Young Faculty:Associate Professor Takayuki Yamada


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Associate Professor Takayuki Yamada, Yamada lab, Institute of Engineering Innovation


2020-Present: Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
2012-2020:  Assistant Professor, Kyoto University
2010-2012: Assistant Professor, Nagoya University
2008-2010: Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering, Kyoto University. (Doctor Course)
2007-2008: Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering, Kyoto University. (Master Course)
2005-2007: Undergraduate school of engineering science, Kyoto University.
2000-2005: Department of mechanical engineering, Gifu National College of Technology.

<About the Research>
We construct a novel theory of design engineering based on mathematics, mechanics, and informatics. Additionally, we study applications for mechanical products by using our theories. At present, we focus on the following topics. 

  •  Going beyond the framework of topology optimization to the generation of mechanical systems
  •  An integrated theory of mechanics, design, and manufacturing
  •  Discover extraordinary devices and materials

 【Going beyond the framework of topology optimization to the generation of mechanical systems】
Structural optimization is a structural design method based on mathematics and mechanics. The structural optimization methods are classified as sizing, shape and topology optimization. Especially, topology optimization has the highest design freedom among these methods. We have presented a novel topology optimization method based on the level set method to overcome several issues in traditional approaches. Additionally, based on our method, we have presented several optimum design methods, such as actuators design, wing design of an airplane, maximizing eigenfrequency problem, material design with negative Poisson’s ratio, cloaking device design, and heat device design. However, all of them have been limited to the downstream design phase of the design, such as the design of a single device or material structure, and have not resulted in a design that considers the entire mechanical system. In the future, we are working on the construction of a design theory that can generate the entire mechanical system, including a multi-phase design theory that takes each design phase into account.

<An integrated theory of mechanics, design, and manufacturing>
Although topology optimization can generate design solutions based on physics and mathematics, it often results in design solutions with geometrical complex substructures. Therefore, when manufacturing and assembly processes are taken into account, the design solution obtained by topology optimization is not an engineering-appropriate design solution and is not an optimal design solution from an engineering perspective. In this laboratory, we are conducting "Construction of geometric mathematical models for design and production and optimization of design and production systems" and "Development of mathematical models for various design phases and production requirements" in order to construct methodologies to create optimal design solutions from an engineering perspective.

<Discover extraordinary devices and materials>
In recent years, man-made materials, called metamaterials, have attracted much attention for their unique properties that homogeneous materials in nature do not exhibit. We have been developing metamaterials with novel functions and mechanisms for a wide range of physical phenomena such as wave propagation problems, heat propagation problems, and fluid problems. For this purpose, we introduce multiscale analysis methods, mainly homogenization methods, which can efficiently evaluate the performance of metamaterials, and topology optimization.

<Future aspirations>
I would like to publish research results that bring dreams and hopes to society through innovative approaches and innovative ideas.

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