like lattice structures subjected to follower forces; Judo kaju wo ukeru kosa arch kozo no daihenkei kyodo ni kansuru kenkyu

    Fukuchi, N.; Okada, K. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan); Fujii, M. [Namura Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Osaka (Japan); Shiraki, M. [Toyota Motor Corp., Aichi (Japan)


    The deformation mechanisms of submerged shell-like lattice structures with membrane are in principle of a non-conservative nature since the follower type hydrostatic pressure. In the region of large deformations, especially in the case of geometrically deep shell-like lattice structures, the system could be much more accurately defined in a mono-clinically convected coordinate description than the conventional spatial description. Also, a complete analysis of a non-conservative system requires a criterion since the system can have multiple ranges of stability and instability involving buckling and snapping. This paper presents the development of the governing equations for the finite deformations of shell-like lattices defined in a mono-clincally convected coordinate description and applies the same to different cases of lattice deformations. The validity of the formulations is verified for finite deformation. The examples of some geometrically special shell-like lattice structures are presented as well to show the feasibility of the present formulation. 5 refs., 11 figs.

  4. Studies of initial stage in coal liquefaction. Effect of decomposition of oxygen-functional groups on coal liquefaction; Ekika hanno no shoki katei ni kansuru kenkyu. 3. Gansanso kannoki no bunkai kyodo to ekika hanno eno eikyo

    Komeiji, A.; Kaneko, T.; Shimazaki, K. [Nippon Brown Coal Liquefaction Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    Pretreatment of brown coal in oil was conducted using 1-methyl naphthalene or mixture of tetralin and 1-methyl naphthalene as solvent at temperatures ranging from 300 to 430{degree}C under nitrogen atmosphere. Effects of the solvent properties on the structural change of oxygen-functional groups (OFG) and coal liquefaction were investigated by means of quantitative analysis of OFG and solid state {sup 13}C-NMR measurement. When hydrogen transfer from solvent was insufficient, it was suggested that brown coal molecules loose their hydrogen to be aromatized. While, at lower temperatures ranging from 300 to 350{degree}C, hydrogen contained in brown coal molecules was consumed for the stabilization of pyrolytic radicals, and the deterioration of liquefaction was not observed. When hydrogen transfer from solvent was insufficient at higher temperatures above 400{degree}C in nitrogen atmosphere during pretreatment in oil, crosslinking like benzofuran type was formed by dehydration condensation of hydroxyl group in brown coal, to deteriorate the liquefaction, remarkably. The addition of donor solvent like tetralin decreased the formation of crosslinking like benzofuran type, which suppressed the deterioration of liquefaction. 8 refs., 5 figs.

  5. Studies of initial stage in coal liquefaction. 4. Radical formation and structural change with thermal decomposition of coal; Ekika hanno no shoki katei ni kansuru kenkyu. 4. Netsubunkai ni tomonau radical seisei kyodo to kozo henka

    Kanaji, M.; Kaneko, T.; Shimasaki, K. [Nippon Brown Coal Liquefaction Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Kumagai, H.; Chiba, T. [Hokkaido University, Sapporo (Japan). Center for Advanced Research of Energy Technology


    In relation to coal liquefaction reaction, the effect of the coexistence of transferable hydrogen (TH) from process solvent on reduction of radical concentration and the effect of pre-heat treatment on average structure of coals were studied. In experiment, change in radical concentration with temperature rise was measured using the system composed of Yallourn coal and process solvent. The results are as follows. Process solvent with a wide boiling point range of 180-420{degree}C is effective in suppressing an increase in radical concentration even at higher temperature. The effect of hydrogen-donating solvent increases with TH. It was also suggested that high-boiling point constituents in solvent stabilize radicals even over 400{degree}C by vapor phase hydrogenation. The experimental results of pre-heat treatment are as follows. Although the conversion improvement effect of TH is equivalent to that of the model solvent, TH tends to produce soluble products with smaller ring numbers. It was thus suggested that pre-heat treatment in process solvent is effective to inhibit retrogressive reactions. 6 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Quantitative analysis of sulfur forms of coal and the pyrolysis behavior of sulfur compounds; Sekitanchu no io kagobutsu no keitaibetsu gan`yuryo no teiryo to sono netsubunkai kyodo

    Mae, K.; Miura, K.; Shimada, M. [Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    As part of the studies on coal utilization basics, considerations were given on quantification of sulfur forms of coal and the pyrolysis behavior of sulfur compounds. With the temperature raising oxidation method, a thermo-balance was connected directly to a mass analyzer, and the coal temperature was raised at a rate of 5{degree}C per minute and gasified. Peak division was performed on SO2 and COS production to derive sulfur forms of coal. Using the slow-speed pyrolysis method, production rates of H2S, COS, SO2 and mercaptans were measured at a temperature raising rate of 20{degree}C per minute. Sulfur content in char was also measured. With the quick pyrolysis method, a Curie point pyrolyzer was connected directly to a gas chromatograph, by which secondary reaction is suppressed, and initial pyrolytic behavior can be tracked. All kinds of coals produce a considerable amount of SO2 in the slow-speed pyrolysis, but very little in the quick pyrolysis. Instead, H2S and mercaptans are produced. Sulfur compound producing mechanisms vary depending on the temperature raising rates. By using a parallel primary reaction model, analysis was made on reactions of H2S production based on different activation energies, such as those generated from pyrite decomposition and organic sulfur decomposition. The analytic result agreed also with that from the temperature raising oxidation method. 4 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Survey report for fiscal 1998. Joint research project with researchers related to petroleum substituting energies in the EU countries; 1998 nendo EU shokoku no sekiyu daitai energy kanren kenkyusha tono kyodo kenkyu jigyo chosa hokokusho



    It was intended to invite researchers related to petroleum substituting energies from the EU countries to perform joint researches at research organizations under the auspices of the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology having deep relations with research themes of the invited researchers, to deepen the mutual understanding, and to form efficient cooperative relationship. The intention is also to contribute to research and development of petroleum substituting energies to be used in Japan in the future. The research themes, researchers, their research organizations, and the receiving research organizations are as follows: (1) evaluation of reservoir impedance in high-temperature rock experimental fields by Mr. Ralph Weidler (Germany) at Ruhr University received by the Resource and Environmental Technology Research Institute; (2) changing the particle boundary structure of ceramics by using the alkoxide process by Dr. Ramon Torrecillas (Spain) at Institute Nacional del Carbon received by the Nagoya Industrial Technology Research Institute; (3) research on corrosion in metallic materials for molten carbonate type fuel cells by Dr. Giuseppe Calogero (Italy) at Institute for Transformation and Storage of Energy received by the Osaka Industrial Technology Research Institute; and (4) estimation of behavior of deep geothermal reservoirs with high enthalpy by Dr. Enrico Maranini at Universita' Di Ferrara received by the Geology Survey Center. (NEDO)

  8. On dynamic response analysis of base-isolated structures for the Northridge earthquake and the Hyogo-ken Nanbu earthquake; Chokka jishin ni taisuru nenshin kozo no oto kyodo ni kansuru kosatsu

    Takayama, M.; Morita, K. [Fukuoka University, Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    The January 17, 1995, Hyogo-ken Nanbu earthquake was occurred. This earthquake was the most damaging earthquake to have struck Japan since the great Kanto earthquake. In Los Angela area, the Northridge earthquake was occurred at January 17, 1994. In this earthquake, the large acceleration over 1G was observed. Two base-isolated buildings (computer center and research facility) in Kobe-city, and USC Hospice (base-isolated building) in Los Angeles survived these big earthquakes. In this paper, the observed response of these base-isolated buildings was introduced and the performance of base-isolated buildings was discussed. And the dynamic response analysis was carried out using the observed ground motions during the two big earthquakes. As the results, the acceleration response of base-isolated buildings which isolated period Tf is over 4 sec was below 0.1-0.2G, and the relative displacement of isolated story was under 30-50cm. 13 figs., 4 tabs.

  9. Basic investigation on promotion of joint implementation in fiscal 2000. Efficiency improvement project for gas turbine power plant in Iran; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Iran gas turbine hatsuden plant no koritsu kaizen project



    Investigations and discussions have been given on measures to improve energy conservation and efficiency at a power plant of Kish Water and Power Company (KWPC) in Iran. The site has high ambient temperature throughout a year, making the gas turbine power plant capable of generating power only at about 70% of the rated output, with the power generation efficiency decreasing. The project has analyzed the current situation at the plant, and evaluated different means that appear effective in improving the efficiency, including the gas turbine absorbed air cooling system, the steam injection system, and the combined cycle. As a result of the discussions, it was revealed that energy saving effect can be obtained at 145 TJ with the gas turbine absorbed air cooling system, 224 TJ with the steam injection system, and 1017 TJ with the combined cycle. The annual reduction of greenhouse gas emission due to the above energy conservation would be about 11 thousand tons, 16.5 thousand tons, and 75 thousand tons, respectively. However, the investment payback period would be about 2.45 years, 8.31 years, and 14.21 years, respectively. Therefore, the profitability does not appear very attractive because of low fuel unit cost. (NEDO)

  10. Wetting on a plate with three-dimensional random heterogeneity and roughness. Equilibrium state and contact angle observed macroscopically; Sanjigen random na seijo wo motsu kotaimenjo deno nure kyodo. Energy heiko joken to kyshitekina sesshokukaku no kankei ni tsuite

    Kato, K.; Azuma, T. [Osaka City Univ., Osaka (Japan)


    A theoretical study was conducted to investigate the wetting behavior of liquid meniscus on a vertical plate with three-dimensional random characteristics of heterogeneity and roughness. The thermodynamic stable condition was derived by considering the minimum of system free energy. The local stable condition leads to a result similar to that obtained for a plate with two-dimensional characteristics, i.e., the system has many meta-stable states. For the stable condition of the whole system, a relation was derived between macroscopically observed contact angle and the surface characteristics. The product of cosine of the contact angle and liquid surface tension is equal to the energy difference for the liquid to wet the plate by apparent unit area. If the liquid wets the solid surface reversibly, there is only one contact angle observed macroscopically. This fact suggests that the contact angle hysteresis is caused by the irreversible motion when the liquid advances or recedes on the solid surface. The well-known Cassie and Wenzel's contact angles are explained as those corresponding to thermodynamically stable condition when the liquid wets the solid reversibly. (author)

  11. Three-dimensional computer simulation at vehicle collision using dynamic model. Application to various collision types; Rikigaku model ni yoru jidosha shototsuji no sanjigen kyodo simulation. Shushu no shototsu keitai eno tekiyo

    Abe, M.; Morisawa, M. [Musashi Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan); Sato, T. [Keio University, Tokyo (Japan); Kobayashi, K. [Molex-Japan Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    The past study of safety at vehicle collision pays attention to phenomena within the short time from starting collision, and the behavior of rollover is studied separating from that at collision. Most simulations of traffic accident are two-dimensional simulations. Therefore, it is indispensable for vehicle design to the analyze three-dimensional and continuous behavior from crash till stopping. Accordingly, in this study, the three-dimensional behavior of two vehicles at collision was simulated by computer using dynamic models. Then, by comparison of the calculated results with real vehicles` collision test data, it was confirmed that dynamic model of this study was reliable. 10 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  12. FY1998 report on a survey related to joint utilization of welfare device development data using an international network; 1998 nendo kokusai network ni yoru fukushi kiki kaihatsu data no kyodo riyo ni kansuru chosa hokokusho



    A survey was made in relation with joint utilization of welfare device development data using an international network. Developing welfare devices requires data from ergonomic and medical systems, while the cope of the objects is wide, and the kinds are various. For proliferation of welfare devices, system compatibility evaluation including that on using environment is important, including living environments that are different by countries. The present survey has identified how data for aged, handicapped and help-needing persons are accumulated and utilized in research organizations in America and Europe for both of the ergonomic and medical areas. The survey also investigated major academic societies in overseas countries, and collected database and academic network information that support the advanced research and development. At the same time, investigations were also made on organizations and corporations who are moving forward the efficient data utilization. Welfare device and service information providing systems in Japan were investigated to compare them with the trends in other countries. Conceptions and methods were compiled to utilize data internationally and jointly. Database models for device development were considered, and a proposal was made on structuring a research and development supporting database, and the operation method thereof. (NEDO)

  13. Investigation on the dynamic response and strength of very long floating structures by beam modeling on an elastic foundation; Dansei shishojo no hari model ni yoru chodai futai kozo no doteki tawami kyodo tokusei ni kansuru kosatsu

