Site: Nippon Steel Corporation
Advanced Technology Research Laboratories
1618 IDA, Nakaharu-ku
Kawasaki 211, Japan
Date Visited: October 1996
Hosts: Dr. Kenji Kubomura, General Manager, Chief Researcher, Chemicals
Dr. Eng. Hironori Maikuma, Manager, Carbon Fiber Composite Division
Masatoshi Furuyama, Senior Researcher, CF-GFRP Group Leader
Summary: Research and development of carbon fiber based products for civil infrastructure, including tendons, cables, reinforcing elements, high modulus sheet materials for concrete retrofit (with Tonen) and NOMST material for shield cuttable systems.


Nippon Steel is one of the world's largest producers of crude steel, but it has been aggressively pursuing the advanced composites market, both as a supplier of pitch based carbon fiber and carbon fiber based products (such as rollers, structural profiles, rods, cables etc.) and as a producer of materials that could replace steel in the future. Research and development is conducted through the Technical Development Bureau of which the Advanced Technology Research Laboratories are an integral part. These laboratories are based in Kawasaki, Sagamihara, Hikari and Futtu. Research is conducted in the areas of electronic materials, circuit design, chemicals (composites falls into this area), advanced ceramics and metals, materials analysis and computational simulation, and activities for the future (including genetic engineering and mesoscopic materials).


Published: October 1998; WTEC Hyper-Librarian