Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
The department offers programs leading to the Master of Engineering and Ph D degrees with a major in aerospace engineering. Students are expected to become engineers and researchers with understanding of aerospace engineering from an international perspective. Students will subsequently to be able to contribute to a number of different cuttingedge industries, including, but not limited to, aerospace engineering.
The programs are categorized in the following six research fields :
- Aerodynamics and fluid dynamics field includes experimental studies in hydrodynamic stability, laminar turbulent transition, wall turbulence, aeroacoustics and flow control, and numerical studies in aircraft spacecraft design.
- Materials and structures field is categorized into areas of development of new light metals and composite materials, mechanical property analysis of high-performance materials and the structural mechanics of satellites. Finite element analysis, numerical methods and experimental works are performed.
- Propulsion systems field is focused on pushing the boundaries of aircraft gas turbine engine and rocket engine systems, and spacecraft propulsion technology, based on the physics of thermal fluids.
- Guidance, control and dynamics field includes theoretical, numerical and experimental studies on dynamics and control of spacecraft and aircraft, with special attention given to electrodynamic tether systems, space elevator, autonomous free-flying space robots, control moment gyros, underactuated spacecraft, formation flying, air traffic management, and trajectory optimization and data analysis.
- Systems design engineering field includes researches on design methodologies and their application for components and systems of aircraft and spacecraft.
- Space utilization technology field concerns research and development of advanced capabilities in remote sensing, satellite communications and key elemental technologies for space systems, to bring space closer to our lives.
The cooperative graduate school programs with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT) also allow students to be supervised by guest professors in these research institutes.
Students are carefully guided to study a wide range of basic knowledge as well as skills to solve the practical problems. The department also aims at cultivating global engineers through joint research with foreign universities and aerospace institutes. Furthermore, students are highly encouraged to take up the challenge of developing nextgeneration aerospace technologies.
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