    Tsubogo, T.; Okada, H. [University of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    A very large floating structure was replaced with the beam on an elastic foundation to examine the response characteristics in waves. Another evidence was regularly and numerically given for the basic characteristics of a very large floating body Suzuki found. New information was also obtained. The frequency response is mainly classified into a wave number control area and proper frequency control area when buoyancy elasticity exists. When the buoyancy structure is long and flexible, the proper frequency becomes continuous and the frequency control area becomes a resonance area. In the wave number control area, the Suzuki`s characteristic wave number becomes a control parameter, and various characteristic values are indicated by characteristic wave numbers. The response in the wave number control area becomes quasi-static when the distribution mass of buoyancy is fully small. The design in which the distribution mass of buoyancy is fully large must be avoided. In the displacement amplitude, the mass on the free end is severest. The proper frequency of vertical vibration relatively moves to the high-frequency side when buoyancy is considered as an elastic foundation. Attention must be thus paid to the proper frequency of vibration on the horizontal surface. 9 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  14. Fiscal 1998 overseas geological structure survey. Japan-China joint coal survey Mei-Xian project; 1998 nendo kaigai chishitsu kozo nado chosa hokokusho. Nippon Chugoku sekitan kyodo tansa Mei-Xian project



    Japan-China joint coal survey was made through seismic prospecting by Japanese group and drilling prospecting by Chinese group. Mei-Xian mine property includes coal seams of the Jurassic period, and is covered with the quaternary period stratum without any coal seam. The base of the quaternary period stratum exists at depth of 50-400m, while the coal seams at depth of 300-700m. Among 11 existing seams, the 1st and 5th seams are main objects for prospecting. The 5th seam of 0.2-8.96m (2.95m in average) thick is the most expected important one, distributing all over the mine property. The 5th seam also has branch seams spreading over 2.5km from east to west and 1.2km from south to north in the center part of the mine property. The 1st seam of 0-8.62m (2.90m in average) thick is most thick in the south part of the mine property. The theoretical amount of coal deposits in the whole coal seam is estimated to be nearly 290,000,000t by Chinese group (nearly 50% of it in the 5th seam). That is also estimated to be nearly 346,000,000t by Japanese group (155,000,000t in the 5th seam). Both 1st and 5th seams are composed of sub-bituminous coal. (NEDO)

  15. Electrochemical and chemical dissolution behavior of Zn-Fe alloy coatings and its application to the analysis of Zn-Fe alloy layer. Zn-Fe kei mekki so no bunkyokuter dot yokai kyodo to teiryo bunseki eno oyo

    Tanimoto, S.; Funahashi, Y.; Matsumura, Y. (Kawasaki Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan))


    As surface treated steel sheets, steel sheets with Zn-Fe coatings as well as double-layer steel sheets with Fe-P alloy coatings on Zn-Fe alloy coatings are often used practically. Two treatment methods, which are used to dissolve only alloy layers without dissolving steel sheets in order to find amount and composition of alloy layersr have already been reported. This report investigates the mechanisms of these methods, particularly the mechanisms to control dissolution of steel sheets. In the alkali-dissolution method, Zn-Fe alloy coatings are dissolved in a strong alkaline solution(NaOH-triethanolamine (TEA)-H{sub 2}O{sub 2}). In this case, steel sheets are insoluble because passive films are formed on the surface. In the cathodic polarization electrolysis method, alloy layers are electrolyzed({minus}l.2V) and dissolved in an ammonium nitrate-0-phen electrolyte. At this potential, dissolution of steel sheets can be prevented by the 0-phen films adsorbed on the surface. Consequently, the alkali-dissolution mehtod and the cathodic polarization electrolysis method are applicable to the quantitative analysis of Zn-rich layer (Fe is 40% or less) coatings and that of Fe-rich layer(Fe is 70% or less) coatings, respectively. 18 refs., 8 figs., 7 tabs.

  16. Fiscal 1997 report on the survey of overseas geological structures, `the Tanjungenim Coal Exploration Project between Japan and Indonesia`; 1997 nendo kaigai chishitsu kozonado chosa `Nippon Indonesia sekitan kyodo tansa Tanjungenim project`



    The basic survey for coal mine development was conducted in the Banjarsari area of Tanjungenim, Sumatra, Indonesia. In the survey, Japan deals with ground surface exploration, borehole physical survey, VSP survey and seismic survey, and Indonesia exploratory drilling, topographical mapping, measurement, hydrologic/hydraulic survey, access road formation, etc. The boreholes drilled are 35 in number and 4004m in total drilling length. The borehole physical survey was conducted in all 35 holes. The seismic survey was conducted on 5 traverse lines and in a total length of 10.19km, and the VSP survey in two boreholes. As a result of the survey, it was found out that there existed a large amount of coal reserve in a comparatively shallow area in the south-central part of the Banjarsari area. There exist faults, which has no great effects on the open pit mining. There is a high possibility of developing large-scale coal mines of open pit mining type with a comparatively low soil removing ratio. Concerning the coal quality, the heating value is comparatively low, the latter half of a 4000 kcal/kg level. It can be expected to realize a pit-mouth power plant which is low in coal carrying cost. 129 figs., 28 tabs.

  17. FY 1997 report of survey on the intellectual property in international collaboration research project; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (kokusai kyodo kenkyu ni okeru chiteki zaisanken ni tsuite no chosa hokokusho)



    In promoting international collaboration research project, coordination of the patent system of each country which participants to the project belong to has broad implications in concluding the contract for the project. For example, in Japan, 100% of the patent belongs to the government for contrast or collaboration project with the government. While, in the USA, the patent developed by the private company belongs to the private company even for the contrast project. In Japan, the shared patent can not be transferred to the third party or implemented without agreement with the partner. While, in the USA, the shared patent can be transferred to the third party or implemented without agreement with the partner. Due to such a difference, some projects can not be established by ill coordination of intellectual property even when the meaning of the projects is well understood. In this survey, was investigated the outline of patent systems of major countries to study about what should well balanced treatment of intellectual property in international collaboration research project be in the future. 4 figs., 8 tabs.

  18. Improvement of static strength and fatigue crack propagation resistance in ductile cast iron by austempering from (. alpha. +. gamma. ) phase region. Bubun austenpering shori ni yoru kyujo kokuen chutetsu no seiteki kyodo to hiro kiretsu shinten teiko no kaizen

    Sugiyama, Y.; Asami, K.; Matsuoka, S. (Musashi Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan))


    The spheroidal graphite cast iron is better characterized in resistivity against the abrasion and heat, and economical efficiency than the normal carbon steel. Notice being taken of treatment temperature (800 to 840 centigrade) in the ({alpha}+{gamma}) phase region for the partial austempering treatment condition, able to improve the spheroidal graphite cast iron simultaneously in both statical tensile characteristics and fatigue crack propagation resistance, the present report compared dual phase as-cast material, single phase ferrite and single phase bainite. As a result, the morphological ratio of bainite becomes about 20% to the base morphology at 800 centigrade in treatment temperature. Then with progressively heightening to 815, 830 and 840 centigrade in it, the above ratio so heightens to about 40, 80 and 90%, respectively. The fatigue crack propagation resistance in the low DeltaK (low stress intensity factor) region is heightened by the partial austempering treatment to higher than that of dual phase as-cast material, single phase ferrite and single phase bainite, and most done at 800 centigrade in temperature where the bainite becomes about 20% in morphological ratio. 830 centigrade where the bainite becomes about 80% is judged to be the most appropriate treatment temperature for both the statical tensile characteristics and fatigue crack propagation resistance. 3 refs., 16 figs., 3 tabs.

  19. Effect of hydrogen on transformation characteristics and deformation behavior in a TiNi shape memory alloy. Ti-Ni kei keijo kioku gokin no hentai tokusei oyobi henkei kyodo ni oyobosu suiso no eikyo

    Yoshiya, T.; Katsuta, H.; Ando, H. (Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokyo (Japan)); Den, S. (Irie Koken Co. Ltd., Saitama (Japan))


    Transformation characteristics and deformation behavior of Ti-50.5at%Ni shape memory alloys, which were occluded hydrogen in various levels, were investigated through electrical resistivity measurements, tensile tests, and X-ray diffraction. Specimens were heated in a low pressure range of hydrogen between 1.1 and 78.5kPa for equilibrium, and thus obtained the specimen which occluded hydrogen up to a maximum value of 5.6 mol%. Martensitic transformation starting temperature(Ms) decreased with an increase in hydrogen content. This corresponds to the fact that the improvement of stabilization of the parent phase during cooling due to hydrogen occlusion was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. It also shows that hydrogen has the suppression effect on this deformation. Critical stress for slip deformation changed with hydrogen content so that hydrogen influenced greatly on deformation behavior of the alloys. Lattice softening occurred with hydrogen contents up to 0.032 mol%, and changed into hardening above 0.032 mol%. Hydrides formed with hydrogen contents over 1.9 mol% resulted in reorientation in variants of the R phase and an increase in lattice strains of the parent phase. 29 refs., 14 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Numerical simulation of formation process of transformed zone and R-curve behavior in partially stabilized zirconia. Bubun anteika zirconia no hentai ryoiki keisei katei to R kyokusen kyodo no suchi simulation

    Kageyama, K.; Enoki, M.; Kishi, T. (The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan). Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology)


    The toughening mechanism by stress-induced transformation in partially stabilized zirconia has been proposed by McMeeking,et al. However, their model is not coincident with the experimental data on Ce-TZP by Yu, et al., because it is assumed that the transformation volume fraction of the former model is low and the stress field is formed only at the main crack tip. In this paper, it is considered that the stress field is formed not only at the main crack tip but also by transformed particles with expanded volume. Consequently, numerical simulation of the shape and width of the transformed zone and R-curve behavior in partially stabilized zirconia was carried out. As a result of analyses, the formation process of the transformed zone was divided into two types due to transformation volume fractions. In the case of the low transformation volume fraction, the R-curve behavior agrees with the analysis by McMeeking et al., and the width of the transformed zone does not change even with crack extension. In the case of the high fraction, however, change in the shape and extension of the width of the transformed zone occur discontinuously along the crack extension. It shows a step-like R-curve behavior. 10 refs., 10 figs.

  1. Effects of heating and cooling rate on transformation behaviors in weld heat affected zone of low carbon steel; Teitanso koban no yosetsu netsu eikyobu no hentai kyodo ni oyobosu kanetsu reikyaku sokudo no eikyo

    Kanetsuki, Y.; Katsumata, M. [Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe (Japan)


    Discussions were given on effects of welding heat cycles on transformation behaviors in a weld heat affected zone (HAZ). Test pieces are low-carbon fine ferrite pearlite organization steel sheets, which have been treated with a thermomechanical control process (TMCP). The heat cycling was experimented at a maximum temperature of 1350 degC by using a high-frequency heating coil, heating rates from 0.15 to 200 degC/s, cooling rates from 10 to 80 degC/s at an elevated temperature region (higher than 900 degC), and transformation regions (lower than 900 degC) from 0.5 to 6 degC. A transformation curve in actual welding heat cycling was interpreted from these results. Shear-type inverse transformation (from ferrite to austenite) occurs in a rate region corresponding to the heating rate realized during welding. Austenite containing internal stress and a lower structure formed by this inverse transformation accelerates transformation into grain boundary ferrite (GBF) and acerous ferrite (AF). On the other hand, slow cooling in the elevated temperature region releases the internal stress, restores the lower structure, and suppresses the GBF and AF transformation. The GBF tends to precipitate pearlite in adjacent regions and deteriorates the HAZ tenacity. 17 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Analysis of uniaxial behavior of an Fe-based shape memory alloy under cyclic thermomechanical loading; Netsu rikigakuteki kurikaeshi fuka no moto deno tetsuki keijo kioku gokin no tanjiku henkei/hentai kyodo kaiseki

    Nishimura, F.; Watanabe, N.; Tanaka, K. [Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan)


    The thermomechanical hysteretic behavior of an Fe-based shape memory alloy is phenomenologically analyzed under cyclic uniaxial tensile and compressive loading. The shift of the stress-strain-temperature hysteresis loop, expressed by means of the evolution of the residual strain, is well explained by the theory with some internal variables. The accumulated perfect dislocations formed as a result of the interaction of martensite plates is one of the internal variables introduced here. The back stress is also employed as an internal variable to be the driving force for the shape recovery for the martensite plates. The simulations describe well the hysteretic behavior under the strain and stress-controlled cyclic thermomechanical loading; the shift of a loop, evolution of the residual strain and the change in transformation stress. 21 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  3. International joint development for demonstration by NEDO. `Research for demonstration of a solar power/micro hydro power bybrid system`; NEDO kokusai kyodo jissho kaihatsu `taiyoko micro suiryoku hybrid system jissho kenkyu`



    As part of the international joint development for demonstration by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in fiscal 1997, a `research for demonstration of a solar power/micro hydro power bybrid system` was commissioned. A hybrid system was structured, which consists of a 100-kW class photovoltaic power generating equipment, a 25-kW class micro-hydro power generating equipment, and a battery set to store surplus power. Construction for system installation to perform demonstration operation was launched in Trang Village, Nang Yang Prefecture, Vietnam. This demonstration research is scheduled to execute system design and fabrication as well as the foundation construction for system installation in fiscal 1998, and the installation and adjustment will be completed by some time in the summer of 1999. Thereafter, demonstration operation will be performed for about two years with an objective to evaluate complementary relationship between the photovoltaic power generation and the micro-hydro power generation, the system economy, and electric power quality. (NEDO)

  4. International joint development for demonstration by NEDO. 'Research for demonstration of a solar power/micro hydro power bybrid system'. NEDO kokusai kyodo jissho kaihatsu 'taiyoko micro suiryoku hybrid system jissho kenkyu'


