Graduate School of Engineering

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Research Areas

Civil Engineering

Structure Engineering

The research topics include: the development of constitutive models for steel and concrete as construction materials; basic study on structural stability; study on deformational behaviors at the component and structural levels; study for the improvement of design methods employed for ensuring buckling stability; and the aesthetics of structures.

Civil Engineering

Concrete Engineering

The topics of learning and research include: study based on material science concerning the properties of various construction materials such as steel, cement, aggregates and admixtures and also concerning various types of concrete including steel fiber reinforced concrete and recycled concrete; study and application of theories concerning the designing of structural components of reinforced and prestressed concrete; and study concerning the improvement of structural performance and study on the life cycle cost.

Hydraulic Engineering

The topics of learning and research include the theories and analysis methods concerning the hydrodynamics and the conveyance system in bays, rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Using such theories and analysis methods, studies are conducted for the improvement of issues such as water quality and environmental problems, and the water hazard problems of storm surge, flood, inundation, etc.

Geotechnical Engineering

The topics of learning and research include: water behaviors in unsaturated ground; the slope failure due to heavy rainfall; a seismic engineering based on geotechnical seismic analysis; and liquefaction. Moreover, researches are conducted for the development and implementation of methodologies for the prediction of seismic damages to utilities and to buildings and for the prediction of liquefaction.

Infrastructure Planning

The learning and research give attention to the theories, techniques and policies concerning the systematic development of social capital. There will be lectures on social capital development and transportation/traffic planning. The study involves the analysis of the travel behaviors of various types of citizens including elders and handicapped individuals, the evaluation and analysis of various types of transportation infrastructure, and the development of transportation/traffic policies.

Architecture

Building Structure Engineering

The learning and research give attention to the theories and analysis methods for the static and dynamic evaluation of building structures. The topics of study include: the aseismic design of buildings; the preservation of traditional buildings; nonlinear analysis of old wooden constructions; dynamic interactions between the ground and the buildings; the prediction of seismic damages:the estimation of damping factor of the buildings; and the development of steel framed houses.

Architecture

Architectural Materials

The study gives attention to the physical properties and implementability of various architectural materials, and the fitness of newly developed materials as architectural materials. The topics of learning and research include the aging and durability of building structures, and the recycling and reuse thereof.

Architectural Environment and Building Services

The study gives attention to the theories and technologies pertaining to various factors, such as heat, air, sound and light, which constitute the architectural environment, and also concerning the building service facilities that are employed to produce a desirable building environment. The study addresses the issues of global environment and energy conservation through experiments, measurements, surveys and system analyses in the fields of architectural environmental engineering and building environment planning.

Building Design

The course is dedicated to the study, research and practical training on the theories and methodologies of building design and planning. The course includes lectures, case studies, analyses and researches on office building and community facility planning and building construction planning, for example.

City Planning

The topics of study include residential & environment improvement, housing supply-demand structure, land use planning and the guidelines on residential area designing. The study on these topics is supplemented by lectures on city and country planning, housing policies and housing programs, for example.

Architectural Design

This is intended to be a full-fledged graduate course for the training of future architects. With more emphasis on practice than on theory, specialized training will be offered to ensure that the students, by the time they graduate from this course, find themselves well equipped with the knowledge expected from future architects and also well trained in leadership.

Architectural History and Theory

The purpose of this course is to study the relationship between architecture and society/history, and the relationship between design and theory. The study gives attention to various architects and includes the analysis of their works

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