Snow engineering laboratory

Categories of technology seeds
Environmental・Energy
keyword
Environmental analysisEnvironmental changeclimatePolar scienceGreen energyHeavy snow disasterEarth scienceRecovery and reconstruction from disaster

Faculty

上村 靖司

KAMIMURA Seiji

Mechanical Engineering

Professor

TEL:
0258-47-9717
FAX:
0258-47-9770
高田 守昌

TAKATA Morimasa

Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Professor

TEL:
0258-47-9771
FAX:
0258-47-9770
杉原 幸信

SUGIHARA Yukinobu

MechanicalEngineering

Assistant Professor

TEL:
0258-47-9753
FAX:
0258-47-9770

Specialties

Thermal engineering: Applied thermal engineering
Environmental science and technology: Engineering approach for reconstruction from earthquake and disaster, Earth science

Research areas

Store and use of snow for green energy
Pure ice making by radiation cooling and its application
Low energy snow melting combined with comfortable air conditioning
Education of snow removal skill for safety
Regional reconstruction plan of post disaster and advanced prevention of disaster using local community
Combined disaster both earthquake and heavy snow (Damage estimation, Evacuation planning, Design of reconstruction and disaster protection)
Physical properties of ice
Equipment development to measure physical and mechanical properties of ice
Development of continuous flow analysis system to determinate ion species in ice core samples
Paleo climate study using ice core samples
Ice core drilling

Main facilities

Cold Laboratory(−30℃、-20℃、-10℃、-5℃)、Cold liquid bath(-45℃)×2、AircGIS、Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer
(Shimadzu, IRTracer-100)、High speed camera (Vision Research PAC-MIROEX2-2048), Optical Microscope, Hydraulic pressure system, mechanical test

Forte of this laboratory's study

Thermal deign of cold energy use for buildings
Life cycle assessment, Evaluation of environmental economy
Workshop discussion for local area reconstruction and advanced disaster prevision
Physical and mechanical property test for snow and ice samples

Areas interesting to interact with

Needs of fine stable temperature condition at 0 degree C
Deign of house air condition system using green energy
Emergency stocks using snow energy and their transportation management
Application of single crystal ice for commercial use
Deep drilling

Intellectual properties

Non-water snow melting system (Patent 2007-3998145)
Liquid solidification, ice making method and its device (Patent 2012-5135576)

  • Fig. 1. Clear single ice crystalFig. 1. Clear single ice crystal
  • Fig. 2. Snow melting system by laying special tilesFig. 2. Snow melting system by laying special tiles
  • Fig 3. House equipping 30 ton snow storage for air conditioningFig 3. House equipping 30 ton snow storage for air conditioning
  • Fig 4. Small stream cooling unit using snow melting waterFig 4. Small stream cooling unit using snow melting water
  • Fig 5. Risk estimation of house by roof snow load utilized GIS during combined disaster both earthquake and heavy snowFig 5. Risk estimation of house by roof snow load utilized GIS during combined disaster both earthquake and heavy snow
  • Fig. 6. Ice bullet gun for harmful birds repellenceFig. 6. Ice bullet gun for harmful birds repellence
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