    As part of the international joint development for demonstration by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in fiscal 1997, a 'research for demonstration of a solar power/micro hydro power bybrid system' was commissioned. A hybrid system was structured, which consists of a 100-kW class photovoltaic power generating equipment, a 25-kW class micro-hydro power generating equipment, and a battery set to store surplus power. Construction for system installation to perform demonstration operation was launched in Trang Village, Nang Yang Prefecture, Vietnam. This demonstration research is scheduled to execute system design and fabrication as well as the foundation construction for system installation in fiscal 1998, and the installation and adjustment will be completed by some time in the summer of 1999. Thereafter, demonstration operation will be performed for about two years with an objective to evaluate complementary relationship between the photovoltaic power generation and the micro-hydro power generation, the system economy, and electric power quality. (NEDO)

  5. Force transmission mechanism and fatigue behavior of a pin-connection anchor of hanger for a long-span suspension bridge; Chodai tsurihashi no hanga ropu pin teichakubu hokyo kozo no chikara no dentatsu kiko to hiro kyodo

    Ohashi, H. [Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority, Tokyo (Japan); Fujii, Y. [Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority, Kagawa (Japan); Ono, S. [Construction Method and Machinery Research Inst. of J.C.M.A, Shizuoka (Japan); Miki, C. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    In a long-span suspension bridge having a stiffening truss, a large angular bend of a hanger occurs due to the relative displacement of a main cable and a stiffening girder occurring during a storm. This paper describes the production of a life size specimen with importance attached to a fixed portion of a one-way pin which is in a severe stress condition, and the measurement of the stress condition of a fixing plate and a reinforcing plate near a pin hole of a pin fixing structure, the contact condition of the pin with the pin hole and the bending stress of the pin. The paper further describes a fatigue test conducted in a stormy weather condition. The results of an investigation into two types of contact condition of the pin and pin hole clearly show that the pin is in a one-side contact state during a storm, not in a uniform contact state even in a normal condition due to the unevenness of the inner surface of the pin hole. Therefore, the load of the hanger is not evenly transmitted to the connection plate and reinforcing plate. Consequently, it is necessary to discuss in the future the size and quality of a weld at which the connection plate and reinforcing plate are joined together so as to attain reliable transmission of the load. 4 refs., 14 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. Research report of fiscal 1997. Joint research project on petroleum substituting energy between Japan and the EU; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho. Nichi EU sekiyu daitai energy kanren kyodo kenkyu jigyo



    Four researchers were invited from EU countries to promote R & D of petroleum substituting energy in Japan, and the joint research was made in institutes of Agency of Industrial Science and Technology related to each theme for 50 days. On the research on deep geothermal prospecting based on volcanic halocarbon group, it was showed that halocarbon discharged from volcanic or hydrothermal system is an important window to survey activities within the earth. On the research on catalyst for hydrogenation of coal-derived liquid, XPS data was reported, and some preliminary conclusions were obtained. On the research on oxide system anode material for Li secondary cells, a method for improving the state of host to ion moving in 1-D to 3-D networks by diffraction method was showed. In particular, the method was effective to offer electronically sensitive environment to moving ion system. On the research on hydro-dechlorination of hydrocarbon halide, the theme related to environmental measures against waste hydrocarbon halide (depletion of the ozone layer) was studied. 83 refs., 32 figs., 20 tabs.

  7. Fiscal 1997 report on a feasibility survey of cooperation in relation to the joint implementation activities in Southeast Asian countries (6 nations); 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (Tonan Asia chiikikoku (rokkakoku) ni okeru kyodo jisshi katsudo kanren no kyoryoku kanosei chosa)



    In the COP3 Conference on Global Warming held in Kyoto in December 1997, the framework on greenhouse gases was agreed in discussions comprehensively made among Japan, the U.S. and the E.U. As a result, it is for 6 gases including CO2 and methane, and total emissions in developed countries are to be reduced 5% at least during 2008-2012 from the 1990 level. Target of each country is determined by gaps, and Japan`s reduction target is 6%. Therefore, to pass the numerical target agreed, it is necessary to take measures such as rationalization of the energy use by energy saving, etc. in the country and also measures such as promotion of the greenhouse gas emission control in developing countries. Accordingly, for the future development of NEDO`s AIJ project, a possibility of cooperation in the joint implementation was surveyed such as the state of greenhouse gas emissions of countries which are objects of GAP in Southeast Asian countries and neighboring countries, policies of the countries after the COP3 agreement, technological transfer for the emission control, etc. Countries for survey are Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar. 21 figs., 15 tabs.

  8. Calculation of oil production performance of the large giant oil fields in the world: based upon oil fields depletion model; Yuden gentai model ni yoru sekai no ogata kyodai yuden no seisan kyodo ni kansuru ichishisan

    Nomoto, S. [Japan Oil Development Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Fujita, K. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)


    Data for large giant oil fields with minable reserves of one billion barrels or more were accumulated to structure a new oil field depletion model and estimate production in each oil field. As a result of analyzing events recognized in large giant oil fields, necessity was made clear to correct the conventional oil depletion model. The newly proposed model changes definitions on the depletion period of time, depletion rate, build-up production (during a time period in which production rate increases) and production in a plateau (a time period in which production becomes constant). Two hundred and twenty-five large giant oil fields were classified into those in a depletion period, an initial development phase, and a plateau period. The following findings were obtained as a result of trial calculations using the new model: under an assumption of demand growth rate of 1.5%, oil field groups in the initial development phase will reach the plateau production in the year 2002, and oil fields in the depletion period will continue production decline, hence the production amount after that year will slow down. Because the oil field groups in the plateau period will shift into decline in 2014, the overall production will decrease. The year 2014 is about ten years later than the estimation given recently by Campbell. Undiscovered resources are outside these discussions. 11 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Interface physical chemistry of enamels (Part 1). Examination of cobalt and nickel behevior and adhesion of enamel; Hourou ni kansuru kaimen butsuri kagakuteki kenkyu (1). Micchakusei ni oyobosu cobalt to nickel no kyodo no kento

    Shimizu, T.; Shirasaki, M.; Kozuka, T. [Chiba Inst. of Tech., Narashino (Japan)] Zhaohua, J. [Harbin Institute of Technology Harbin (China). Applied Chemisty] Kawashima, T. [Ikebukuro Horo Kogyo Co. Ltd., Saitama (Japan)


    Observation of the enameles interface with SEM, EPMA and ESCA, and measurement of adhesive strength of the enameles were done. Simultaneously, cobalt and nickel in the enamel layer examined a given influence at the interface and the adhesive strength. As a result, the relationship between iron-oxygen, cobalt-oxygen and nickel-oxygen, at the reaction of enamel process was explained by the interface thermodynamics. Furthermore, characteristics and differences of reaction of cobalt and nickel were clarified. (1) The adhesive ability of Co-enamel was larger than that of Ni-enamel. (2) The adhesive behavior of cobalt changes at about 730degC, but that of nickel remains unchanges. Consequently, cobalt has an adhesion with the high temperature (over 730degC) but nickel does not have an influence on the temperature. (3) At high firing temperature, the Co-enamel can create FeO easily compared with Ni-enamel, and dissolve Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} of steel surface into glass. (4) Cobalt spreads for a vertical direction of interface, but nickel tends deposition on the interface surface. And the diffusion capability of cobalt into the steel was considerably greater than that of nickel. 18 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs.

  10. Heat transfer behavior in non-uniform electric field. 1st Report. Observation of boiling phenomena by Schlieren method; Fukin`itsu denbanai no netsudentatsu kyodo. 1. Schlieren ho ni yoru futto gensho no kansatsu

    Nei, H.; Kagawa, T. [Toshiba Corp., Tokyo (Japan)


    This paper reports the result of observation using the Schlieren method on how temperature boundary layer changes when an electric field is applied in boiling heat transfer. The experiment used a fine nichrome wire in water as a heat generator. The electric field was built by placing a nickel rod as an electrode placed obliquely above and parallel with the heat generator, and applying electric potential to the electrode. The temperature boundary layer produced near the heat transfer face is disturbed by the electric field. The stronger the electric field, the more vigorous the disturbance. The turbulence in this boundary layer is relatively regular, and observed as stripes of temperatures. The stronger the electric field, the more the number of the stripes in the temperature boundary layer, and the higher the stripe density in the axial direction of the heat generator where the temperature difference appears. Boiling bubbles, occurring when the electric field is applied, are kicked out of the temperature boundary layer that varies due to the electric field force, and the bubbles grow thereat. The turbulence is caused by the low-temperature high-density liquid impinging the heat transfer face perpendicularly as a result of the electric field force, and changing its place vigorously with low-density liquid in the boundary layer. 6 refs., 16 figs.

  11. Behavior of cooling jet in the lateral injection in film cooling. 1st Report. ; Time-averaged velocity and temperature field. Span hoko ni fukidasu makureikyaku ni okeru reikyaku kuki no kyodo. 1. ; Jikan heikin sokudoba to ondoba

    Uchiyama, A. (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)); Yamamoto, M. (Toyota Motor Corp., Aichi (Japan)); Shizawa, T.; Honami, S. (Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering)


    In order to improve the gas turbine blade film cooling technology, this paper elucidates flow field and temperature field of secondary air blown out into a span direction; derives the temperature distribution on the wall face; and describes cooling air behavior in film cooling. The wall face temperature distribution measured with a temperature measuring system using liquid crystal has shown relatively good correspondence with the temperature distribution in the vicinity of the wall face as measured by a two-wire probe. Film cooling by blowing air into the span direction has shown good attachment of the secondary air onto the wall face in the secondary air blowing direction. However, in the opposite direction to the air blowing direction, air has attached to the wall face only poorly because of vortex movements of the primary air due to being dragged in. The secondary air has departed from the wall face as the blow-out ratio has been increased, resulting in drop in the cooling efficiency. A 'Z' direction position that the temperature of the secondary air shows a maximum value differs from a 'Z' direction position having a peak in the wall face cooling efficiency, the difference having become more noticeable with increasing blow-out ratio. A region with lower cooling efficiency due to rolling-in of the primary air exists near the blow-out hole, where rolling-in of the primary air is recognized prominently as the blow-out ratio has been increased. 8 refs., 6 figs.

  12. Field observation on the behavior of falling rock. 1st report. Study on the rock fall along a slope; Firudo ni okeru rakuseki no rakka kyodo. 1. Ganban shamen no rakuseki ni kansuru kenkyu

    Ujihira, M. [Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Hosoya, S.; Ogawa, K.; Takagai, N. [Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). Graduate School


    A tendency of gradual extinction of disasters caused by the breaking of loose stones and falling rocks in limestone mines and quarries is brought by the improvement of safety control against slope accidents in these years. In this study, in order to examine the accumulation of data contributing to the countermeasure against falling rock in strip mines, the movement of rocks in an open-shooting quarry were shot by video cameras and analysed to clarify the behaviors of falling rock. The following results are obtained. It is found by observing falling rocks from a slope side that the value of falling velocity is getting smaller in an order of block-shaped, tabular and stick-shaped rocks. In the case of tabular rock, there is a tendency that the velocity distribution has two peaks. Not only the falling velocity but also the rolling velocity of block-shaped rock is smaller than those of block-shaped and tabular rock. Further, values near the supremum of actually measured values can be given by a rolling velocity equation wherein the shape of falling rock is assumed as orbicular. If setting it forth as a premise, said equation is possible to be used for estimating rolling velocity. 24 refs., 20 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Strength evaluation for modified 12Cr steel and A286 steel of USC turbine rotor material. Chocho rinkaiatsu turbine rotorzai kairyo 12Cr ko oyobi A286 ko no kyodo tokusei hyoka

    Ogata, Takashi; Nitta, Akito.; (Central Research Inst. of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo, Japan)


    For candidate materials of the ultra super critical (USC) turbine rotor in a coal fired power plant, the modified 12Cr steel and A286 steel are subjects of the study under the first step steam condition (316 atg, 593 centigrade) and under the second step steam condition (350 atg, 650 centigrade), respectively. The strength evaluation tests of the modified 12Cr steel untreated material and aging (630 centigrade, 4860 hours) material I were conducted previously, and obtained a prospect that the material can be applied to the first step turbine rotor. In this report, the strength evaluation tests and microstructure observation of the long period aging (630 centigrade, 8190 hours) material II, and the strength tests of the A286 steel have been conducted. As a result, it was found that the modified 12Cr steel is a stable material in the microstructure and has enough strength characteristics to apply the first step rotor, and the A286 steel also can be applied to the second step rotor. 9 refs., 27 figs., 8 tabs.

  14. Finite element analysis of the stress[approximately]deformation behavior considering the execution procedures during shield work. Yugen yosoho ni yoru shield koji no seko katei wo koryoshita jiban kyodo kaiseki

    Akagi, H.; Komiya, K. (Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan). School of Science and Engineering)


    A technique to analyze the ground behavior in shield tunnel work by use of the finite element method in consideration of the construction process is suggested. It is shown that the analysis of excavation of a shield machine with use of the force of jack propulsion is possible by modelling the excavating situation of the shield machine by arranging excavating elements in the assumed region where the ground is disturbed by excavation in front of the cutting face of the shield machine and re-dividing the excavating element and ground element for each calculation step. Succeedingly it is described that a shield work made in alluvial cohesive clay in the suburbs of Tokyo was applied with three-dimensional elasto-plastic finite element analysis which models the situation that the shield machine is driven by jack propulsion force while taking the ground in front of the shield machine into the machine, and, as a result of this, a result of calculation close to the observed results in the construction was obtained concerning the situation of displacement of ground and varying conditions of the posture of the shield machine and the hydraulic pressure of gap. 14 refs., 15 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Simulation of engine auxiliary drive V-belt slip motion. Part 1. Development of belt slip model; Engine hoki V belt slip kyodo no simulation. 1. Belt slip model no kaihatsu

    Kurisu, T. [Mazda Motor Corp., Hiroshima (Japan)


    V-belts are widely used for driving auxiliary components of an engine. Inadequet design of such belt system sometimes results in troubles such as belt squeak, side rubber separation and/or bottom rubber crack. However, there has been no design tools which can predict belt slip quantitatively. The author developed a motion simulation program of Auxiliary Drive V-Belt System considering belt slip. The program showed good prediction accuracy for belt slip motion. This paper describes the simulation model. 1 ref., 12 figs.

  16. Research and development of utilization technology of solar thermal energy system for industrial and other use. International joint technology development for solar energy utilization systems; Sangyoyo nado solar system jitsuyoka gijutsu kaihatsu. Taiyo energy riyo system kokusai kyodo gijutsu kaihatsu

    Takita, M. [New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Tokyo (Japan)


    Described herein are the results of the FY1994 research program for international joint technology development for solar energy utilization systems. The joint study with an Indonesian research institute takes a model of lumber drying plant for the design and feasibility study. All the parts it needs are technically available in Indonesia, except carbon fiber sheets and electronic devices for controlling purposes. The drying cost is higher than that of a plant which procures charge-free wood fuel, but lower than that of a plant which procures fuel at 30$/t. A cacao drying plant model is also studied. The feasibility study shows that the initial investment for the blowing-up model is much higher by 60% to 100% than that for the conventional plant. Its fuel cost is lower by 11% than that of residual oil but 27% higher than that of wood. 4 figs.

  17. Fiscal 1997 survey report on the jointly executed/promoted basic survey project (the jointly executed activity Japan Program). Feasibility survey for CO2 reduction by deregulating heavy traffic at specified crossings in Bangkok, Thailand; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (kyodo jisshi suishin kiso chosa jigyo (kyodo jisshi katsudo Japan program)). Taikoku Bangkok no tokutei kosaten ni okeru kotsu jutai kanwa ni yoru CO2 sakugen kanosei chosa



    The monetary crisis in Thailand with the baht drop in July 1997 as a beginning rapidly worsened the Thai economy. With it, the number of automobiles sold sharply declined, and automobile manufacturers were also heavily damaged as seen in the temporary discontinued production, etc. Under such economic situation, a discussion was made on execution of the project with the Thai Automotive Industry Association (TAIA), a partner at the Thai side. As a result, agreement was made on the positioning of the project, role sharing, and selection of measures against heavy traffic as follows: Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) conducts a feasibility study, proposal of a construction plan and confirmation of effects, and bears the costs. TAIA bears the execution and cost of construction (Due to the worsened Thai economy, JAMA paid almost all the construction expenses). In the light of the economic situation in Thailand, `improvement of the signal control system` was selected as an execution candidate, which has the highest cost effect among the measures against heavy traffic. In the future, the application, registration and execution are done for joint activities for the project. 49 figs., 59 tabs.

  18. Basic survey project for joint implementation in fiscal 1998. Study of BFG mono-firing gas turbine combined cycle power plant application for the steel mill of China; 1998 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa. Chugoku seitetsu kaishamuke koro gas sensho combined cycle hatsuden setsubi



    Discussions were given on application to the steel mills in China of a 1100-degree C class high-efficiency combined cycle power plant (CCPP) exclusively firing blast furnace gas developed jointly by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan and ABB Corporation of Switzerland. The CCPP can utilize the energy possessed by a fuel without waste from high temperature zones to low temperature zones, being capable of attaining high efficiency that cannot be achieved with the single cycle. The CCPP has the efficiency exceeding that of the BTGP by about 10% or more in absolute value. The investigations and discussions were given on Shougang General Corporation, Anshan Steel Corporation and Wuhan Steel Corporation. As a result, in the plan for the power plant of Shougang General Corporation on which both parties have agreed, the project implementation can be expected to result in electric power generation of 110 MW in annual average, factory air supply of about 100 tons per hour in annual average, and annual reduction of carbon dioxide of 841 kilo tons. Wuhan Steel and Anshan Steel will require implementation of further detailed investigation, but the possibility of realization is considered high (NEDO)

  19. Research report for fiscal 1998. Basic research for promoting joint implementation for CO{sub 2} reduction at Keio University; 1998 nendo chosa hokokusho. Keio Gijuku Daigaku ni yoru CO{sub 2} sakugen no tame no kyodo jisshi suishin kiso chosa



    A research is conducted into China's current problems of energy-related environments, and studies are made for the assessment of its potentials for greenhouse gas reduction, such as CO2 from coal, and for the prevention of environmental pollution in urban areas. By the survey of the current states of the supply and demand of energy and heat in China, and in Beijin, it is found that fuel conversion, which means the disuse of coal in this case, is necessary for a success in SO2 measures in the heat supply department. Since the rate of concentrated heat supply undertaken by heat supply businesses is low, it is inferred that potentials for CO2 reduction are quite high in this department. Concerning technological problems about conversion from coal to natural gas and heat supply, deliberation is made on a scenario covering how to approach the energy demand model, combustion in the natural gas boiler, and the home heating fuel. In discussing air pollution in China, the difficulty known as transboundary air pollution is taken up. It is concluded that conversion from coal to natural gas or coal disuse will serve effectively the purposes of energy saving, SO2 reduction, and CO2 reduction. (NEDO)

  20. Formation of reacted interfacial zone and improvement of bonding strength in aluminum alloy clad stainless steel and aluminum alloy clad copper plateusing explosive welding technique. Al gokin no stainless ko oyobi do eno bakuhatsu assetsu ni okeru kaimen hannoso no keisei to setsugo kyodo

    Hokamoto, K.; Fujita, M. (Kumamoto University, Kumamoto (Japan). Faculty of Engineering); Izuma, T. (Asahi Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))


    Explosive welding experiments using intermediate materials have been performed on combinations of aluminum alloy with stainless steel, and aluminum alloy with copper that are difficult of explosive welding with an ordinary method. The experiments have investigated interfacial reaction layers and bonding strength. The drive plates have used four kinds of aluminum alloy plates with a thickness of 4 mm and a base material of stainless steel (SUS 304) or copper having a thickness of 9 mm. Investigation has been given on how the interfacial structure and the bonding strength change as a result of using intermediate materials of the similar kind with the base material. The composition in the generated reaction layers has higher aluminum concentration than that has been predicted. This is because more aluminum component has been dissolved because of transformation having converged on the side of the aluminum alloy with smaller transformation resistance. Use of the intermediate materials can reduce energy of collision given on the interface, thus controlling the formation of reactive layers on the interface. This has improved the bonding strength largely, leading to a possibility of fabricating clad materials that have good interface properties. 10 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  1. Improvement of the bonding strength of Al/Cu transition joint made by single-shot explosive welding technique using Cu intermediate plate. Cu chukanzai wo mochiita doji bakusetsuho ni yoru Al/Cu izai tsugite no setsugo kyodo no kaizen

    Izuma, T.; Niwatsukino, T. (Asahi Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)); Hokamoto, K.; Fujita, M. (Kumamoto University, Kumamoto (Japan))


    Improvement of the bonding strength of Al/Cu transition joints was tried by single-shot explosive welding technique using a Cu intermediate plate (Cu-IP). As the preliminary experiment, a relatively thin Al alloy plate (4 mm in thickness) and Cu plate (2.5 mm) were bonded by explosive welding to study the effect of bonding conditions on interfacial zone (IZ) structure and bonding strength. As a result, the thickness of IZs increased with an explosive mass involving reduction of bonding strengths, and the use of Cu-IP was effective in reducing the energy applied to IZ because the energy contributed to formation of IZ. As the fabrication experiment of practical Al/Cu transition joints, a pure Al plate and pure Cu plate of 20 mm in thickness and Cu-IPs of 1.0 and 1.5 mm were bonded by explosive welding. As a result, the IZ thickness was 20-70 [mu]m and 5 [mu]m without/with Cu-IP, respectively, and the joint showed the same tensile strength as the base Al plate, suggesting possible production of practical Al/Cu electrical transition joints. 8 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  2. Study of interaction of a pair of longitudinal vortices with a horseshoe vortex around a wing. 2nd Report. Behavior of the interacting flow field controlled passively; Tsubasa mawari no bateikei uzu to tateuzu no kansho ni kansuru kenkyu. 2. Judo seigyosareta nagareba no kyodo

    Hara, H. [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Shizawa, T.; Honami, S. [Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    This paper presents the behavior of a passively controlled horseshoe vortex at the root of NACA0024 wing which is established on a turbulent boundary layer, A pair of vortex generators of half delta wing is installed upstream of the wing. The flow field of the optimally controlled horseshoe vortex both in case of Common Flow Up (CFUC) and Common Flow Down Configuration (CFDC) is carefully investigated by an X-array hot-wire. In case of CFUC, the horseshoe vortex is not shifted from the wing, because the longitudinal vortex is restrained. The interacted vortex presents a circular profile, in a optimally controlled case. In case of CFDC, the interacted vortex that has strong vorticity by the pairing process is shifted away from the wing. Then, the high momentum fluid flow penetrates between the wing and the vortex. (author)

  3. Fiscal 2000 project of inviting proposals for international joint research - invitation for international proposal (power generation No.15). Achievement report on development of guided boring system for buried power network; 2000 nendo kokusai kyodo kenkyu teian kobo jigyo - kokusai teian kobo (hatsuden No.15). Denryokumo chichuka hikaisaku kanro kensetsu koho no kaihatsu seika hokokusho



    What impedes the popularization of the guided boring system is the functional insufficiency of the drilling position measuring method. For the purpose of properly dealing with the situation, efforts are made to develop a new drilling position measuring method which is highly reliable even when there exist previously buried pipes or electromagnetic noise. Activities are conducted in the two sections of (1) the study of an drilling position measuring method not to be easily affected by magnetic noise and (2) the study of a method for detecting previously buried objects. In section (1), based on the technology of a drilling position measuring system (locator) which is currently the most popular among horizontal drilling systems, a signal processing technology capable of reducing the effect of noise and a new position measuring method are contrived, and it is proved by the use of an experimenting system that they work effectively. In section (2), with attention paid to the small horizontal drilling device, an underground radar technology with the radar probing into the ground from the ground surface or from a drilling head is studied as an effective and easy-to-use method for detecting previously buried steel pipes. (NEDO)

  4. Basic investigation on promotion of joint implementation in fiscal 2000. Investigations on modification and improvement project for Potoshani district heating and heat supplying facilities in Romania; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Romania koku Potoshani chiiki danbo netsukyokyu setsubi no kaishu oyobi kaizen keikaku chosa



    Discussions have been given on the improvement and modification project intended of saving energies and reducing greenhouse gas emission in the Potoshani district heating and heat supplying facilities in Romania. Thirty years have elapsed since the building of the Potoshani district heating and heat supplying facilities, whereas noticeable energy loss has occurred due to aged deterioration, such as thermal efficiency decrease, performance decrease, and hot water leakage due to piping corrosion. The present project is intended to improve the heat production and power generation facility efficiencies, and reduce the heat loss in heat transportation and distribution to less than 5%. The improvements will be implemented by replacing and rehabilitating the existing boilers, replacing the turbine generators, and replacing the transportation and distribution pipelines and heat exchangers. As a result of the discussions, the present project is estimated to result in annual fuel conservation of 35,820 tons of crude oil equivalent, and annual reduction of the greenhouse gas emission of 110,835 t-CO2. The total amount of the initial investment for the project would be 11.369 billion yen, and the payback period would be 12 years. The project will produce profit of 31.358 billion yen in 20 years, thus the project is financially feasible. (NEDO)

  5. FY 2000 report on the basic survey to promote Joint Implementation, etc. Environmental improvement and energy conservation measures in Pakistan Steel, a state-run enterprise in Pakistan; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Pakistan koku kokuei Pakistan Steel ni okeru kankyo kaizen sho energy taisaku



    For the state-run plant of Pakistan Steel in Pakistan, an investigational study was conducted on energy conservation and reduction in greenhouse effect gas emission. In the project, energy conservation technology on the following was tried to be introduced: coke oven coal moisture control (CMC) equipment, sintering cooler waste heat recovery equipment, blast furnace hot stove waste heat recovery equipment, blast furnace pulverized coal injection (PCI) equipment, blast furnace top pressure recovery turbine (TRT) equipment, and hot strip mill heating furnace regenerative type burner equipment. Further, in the project on environmental improvement, studies were made on coke oven environmental improvement and blast furnace cast house dust collection. The results of the study indicated that economical effects of the energy conservation project were considered as low because the unit price of energy of Pakistan Steel is low. However, substitution of the low-priced domestic coal for the imported coal has a good effect, and energy conservation in the TRT power generation and by the regenerative type burner produces a highly economical effect. Therefore, Pakistan Steel also agrees to positively promote the project. Moreover, concerning the environmental improvement project, it was considered that the necessity of the project is high in the relation of the coke oven aimed at reducing emissions of toxic substances. (NEDO)

  6. FY 2000 report on the basic survey to promote Joint Implementation, etc. Survey for improvement of the district heating plant (No. 48) in the Didi-Digomi section; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Didi-Digomi chiku chiiki danbo plant (No.48) kaizen chosa



    An investigational study was conducted on the project for energy conservation and reduction in greenhouse effect gas emission at the existing district heating plant in Tbilisi City, Georgia. In the project, the following are conducted for the district heating plants in the Didi-Digomi section and Saburtalo section: renewal/higher efficiency of boiler equipment, adoption of cogeneration using gas turbine, improvement of hot water pipeline and improvement of equipment at heat users. As a result of the study, one plan for cogeneration of 2 units x 6MW class in each section was good in terms of economical efficiency and expenses vs. effects, and the other plan for cogeneration of 17 units (8 units and 9 units) x 6MW class was good in terms of the generated output and regional needs. The amount of energy conservation to be made by the former plan totaled 22,678 toe/y in both sections. The amount of greenhouse effect gas reduction is 70,170 t-CO2/y. The internal earning rate is 1.707% in the Didi-Digomi section and 2.249% in the Saburtalo section. The project profit is lower than the initial investment cost, and therefore, it is necessary to consider the profit from the CO2 emission right. (NEDO)

  7. FY 2000 report on the basic survey to promote Joint Implementation, etc. Project for improvement of efficiency of the power generation/desalination plant in Aktau City; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Aktau shi hatsuden zosui plant koritsu kaizen jigyo



    For the purpose of conserving energy and reducing greenhouse effect gas emission, feasibility study was conducted for improvement of efficiency of power generation/desalination facilities at MAEK Energy Center, Aktau City, Manghistau, Kazakhstan. Presently, the main facilities are the conventional natural gas fired power plant, evaporation type seawater desalination facility, hot water production facility, etc. In the project, introduction of the following was planned to be made: cogeneration facility composed of two units of 1,100-degree C class gas turbine and reverse osmosis (RO) type desalination facility for drinking water production with a capacity of 50,000 t/d. As a result of the study, the energy conservation amount in this project was 151,900-165,400 toe/y in power generation facility, and the greenhouse effect gas reduction amount was 355,000-387,000 t-CO2/y in power generation facility and 268,000 t-CO2/y in desalination facility. The construction cost and operational cost of the plant were 45.7 billion yen and 2.8 billion yen/y. In the economical estimation, ROI and ROE before tax were 7.4 and 34.8, respectively, which were considered to be appropriate values as social infrastructure related conditions. (NEDO)

  8. Basic investigation on promotion of joint implementation in fiscal 2000. Efficiency improvement project for district heat supplying plants in Dailian City in China; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Chugoku/Dailian shi chiiki netsu kyokyu plant kokoritsu kaizen project



    Investigations and discussions have been given on energy saving possibilities at two medium-sized heat and power supplying plants in the city of Dailian in China. The project will improve the operation methods of the heat and power plants so that the energy cost can be minimized, and attempt to improve the boiler heat efficiency and save the energy by means of heat recovery and utilization. The draft modification plan for energy conservation has planned operation optimization for energy conservation, control of boiler operation under variable pressure, modification of the external boiler heat converter, use of inverters for the large capacity motors for boilers, and recovery of heat from the boiler blow-down water. In the analysis, models were structured from the operation data, and the effects of applying the energy saving measures were derived from simulation. As a result, the energy saving effect was found to be about 13,000 tons at the Chunhai plant and about 7,000 tons at the Pulandian plant annually (converted to oil). The reduction in greenhouse gas emission was found to be about 40,000 tons at the Chunhai plant and about 20,000 tons at the Pulandian plant annually. The number of years for investment payback is about 4.1 years at the Chunhai plant, and about 4.9 years at the Pulandian plant, wherein good profitability can be estimated. (NEDO)

  9. Measurement of behavior of secondary sealing areas of rotary engine apex seals. ; Two-piece nonsplit and three-piece slanted horizontal split types. Apex seal no dainiji kimitsumen no kyodo no sokutei. ; Joge ittaigata nihen oyobi joge nanamebunkatsugata 3 hen seal

    Matsuura, K.; Terasaki, K.; Yamane, K. (Aoyama University, Tokyo (Japan). School of Science and Engineering)


    Behavior of secondary sealing areas has been measured with two displacement sensors and an underseal pressure sensor, using an overhanging eccentric shaft-type single-rotor research engine equipped with a packaged multichannel slip ring. For the experiment, two-piece nonsplit type and three-piece slanted horizontal split type apex seals were used. The two-piece seal was tilted to the leading and trailing sides of a seal slot during its movement along the rotor housing surface and vibrated on the top end of the leading side of the slot as a fulcrum after the shift from the trailing side to the leading side of the slot. On the other hand, for the three-piece seal, its top part was tilted in all operating conditions, but its bottom part maintained effective area contact with the side of the slot under light load conditions up to medium engine speeds. The working chamber pressure was induced in the underseal in the same manner as the case with the two-piece type. 6 refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  10. FY 1999 report on the results of the joint demonstrative project on the environmentally friendly type coal utilization system. Demonstrative project on the low grade coal combustion system - Zhejiang Huba Group Co.; 1999 nendo kankyo chowa gata sekitan riyo system kyodo jissho jigyo. Teihin'i tan nensho system ni kakawaru jissho jigyo (Yoko Koha shudan koshi)



    The demonstrative project on the low grade coal combustion system that makes the reduction of sulfur oxide emissions possible was conducted jointly with China taking a positive attitude to the introduction of the low grade coal combustion technology, and the FY 1999 results were reported. As to the low grade coal combustion system, low grade coal is burned using the circulating fluidized bed boiler which burns coal by uniform mixture/circulation of coal and particles (limestone, ash, etc.) In this fiscal year, the design/manufacture were made of electric instrumentation equipment, electrostatic precipitator, boiler structuring accessory equipment, etc. Further, by supervisors sent to China, technical guidance/supervision were given for the installation work and trial operation. As to the training of operators, by engineers sent to China, training/guidance were given using a leaflet of the gist of trial operation, explanatory leaflet of handling, leaflet of the gist of maintenance/inspection, etc. The test to confirm boiler efficiency was made on September 27, 1999, and confirmed the predetermined performance. The demonstrative test was conducted continuously till March 2000 and demonstrated the practical applicability of the low grade coal combustion and reduction in environmental loads using the circulating fluidized bed boiler. (NEDO)

  11. Fiscal 1998 result report on the support and diffusion projects on introduction of environment-friendly coal utilization systems. Fiscal 1998 joint demonstration project for the CMG recovery/utilization system; 1998 nendo kankyo chowagata sekitan riyo system donyu shien nado fukyu taisaku jigyo seika hokokusho. 1998 nendo CMG kaishu riyo system kyodo jissho jigyo



    This report is the summary of the basic plan for the demonstration project for the CMG (coal mine gas) recovery/utilization system conducted by Tiefa Coal Mining Administration in 1998-2002. The project site is Tiefa mining property, and the plan includes the introduction program of Japanese technology for the CMG recovery/utilization system. The gas recovery plan was prepared for both Daxing and Daming One mines. The technology and facility introduced from Japan are as follows: 300m middle- class horizontal gas drainage drilling technology and facility, gas transfer technology and facility from gas drainage holes, fly ash sealing and sealed gas drainage technology and facility, measurement for gas transfer pipes, automatic sealed gas drainage technology and centralized monitoring, and automatic gas drainage facility. Recovered gas is supplied to Tiefa city and Tieling city as city gas, and this plan includes the gas supply facility to Tieling city. Gas is recovered from all coal mines in Tiefa mining property. A gas utilization rate of 32%, reduction of gas emission of 0.1% at mining faces, and reduction of gas drainage drilling lengths are estimated. (NEDO)

  12. Macroscopic flame structure in a premixed-spray burner. 1st Report. formation and disappearance processes of droplet clusters and two-stage flame structure; Yokongo funmu kaen no kyoshiteki nensho kyodo. 1. Yuteki cluster no keisei shoshitsu katei to niju kaen kozo

    Tsushima, S.; Saito, H.; Akamatsu, F.; Katsuki, M. [Osaka University, Osaka (Japan)


    In an attempt to elucidate formation and disappearance processes of droplet clusters in spray flames, simultaneous measurements consisting of laser tomography and flame chemiluminescence detection are applied to a premixed-spay burner. The smart combination of measurements provides time-series data-set serving for better understanding of spray flames, which essentially contains inhomogeneity in space and time. It is revealed that referential flame propagation through a premixed-spray stream plays a significant role in creating droplet clusters and that droplet clusters formed in this manner evanesces from their outer boundaries. Those observation confirms that the premixed-spray flame comprises both premixed-mode flame in upstream region and diffusion-mode flame in downstream region, respectively, i.e, two-stage flame structure previously reported for spray flames stabilized in either counter or stagnation flows. (author)

  13. Survey report for fiscal 1998 on research and development and its staff training. Towards cooperation among Japan, Australia and developing nations in Asia; Kenkyu kaihatsu to sono jinzai ikusei 1998 nendo chosa hokokusho. Nippon, Australia oyobi Asia no hatten tojokoku no kyodo wo mezashite



    This paper makes an analysis on the characteristics of R and D concerning Australia, one of the core nations in the cooperation, on the basis of the idea that 'establishment of new comparative superiority through cooperation' can be realized by joint work among Japan, Australia and Asian nations. In Australia, it was found that R and D was often promoted through a new idea obtained by recruiting heterogeneous persons and communicating mutually internally. It was also found that in Australia an affinity exists to such persons of different nature. Accordingly, Australia was presumably quite suitable for the place to bring up the persons of developing nations. On the basis of these analytical results, proposal was made to promote three programs; namely, preparation of a data base for R and D organizations and the staff, commencement of a partnership program, and opening of a needs searching conference. (NEDO)

  14. FY 2000 report on the basic survey to promote Joint Implementation, etc. Project on methane gas recovery use in the Donetsk coal field/coal mine; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Donetsk tanden tanko methane gas kaishu riyo keikaku



    For the purpose of getting petroleum substitution energy and reducing greenhouse effect gas emission, an investigational study was carried out of the project for methane gas recovery/utilization at the Donbassa coal mine in Ukraine. At the Donbassa coal mine, degassing by test boring is being conducted to reduce the gas emission at coal face for safety, but most of the gas is discharged into the air. In this project, the following were studied: degassing boring/gas induction from bore hole/measurement in gas induction pipe, gas recovery system combined with gas induction in flyash, and installation/operation of gas engine power generation facilities (1,710kW x 7 units) with exhaust heat recovery boiler using the recovered methane gas as fuel. The results obtained were the petroleum substitution amount of 31,000 toe/y and the amount of greenhouse effect gas reduction of 480,000 t/y. In the economical estimation, the initial investment amount was 3 billion yen, the profitability of the total investment used was 2.9%, and the internal earning rate was 6.5%. (NEDO)

  15. Report on investigations in fiscal 2000 on the basic investigation on promotion of joint implementation. Project to utilize coal bed methane gas for power generation in Poland; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Poland tanko methane gas hatsuden riyo keikaku



    Having the Mining Industry Restructuring Public Corporation located in the city of Katowice, Poland as the counterpart, a feasibility study has been executed on a project to utilize coal bed gas for power generation. Selected for the study are the 'Budryk coal mine' owned by KWK 'Budryk' Coal Company and the 'Pniowek coal mine' owned by Jastrzebie Coal Company. Since the Pniowek coal mine can utilize the whole quantity of recovered methane by 2001, the Budryk coal mine was selected as the object of the project. As a result of the trial calculation on the economy when the new gas power plant is installed in the Budryk coal mine, the energy substitution effect was found to equal to a power amount at transmission terminal of 6 MWh/year. Furthermore, when proliferation effect is taken into consideration, an enormous effect can be expected if new coal mines are developed and the existing cola mines will go further deeper, because the Silesian coal mine presently has the coal resource quantity of 57 billion tons and the annual gas discharge quantity of 750 million m{sup 3}. Therefore, if the technologies to recover, manage and utilize the gas are established at the Budryk coal mine, a large effect leading to an aspiration would be expected under the current situation of the structural reorganization under which the Polish coal companies are placed. (NEDO)

  16. Effect of reversion treatment on strength and ductility of low C, Cr-Ni martensitic stainless steel with high resistance to weld softening. Yosetsu nanka teiko no takai teitanso Cr-Ni maruten saito kei stainless ko no kyodo, ensei ni oyobosu gyaku hentai shori no eikyo

    Igawa, T.; Takemoto, T.; Uematsu, Y. (Nisshin Steel Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan). Steel R and D Lab.); Hoshino, K. (Nisshin Steel Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))


    Like the stainless steel and the stainless steel belt used in the rolling stock, materials treated by process and weld has a high strength and a good ductility, moreover, was expected that weld softening would not occurred. In this study, formation of the ultra-fine crystal grains based on the M to [gamma] reversion transformation of low C, Cr-Ni martensitic stainless steel and effect of Si on change of mechanical properties were investigated. A high-strength stainless steel with a good ductility and without weld softening was developed. Main results obtained are as follows: After a steel was cold-rolled, the reversion treatment at the region between As and Af temperatures (600 to 640[degree]C) was carried out, a duplex structure with diameter of the ultra-fine grains of about 0.5 micron meter that is composed of [gamma] phase concentrated Ni and sintered M phase was formatted, and excellent mechanical properties with a high strength and a good ductility could be obtained, diameter of reversion [gamma] grains was dependent on reversion temperature. Diameter of [gamma] grains became large, and more homogeneous and uniform at higher reversion temperature. 20 refs., 11 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Fiscal 2000 project of inviting proposals for international joint research - invitation for international proposal (Energy conservation No.4). Development of passive cooling mechanism fit for high-temperature high-humidity region; 2000 nendo kokusai kyodo kenkyu teian kobo jigyo - kokusai teian kobo (Shoe No.4). Koon tashitsu chiiki tekigogata passive reikyaku kiko no kaihatsu seika hokokusho



    Efforts are made in cooperation with Vietnam to develop a heat insulating material for buildings, to be used for passive cooling mechanisms symbiotic with the environment and capable of energy conservation. Vegetables are planted on the surface of this building material. Activities are conducted in the three domains of (1) the development of energy conservation-conscious basic materials, (2) selection of vegetables, and (3) the simulation of the effect of the developed materials on temperature. The basic type of the newly developed building material is an asbestos-free vegetable fiber-reinforced cement slate which is covered by such vegetables as members of the Passifloraceae, Vitaceae, and Araliaceae. Conducted in domain (1) are surveys of the actual state of basic material manufacturing in Vietnam and studies of the basic properties of vegetable fiber, properties displayed by vegetable fiber under various chemical environments, selection of vegetable fiber as the basic aggregate, mineral fiber, and the basic material manufacturing conditions. The result of heat load calculation carried out using SMASH for Windows ver.2, which is a program developed for thermal load calculation for houses, shows that the new material lowers the temperature by approximately 3 degrees C. (NEDO)

  18. FY 2000 report on the basic survey to promote Joint Implementation, etc. Energy conservation by modernization of a cement plant (Double Horse Cement Co.) in China; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Chugoku cement kojo (Double Horse Cement) kindaika ni yoru sho energy



    An investigational study was conducted of possibilities of energy conservation and greenhouse effect gas emission reduction in the cement production process of Double Horse Cement Co., Mianyang City, Sichuan Province, China. Double Horse Cement adopts the wet type long kiln production system and has a production ability of approximately 1.5 million t/y. In the project, as to three production lines out of the six production lines, improvement was planned to be made of the technologies on the following: mixing of raw materials, grinding of raw materials, NSP, clinker cooler, clinker pre-grinder, high-efficiency separator, waste heat use power generation, etc. As a result of the study, it was found that the energy conservation amount obtained was 54,646 toe/y. And, the amount of greenhouse effect gas reduction was 169,086 t-CO2/y. The total fund required for this project was approximately 5.553 billion yen and the internal earning rate was 7.36% after tax. When the project is carried out, expenses vs. effects are 9.8 toe/million yen in energy conservation amount and 30.4 t-CO2/million yen in greenhouse effect gas reduction. (NEDO)

  19. Strength of roadbeds built of solidified coal ash or foamed asphalt. Application thereof to temporary roads for construction work in Tachibanawan power plant site; Sekitanbai kokatai roban to formed asphalt roban no kyodo tokusei. Tachibanawan hatsudensho konai kari doro eno tekiyo jirei to hyoka

    Suesawa, H.; Iwahara, H.; Isakura, M. [Shikoku Electric Power Co., Inc., Kagawa (Japan)


    For the construction of a solidified coal ash roadbed, desulfurized gypsum and a small amount of slaked lime are added to coal ash that is the main material, moisture is adjusted, the resultant moist powder is mixed in a screw-type mixer and transported aboard a dump truck to the construction site, and then solidified by rollers. The material is easy to install, and the roadbed is high in serviceability. With no serious damage occurring in the paved surface for nine months after the placement, the road keeps on functioning satisfactorily as a provisional road for use in the execution of the construction work. Foamed asphalt is prepared by adding water to asphalt in the liquid state at high temperature for the formation of fine foam for a 10-15 times expansion of the asphalt volume. Such asphalt is lower in surface tension and enhanced in adhesiveness to other materials, and mixes completely with the road materials at normal temperature for the construction of a reinforced roadbed. The foamed asphalt covers only fine aggregate but not coarse aggregate, and the latter is tightly solidified by bitumen etc. by tamping for the realization of a strong structure. Foamed asphalt is a material that works effectively when used for a road where dynamic load is dominant. 8 refs., 18 figs., 7 tabs.

  20. Design and engineering of west-side revetment for Tachibana Bay Power Station. Swelling behavior of sand compaction pile improved ground and mechanical properties of composite ground; Tachibanawan hatsudensho Nishigogan koji no sekkei to seko. Sand compaction pile kairyo jiban no moriagari kyodo to fukugo jiban no rikigaku tokusei

    Kameda, S.; Hara, J.; Ozaki, S. [Shikoku Electric Power Co., Inc., Kagawa (Japan)


    This report covers a sand compaction pile (SCP) process performed for the improvement of the sea bottom along the west-side revetment of the power station where a 10-odd meter thick sedimentary layer of soft clayey soil exists. Since the sea is only 5m deep in this area, an engineering method is chosen capable of minimizing the swelling of the ground, and changes in the physical properties of the composite ground that may affect the stability of the revetment are investigated. In this report, an estimating equation is proposed for accurately predicting the swelling, including the additional swelling of the ground already swollen, to result from the SCP-assisted improvement of the ground and a description is given of changes in composite ground mechanical properties induced by the SCP-assisted engineering work. A `one-directional construction system with one block constituted of three spans` is contrived. Furthermore, an estimating technique taking into account the secondary swelling is proposed. As the result, the apparent swelling rate agrees very well with the actual swelling rate. An SCP method with its capability enhanced may be established by considering time-dependent changes in the mechanical properties of the clayey soil between piles and their impact on the safety factor. 4 refs., 13 figs., 3 tabs.

  1. Report on achievements in proliferation project to introduce environment harmonizing type coal utilization system in fiscal 1998. Joint demonstration project for CMG recovery and utilization system in fiscal 1998; Kankyo chowagata sekitan riyo system donyu shien nado fukyu taisaku jigyo. 1998 nendo CMG kaishu riyo system kyodo jissho jigyo seika hokokusho



    This paper describes the discussion report for fiscal 1998 on the CMG (coal methane gas) recovery and utilization project to be implemented from fiscal 1998 through fiscal 2002 at Tiefa Mining Bureau of Liaoning Province in China. The Daixing mine was selected as the survey object. The introduced technologies and facilities include test drilling for degassing (medium measure horizontal degassing of 300-m class), induction from degassing holes, fly ash sealing, sealed gas degassing, surveillance and control technologies and facilities. The recovered gas is to be supplied to the cities of Tiefa and Tieling as town gas, for which compressed gas feeding and controlling technologies and facilities will be introduced. This paper lists the gush-out quantity (1,000 Nm{sup 3}), the recovery quantity (1,000 Nm{sup 3}), the recovered gas concentration (%), the utilization quantity (1,000 Nm{sup 3}), and the utilization rate (%). The figures for the respective items before and after the implementation are 128366, 32949, 44.5, 7000, 5, 123500, 43890, 49.1, 39826, and 32. The quantity of gas gushing out at facings decreases in association with increase in the recovered gas quantity, whereas the gas concentration at facings in the Daixing mine in 2003 is estimated to decrease to 0.1%, contributing to safe mining operation. The test drilling for medium measure horizontal degassing expands the degassing assured scope per one test drilling seat, and can reduce the total test drilling length and construction amount. (NEDO)

  2. Microstructure and properties of hot roll bonding layer of dissimilar metals. 1. Effect of oxide layer on titanium surface on bonding strength of titanium clad steel by hot roll bonding; Ishu kinzoku no atsuen setsugo kaimen soshiki to shotokusei ni kansuru kenkyu. 1. Atsuen chitan clad ko no kaimen kyodo ni oyobosu chitan hyomen sankabutsuso no eikyo

    Ogawa, K.; Komizo, Y.; Yasuyama, M. [Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd., Osaka (Japan); Ikezaki, H.; Murayama, J.


    The effect of surface oxide layer on the titanium before bonding on the bonding strength of titanium clad steel by hot roll bonding was investigated from a view point of microstructure of the bonding interface. The bonding test of iron and titanium by hot roll bonding at 850{degree}C was conducted under the various surface conditions of titanium plate such as as-relieved, oxidized or machined. The mechanical properties of clad steel was evaluated in terms of tensile test in the rectangular direction to the bonding interface and observation of micro structures of bonding layer. As results, the bonding strength deteriorated remarkably in the clad steel produced using the titanium having oxide layer on the surface comparing with that using the machined surface of titanium. In the clad steel produced using the titanium with surface oxide, uncontinuous intermetallic compound was observed at the interface of {beta}-Ti and Fe, while in the clad steel produced by the titanium without surface oxide, no remarkable intermetallic compound was observed. Oxide layer on the titanium surface promotes the formation of inter metallic compound of titanium and iron at the bonding interface and deterioration of bonding strength. Such oxide layer, however, was found to be not an obstacle to the accomplishment of metallurgical bonding. 6 refs., 13 figs.

  3. Fiscal 1999 achievement report. Venture seed pickup type international cooperative research project (Development of multi-beam semiconductor laser-aided preparation system for photogravure printing using water-based ink); 1999 nendo venture seeds hakkutsugata kokusai kyodo kenkyu jigyo seika hokokusho - venture seeds No.8. Suisei ink wo mochiita gurabia (oban) insatsuyo multi beam handotai laser seihan system no kaihatsu



    For the prevention of environmental contamination due to oil-based ink used in the photogravure printing process, efforts were exerted to develop a technique of laser-aided photogravure printing using a water-based ink. It was learned that the laser optical system technology of CR Corporation of Canada was practical and high in quality, and a delay occurred in the development of an evaporation type resin for use under this project. Then the initially planned design was abandoned for a type using a new optical system manufactured by CR Corporation. In the development of plate making materials, it was found that resin evaporation was incomplete in a 1-layer structure design. A 2-layer structure design was then employed instead, and the evaporation goal was achieved. Now that the optical system was changed, the resin was also replaced with a thermosensitive type, which enhanced work efficiency. The CR Corporation-manufactured laser optical system was installed on a mount, the processor system was controlled and adjusted, and a printing test was conducted using a water-based ink of German make. It was found that the product of the new system was higher in quality than that printed by the conventional mechanical perforation type printer using an oil-based ink. (NEDO)

  4. FY 1998 survey report on the potential study of cooperation related to the activity implementation joint in 6 countries of Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia); 1998 nendo Indoshina 6 kakkoku (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Tai oyobi Malaysia) ni okeru energy kankyo kanren kyodo kenkyu jisshi kanosei chosa hokokusho



    A potential study in FY 1998 was made of the energy/environment related activity implementation joint (COP3 related AIJ) in 6 Southeast Asian countries. Vietnam is a country which is the lowest in greenhouse effect gas (GHG) emission in the world, but they want the international assistance for their continued development and contribution to the global environment. Laos has to continue their economic development for extermination of poverty and improvement of life level. Accordingly, AIJ has to be the one that supports those and is helpful for both industrial development and environmental improvement. The same in Cambodia as in Laos, AIJ has to be the one that is helpful for both industrial development and promotion of environmental improvement. In Myanmar, GHG emits (CO2 conversion) 94.5% in the agricultural sector where methane is emitted from livestock and rice growing. There, the forest protection plays a big role. In Thailand, the use of land and forest protection are subjects mainly with the heightening of energy efficiency and fuel substitution. Malaysia, of course, promotes the economic development, has the leading GHG policy (traffic management in urban area, etc.), and wants the international technology transfer. (NEDO)

  5. Consideration on the dynamic behavior and the structural design of large scale floating structure. 2nd Report. Stability of elastic structure and design of elastic response; Choogata futai no kozo kyodo oyobi kozo sekkei ni kansuru kosatsu. 2. Dansei henkei wo koryoshita fukugensei oyobi kozo oto no sekkei

    Suzuki, H.; Yoshida, K. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)


    A policy of improving a very large floating body was planned based on its dynamic characteristics, and a proposal was made thereon. Furthermore, discussions were given on stability that considers effect of elastic deformation required when a structure is mounted on a floating body. With respect to a structural design of a very large floating body in which elastic response is governing, and upon modeling the very large floating body into an aeolotropic plate on an elastic supporting floor, it was shown that the existing range of natural vibration speed in the elastic response is in higher range than the natural vibration speed of heave. It was also indicated that the peak height of response to waves in resonance is inversely proportional to wave frequency, and furthermore, degree of flowing in of vibration energy during the resonance is determined by an inner product of spatial vibration patterns of wave force and the excited mode shape. A proposal was made on a floating body improved of excessive response in the floating body edges by changing the characteristics of the floating body edges. In addition, discussions were given on stability that considers elastic deformation of a floating body that becomes necessary when a structure, such as a building, is built on a very large floating body. 9 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  6. Study on unified fatigue strength assessment method for welded structure. Hot spot stress evaluating method for various combinations of plate thickness and weld leg length; Yosetsu kozo no toitsutekina hiro kyodo hyokaho ni kansuru kenkyu. Itaatsu to yosetsu ashinaga no kumiawase ni taisuru hot spot oryoku sanshutsu ni tsuite

    Nihei, K.; Inamura, F.; Koe, S. [Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kobe (Japan)


    There has been tried to apply unified assessment method using hot spot stress, which is effective to evaluate fatigue strength of fillet welded structures for ships and marine structures. This method can be applied to complicated structures and is independent of welding processes. In this study, first, stress analysis has been conducted for two-dimensional fillet welded joint models with various combinations of plate thickness and weld leg length of general fillet structures by means of boundary element method. Then, critical position, which is not affected by local stress concentration due to bead, was determined from the detailed stress distribution in the vicinity of weld toe. As a result, a general equation has been proposed to estimate the hot spot stress by one-point representative method. Second, the fatigue tests of typical fillet welded joints have been conducted by applying this method. Consequently, it was demonstrated that the unified fatigue strength can be evaluated by the S-N data based on hot spot stress range determined from the proposed equation, independent of structural stress concentration. 22 refs., 14 figs.

  7. pH and ionic strength-sensitive drug release from poly (L-lysine-alt-terephthalic acid) microcapsules: effects of dissociable groups on the microcapsule structure; pH to ion kyodo ni otoshita poly(L-lysine-alt-terephthal san) microcapsule kara no yakubutsu hoshutsu seigyo

    Makino, K. [Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science


    Poly(L-lysine-alt-terephthalic acid) microcapsules change their particle size, volume and the membrane permeability, depending on pH and the ionic strength. The mechanisms of the change in membrane shape were studied. The water content in the membrane and the sensitivity to the stimuli changed corresponding to the changes in the charge density and in the hydrophobicity of the membrane. These phenomena were considered as the phase transition of a hydrogen. In aqueous solutions, the microcapsules shrank by the addition of multi-valent cations or by the addition of the solvent with low permittivity such as ethanol. The viscosity of the membrane was high when the water content of the microcapsules was high. Also, the mass density of the membrane was inversely proportional to the microcapsule size. 4 refs., 3 figs.

  8. Behavior of oxide at diffusion-bonded interface of Al-Mg-Si series 6063 alloy. 1st Report. Diffusion-bonding mechanism of aluminium alloys by transmission electron microscopy; Al-Mg-Si kei 6063 gokin no kakusan setsugo kaimen ni okeru sankabutsu no kyodo. 1. Toka denshi kenbikyo kansatsu ni yoru Al gokin no kakusan setsugo kiko no kento

    Ikeuchi, K.; Matsuda, F. [Osaka University, Osaka (Japan). Welding Research Institute; Kotani, K. [Industrial Research Institute of Aichi Prefecture, Aichi (Japan)


    Transmission electron microscopic observation and a joint strength test were carried out on diffusion-bonded interface of Al-Mg-Si series 6063 alloy to investigate behavior of the surface oxide film and its effect on the bonding strength. The test pieces are made of the Al-Mg-Si series 6063 alloy and industrial pure aluminum 1080 cut out from a rod as a reference material. The bonded surface was applied with electrolytic grinding or wire brush finish. Analysis of electron diffraction diagram revealed formation of Al2MgO4 on the bonded interface of the 6063 alloy in either case of the electrolytic grinding or the wire brush finish. However, it was not possible to derive the electron diffraction diagram from oxide film on the bonded interface of pure aluminum, and the oxide film was thought amorphous. Tensile strength of the diffusion-bonded joint of the 6063 alloy approached the strength of the base material at considerably lower bonding temperature and with smaller bonding deformation than in pure aluminum in either case of the bonded surface electrolytically ground or wire-brush finished. This was thought to have been caused from difference in behavior of the oxide film. 16 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Study on a constant-tip-speed-ratio operation of wind power generation system. Effect of load control system on dynamic behavior; Furyoku hatsuden system no hensoku seigyo unten ni kansuru kenkyu. Fuka seigyokei ga system no rikigakuteki kyodo ni oyobosu eikyo

    Wakui, T.; Yamaguchi, K. [Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan); Tanzawa, Y. [Nippon Institute of Technology, Saitama (Japan); Hashizume, T.; Ota, E. [Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan). School of Science and Engineering


    The effect that the set data of the load control system in a wind power generation system exerts on the dynamic behavior of a system was investigated. The wind power generation system consists of a hybrid wind turbine with combined Darrieus and Savonius rotors, load with a generator and battery in the center, and a controller. A constant-tip-speed ratio operation that holds the circumferential speed ratio in which the power coefficient is maximized irrespective of the change in wind velocity was used to extract and convert the wind energy more effectively. In a high-wind velocity area, the system is operated at a fixed speed, and the increase in rotation is suppressed to protect the wing strength. In a large system, the response characteristics are only slightly improved by the limited load operation range and influenced rotor inertial. Power cannot be fully extracted even if the control system is changed in setting, and the applicability to the wind situation remains low. During the actual operation, the adjustment value of the control system should be set so that the output operation is satisfactorily possible in the specified load operation range, that is, the change in the instantaneous value of an effective power coefficient indicates almost flat gain characteristics in frequency characteristics. 14 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. The property of fault zone and fault activity of Shionohira Fault, Fukushima, Japan

    Seshimo, K.; Aoki, K.; Tanaka, Y.; Niwa, M.; Kametaka, M.; Sakai, T.; Tanaka, Y.


    The April 11, 2011 Fukushima-ken Hamadori Earthquake (hereafter the 4.11 earthquake) formed co-seismic surface ruptures trending in the NNW-SSE direction in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, which were newly named as the Shionohira Fault by Ishiyama et al. (2011). This earthquake was characterized by a westward dipping normal slip faulting, with a maximum displacement of about 2 m (e.g., Kurosawa et al., 2012). To the south of the area, the same trending lineaments were recognized to exist even though no surface ruptures occurred by the earthquake. In an attempt to elucidate the differences of active and non-active segments of the fault, this report discusses the results of observation of fault outcrops along the Shionohira Fault as well as the Coulomb stress calculations. Only a few outcrops have basement rocks of both the hanging-wall and foot-wall of the fault plane. Three of these outcrops (Kyodo-gawa, Shionohira and Betto) were selected for investigation. In addition, a fault outcrop (Nameishi-minami) located about 300 m south of the southern tip of the surface ruptures was investigated. The authors carried out observations of outcrops, polished slabs and thin sections, and performed X-ray diffraction (XRD) to fault materials. As a result, the fault zones originating from schists were investigated at Kyodo-gawa and Betto. A thick fault gouge was cut by a fault plane of the 4.11 earthquake in each outcrop. The fault materials originating from schists were fault bounded with (possibly Neogene) weakly deformed sandstone at Shionohira. A thin fault gouge was found along the fault plane of 4.11 earthquake. A small-scale fault zone with thin fault gouge was observed in Nameishi-minami. According to XRD analysis, smectite was detected in the gouges from Kyodo-gawa, Shionohira and Betto, while not in the gouge from Nameishi-minami.

  11. Assessment of fatigue life for a crack emanated from a notch. ; Algorithm of fatigue life assessment by [delta]K[sub RP] approach without distinguishing between the crack Initiaion and the propagation. Kirikakitei kara hasseisuru bishi bisho kiretsu no hiro kiretsu jumyo hyokaho ni tsuite. ; Hassei to denpa no toitsu riron ni yoru jumyo yosoku no algorithm (RPG kijun ni yoru hiro kiretsu denpa kyodo no kenkyu)

    Toyosada, M.; Niwa, T. (Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering)


    Fatigue life has been estimated as a sum of crack initiation life and crack propagation life, by using a fracture dynamical method. In order to make the method more reliable, a method is being discussed to estimate a growth curve for fatigue cracks from notch bottom under a unified theoretical system without a need of introducing the presence of initial cracks. Subsequently to the previous report, this paper describes a fatigue test that uses CT test pieces with the notch bottom finished in arc, an investigation on initiation and propagation behaviors of micro cracks, and discussions on their possibilities. From a large number of findings obtained, an algorithm was proposed to estimate the crack growth curve in approximation. The proposal was made by introducing a hypothesis that the growth of compressed plastic region is restricted by such a barrier as crystal particle boundaries until a developed crack can reach the first crystal particle boundary when the effective loading is maintained constant. The estimated curves and the experimental results have agreed well with each other. Stagnating crack phenomenon at a notch bottom and coaxing effect were explained qualitatively. 30 refs., 24 figs.

  12. FY 2000 Report on the results of international cooperative research scheme (power generation - No.3). Developmental research on high-performance plasma-assisted fine coal powder combustion mechanism for coal-fired power generation boilers to realize oilless ignition; 2000 nendo kokusai kyodo kenkyu teian kobo jigyo seika hokokusho (hatsuden No.3). Oilless chakka wo jitsugensuru sekitan karyoku hatsuden bifuntan nenshoroyo koseino plasma jonen kiko no kaihatsu kenkyu



    Described herein are the results of the developmental research on the high-performance plasma-assisted fine coal powder combustion mechanism for coal-fired power generation boilers, a theme adopted by the international cooperative research scheme. The program for design/manufacture of the plasma torch manufactures laminar type torches for 100kW high power class and 10kW middle class. The high-performance plasma-assisted combustion mechanism is designed and manufactured using the torch. It has a structure which supplies secondary air and secondary coal flow to the primary coal flow. It is tested for starting up a commercial boiler firing finely pulverized coal, to confirm its functions. The tests for optimizing the oilless ignition and operation are conducted in Tashtagonal Iron Plant and Berdsk Chemical Plant. It is found that the cold start can be realized in the boiler, when the muffle burners are preheated for 30 to 40 minutes before the finely pulverized coal is supplied and the steady-state coal combustion is attained 3 to 5 minutes after the coal is supplied. The program for the combustion basics for the plasma-assisted mechanism collects the data related to its dependence on coal type. (NEDO)

  13. Solidification and transformation behavior of Cr-Ni stainless steel weld metals with ferritic single phase solidification mode. Report 4. Study on solidification and subsequent transformation of Cr-Ni stainless steel weld metals; Feraito tanso de gyokosuru Cr-Ni kei sutenresu ko yosetsu kinzoku no gyoko/hendo kyodo. 4. Cr-Ni kei sutenresu ko yosetsu kinzoku no gyoko/hentai ni kansuru kenkyu

    Inoue, H.; Koseki, T.; Okita, S.; Fuji, M. [Nippon Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)


    The solidification modes of {gamma} stainless steel that solidifies at initial crystal {delta} are classified into FA mode where solidification at two phase of {delta}+{gamma} takes place after crystallization at {gamma} phase during solidification and F mode where solidification is completed at {delta} single phase, and solidification transformation behaviors of weld metal of FA mode are reported in the previous paper. Hereupon, in this report, solidification and transformation behaviors of stainless steel weld metal of F mode are studied. Cr-Ni stainless steel of F mode consists of two phase stainless steel with two phase base metal structure of {delta}+{gamma} besides {gamma} stainless steel. Further, two phase stainless steel with higher alloy compared to conventional one has been developed. In this report, not only the {gamma} stainless steel but also two phase stainless weld metals with varied amount of alloying metal are studied. The welding method and welding conditions are same as that of previous paper. Observation of structure was carried out by optical microscope, and crystal orientation and element distribution were measured by EBSP and CMA respectively. 11 refs., 18 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Public subscription project for international joint research proposals in fiscal 2000 - public subscription of international proposal (Substitution No.2). Report on achievements in developing technologies to produce oil-alternative energies from fibrous material based biomass and industrial wastes; 2000 nendo kokusai kyodo kenkyu teian kobo jigyo - kokusai teian kobo (daitai No.2). Sen'ishitsukei biomass oyobi sangyo haikibutsu kara no sekiyu daitai energy seisan gijutsu no kaihatsu seika hokokusho



    Development has been advanced on technologies to manufacture methanol efficiently by combining a technology to convert selectively fibrous material based biomass into sugar under high concentration sulfuric acid condition with the immobilized enzyme flash fermentation process, both being developed in the United States. Activities have been taken in the following three fields: 1) establishment of an optimal biomass treatment condition by using concentrated sulfuric acid, 2) chromatographic separation of sugar and sulfuric acid, and 3) discussions on conditions to apply the immobilized enzyme flash fermentation process. In Item 1), discussions were given, using rice straw and waste woods as the object, on effects of biomass particle size, sulfuric acid to biomass feeding ratio, sulfuric acid concentration, reaction temperature and time on the cellulose to hemicellulose reaction ratio and the sugar conversion factor, whereas it was revealed that the governing factors are the biomass/sulfuric acid contact area and the reaction temperature. In Item 2), a chromatographic device filled with anion ion exchange resin was used to set the sugar recovery rate of 100% and the sulfuric acid recovery rate of 93%. (NEDO)

  15. Fiscal 1993 international research cooperation project. Feasibility study of finding out the seeds of international joint research (technology for environmental preservation using biotechnology, technology for effective use unused hydrocarbon resource, technology of solid electrolyte fuel cells for high-efficient electric vehicles); 1993 nendo kokusai kenkyu kyoryoku jigyo. Kokusai kyodo kenkyu seeds hakkutsu no tame no FS chosa (biotechnology ni yoru kankyo taisaku gijutsu, miriyo tanka suiso shigen no yuko riyo gijutsu, kokoritsu denki jidosha no kotai denkaishitsu nenryo denchi gijutsu)



    This project is aimed at internationally cooperating in the R and D of industrial technology and improving industrial technology of Japan. For it, the following three technologies were investigated: 1) environmental preservation technology using biotechnology, 2) technology for effective use of unused hydrocarbon resource, 3) solid electrolyte fuel cell (SOFC) technology for high-efficient electric vehicles. In 1), bio-remediation is a choice as the result of trially using technologies for remediation of the environment polluted by pollutant, but it is not a technically completed one, but one which will be improved by trial and error. By the application of gene engineering, the use of gene recombination enables wide spread of decomposition genes. In 2), technical subjects were studied such as superheavy distillate, oil shale, coalhead methane and methane hydrate. In 3), designed were cylinder type and planar type SOFC of 850degC operation and 10kW output. Accumulation and weight of a total SOFC system are 81 liters and 100 kg in cylinder type and 136 liters and 200 kg in planar type. The vehicle can be equipped with the SOFC. 171 refs., 72 figs., 54 tabs.

  16. Fiscal 1993 international research cooperation project. Feasibility study of finding out the seeds of international joint research (technology for environmental preservation using biotechnology, technology for effective use of unused hydrocarbon resource, technology for development of environmental harmony type catalyst); 1995 nendo kokusai kyoryoku jigyo. Kokusai kyodo kenkyu seeds hakkutsu no tame no FS chosa (biotechnology ni yoru kankyo taisaku gijutsu, miriyo tanka suiso shigen no yuko riyo gijutsu, kankyo chowagata shokubai kaihatsu gijutsu)



    This project is aimed at internationally cooperating in the R and D of industrial technology and improving industrial technology of Japan. For it, the following three technologies were investigated: 1) environmental preservation technology using biotechnology, 2) technology for effective use of unused hydrocarbon resource, 3) technology for development of environmental harmony type catalyst. In 1), a survey was conducted of applicability of biological surfactant to prevention measures of pollution by heavy distillate. It showed that part of the biological surfactants is reaching a stage of its being industrially produced by gene recombination bacteria, but as a whole, biosynthetic genes have hardly been elucidated. In 2), a survey of high-grade treatment technology of petroleum coke was made. It pointed out that it is necessary to develop a technology which makes the most of features of petroleum coke and allows defects. In 3), scientists and engineers of Japan and Europe searched for themes on which they can jointly study in the fields of NOx removal catalyst, up-grading of fuel, and development of catalyst combustion of fuel. 287 refs., 136 figs., 128 tabs.

  17. Fiscal 1996 international research cooperation project. Feasibility study of finding out the seeds of international joint research (technology for effective use of saturated hydrocarbon, technology for reducing excess of aromatic hydrocarbon, high-grade treatment technology of petroleum coke); 1996 nendo kokusai kenkyu kyoryoku jigyo. Kokusai kyodo kenkyu seeds hakkutsu no tame no FS chosa (howa tanka suiso no yuko riyo gijutsu, hokozoku tanka suiso no yojo taisaku gijutsu, sekiyu cokes no kodo shori gijutsu)



    This project is aimed at internationally cooperating in the R and D of industrial technology and improving industrial technology of Japan. For it, the following three technologies were investigated: (1) technology for effective use of saturated hydrocarbon, (2) technology for reducing excess of aromatic hydrocarbon, (3) high-grade treatment technology of petroleum coke. In (1), surveys were conducted of technologies of effective use of natural gas and effective use of C4 saturated hydrocarbon. Surveyed were a method for producing synthesis gas from natural gas, a technology to liquefy natural gas into fuel following the synthesis gas production process, a technology to liquefy natural gas into fuel without the synthesis gas production process, and the trend of effective use of C4 saturated hydrocarbon. In (2), surveys were made of process to reduce production of aromatic hydrocarbon as much as possible, process to effectively separate aromatic hydrocarbon, and process to convert excess aromatic hydrocarbon into polymer, etc. In (3), surveys were conducted on petroleum coke and pitch in terms of production methods, the supply/demand situation, property characteristics, usability to new fields, etc. 170 refs., 114 figs., 65 tabs.

  18. Mexican press tour helps raise public awareness.


    In an effort to increase public awareness in Japan of global population and reproductive health issues, 5 Japanese journalists from Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Kyodo News, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, and FM Hokkaido traveled with a JOICFP team in Mexico for 12 days in October 1988. It is hoped that, following their experience in Mexico, the journalists will help to create favorable public opinion in Japan toward development assistance in population. The UNFPA Mexico office, the Japanese embassy, JICA, central and local ministries of health, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Mexico City and rural areas were visited during the tour. Specific sites and programs visited include a NGO in Catemaco, Veracruz state, a junior high school sexuality education program funded by the Packard Foundation, a community guest house for child deliveries in Puebla State, and a MEXFAM clinic funded by the owner of a towel factory. As a result of the study tour, an 8-minute program was aired on NHK, featuring an interview with the director of MEXFAM. The journalists learned from the tour.

  19. Geothermal Frontier: Penetrate a boundary between hydrothermal convection and heat conduction zones to create 'Beyond Brittle Geothermal Reservoir'

    Tsuchiya, N.; Asanuma, H.; Sakaguchi, K.; Okamoto, A.; Hirano, N.; Watanabe, N.; Kizaki, A.


    experiments, our research goals are 1)Analysis and understanding of geothermal structure and geofluids in ductile condition of the Japanese Island arc, 2)Fundamental technologies of drilling under ductile region for geothermal reservoir, 3) Development of geothermal reservoir simulator of two phase and multiphase flow including supercritical state through rock fracture, 4) Lab scale support for ICDP-JBBP, 5) Application of new EGS technologies to conventional geothermal fields as recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and energy crisis in Japan. [Publications Relevant to the Research] Tsuchiya, N. and Hirano, N. (2007), ISLAND ARC, 16, 6-15. Okamoto, A., Saishu, H., Hirano, N. & Tsuchiya, N. (2010) Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74, 3692-3706. Majer, E.L., Baria, R., Stark, M., Oates, S., Bonner, J. Smith, B. & Asanuma H., (2007) Geothermics, 36, 185-222. Watanabe, N., Hirano, N. Tsuchiya, N. (2009) Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth, 114(4), B04208.

  20. Seasonal changes in nutrients, chlorophyll a and the phytoplankton assemblage of the western subarctic gyre in the Pacific Ocean

    Mochizuki, Mamiko; Shiga, Naonobu; Saito, Masaru; Imai, Keiri; Nojiri, Yukihiro

    The standing stock and species composition of phytoplankton (>10 μm) were studied using monthly water samples collected at Stn KNOT (Kyodo North Pacific Ocean Time Series; 44°N, 155°E) in the western subarctic gyre in the Pacific Ocean through June 1998 to June 1999 (except for January-April 1999) and January-February 2000. One-liter water samples were preserved in 1% neutrally buffered formalin. Identification and enumeration of phytoplankton were made with an inverted microscope. Nutrients did not appear to be depleted for phytoplakton growth during any season. The vertical distribution of phytoplankton was primarily restricted by the pycnocline, and the bulk of phytoplankton assemblage existed within the surface mixed layer. In July, however, some senescent cells were observed at 200 m. Phytoplankton abundance clearly showed a spring maximum (i.e. spring bloom) in May. The seasonal change in cell numbers, however, did not coincide closely with the change in chlorophyll a concentration. Centric diatoms, which were composed of Thalassiosira, Chaetoceros, and Coscinodiscus, dominated all year round, and showed temporal succession. Pennate diatoms (mostly Neodenticula seminae and Fragilariopsis) increased only during the spring bloom. Dinoflagellates (mostly Gymnodinium and Prorocentrum) were low in abundance, although they increased in summer when the phytoplankton standing stock was low. Silicoflagellate abundance was extremely low. Comparing the annual species composition of phytoplankton between Stn KNOT and Stn P (50°N, 145°W) in the Alaskan Gyre, there was a remarkable difference between the two sites. The phytoplankton assemblage at Stn P is characterized by a high abundance of Rhizosolenia alata and low abundance of Thalassiosira. In contrast, Thalassiosira dominates at Stn KNOT during most seasons.

  1. Impact of inpatient caseload, emergency department duties, and online learning resource on General Medicine In-Training Examination scores in Japan

    Kinoshita K


    Full Text Available Kensuke Kinoshita,1 Yusuke Tsugawa,2 Taro Shimizu,3 Yusuke Tanoue,4 Ryota Konishi,5 Yuji Nishizaki,6 Toshiaki Shiojiri,7 Yasuharu Tokuda8 1Department of Medicine, Mito Kyodo General Hospital, University of Tsukuba, Mito City, Ibaraki, Japan; 2Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA; 3Tokyo Joto Hospital, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 4Good Medicine Japan, Miyagi, 5Department of General Internal Medicine, Kanto Rosai Hospital, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, 6Department of Cardiology, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, 7Department of General Internal Medicine, Asahi General Hospital, Asahi, Chiba, 8Japan Community Healthcare Organization, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan Background: Both clinical workload and access to learning resource are important components of educational environment and may have effects on clinical knowledge of residents. Methods: We conducted a survey with a clinical knowledge evaluation involving postgraduate year (PGY-1 and -2 resident physicians at teaching hospitals offering 2-year postgraduate training programs required for residents in Japan, using the General Medicine In-Training Examination (GM-ITE. An individual-level analysis was conducted to examine the impact of the number of assigned patients and emergency department (ED duty on the residents' GM-ITE scores by fitting a multivariable generalized estimating equations. In hospital-level analysis, we evaluated the relationship between for the number of UpToDate reviews for each hospital and for the hospitals' mean GM-ITE score. Results: A total of 431 PGY-1 and 618 PGY-2 residents participated. Residents with four or five times per month of the ED duties exhibited the highest mean scores compared to those with greater or fewer ED duties. Those with largest number of inpatients in charge exhibited the highest mean scores compared to the residents with fewer inpatients in charge. Hospitals with the greater Up

  2. The hospital educational environment and performance of residents in the General Medicine In-Training Examination: a multicenter study in Japan

    Shimizu T


    Full Text Available Taro Shimizu,1 Yusuke Tsugawa,2,3 Yusuke Tanoue,4 Ryota Konishi,5 Yuji Nishizaki,6 Mitsumasa Kishimoto,7 Toshiaki Shiojiri,8 Yasuharu Tokuda9 1Hospitalist Division, Department of Medicine, Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital, Tokyo, Japan; 2Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; 3Center for Clinical Epidemiology, St Luke's Life Science Institute, 4Department of Vascular and Oncological Surgery, Hospital of Tokyo University, 5Department of General Internal Medicine, Kanto Rousai Hospital, 6Department of Cardiology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, 7Division of Rheumatology, St Luke's International Hospital, Tokyo, Japan; 8Asahi Chuo Hospital, Chiba, Japan; 9Department of Medicine, Tsukuba University Mito Kyodo General Hospital, Mito City, Ibaraki, Japan Background: It is believed that the type of educational environment in teaching hospitals may affect the performance of medical knowledge base among residents, but this has not yet been proven. Objective: We aimed to investigate the association between the hospital educational environment and the performance of the medical knowledge base among resident physicians in Japanese teaching hospitals. Methods: To assess the knowledge base of medicine, we conducted the General Medicine In-Training Examination (GM-ITE for second-year residents in the last month of their residency. The items of the exam were developed based on the outcomes designated by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. The educational environment was evaluated using the Postgraduate Hospital Educational Environment Measure (PHEEM score, which was assessed by a mailed survey 2 years prior to the exam. A mixed-effects linear regression model was employed for the analysis of variables associated with a higher score. Results: Twenty-one teaching hospitals participated in the study and a total of 206 residents (67 women participated and