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Joichi Sugimura Last modified date:2018.03.27

Professor / Machine design and bionic systems
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering

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Undergraduate School
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Tribology and Machine Design Laboratories .
Mechanical Engineering Departments .
Academic Degree
Doctor of Engineering
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
tribology, machine elements, machine design, hydrogen engineering
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
His research and educational fields are machine design and tribology. He worked on a variety of roughness-related tribology problems, including running-in, fractal modeling for hydrodynamic lubrication, wear processes, and ultra-thin film lubrication. He also studied non-steady state elastohydrodynamic lubrication in the UK and Japan, to which was awarded 1998 ASME Tribology Division Best Paper Award. His recent interests are hydrogen effects, thin film lubrication with nano and micro texture, fluid transportation in seals, grease lubricatoin, etc. He was the chief of the hydrogen refueling station project, and worked to investigate the accident that occurred in late 2005. He led the hydrogen tribology team for a NEDO project "Fundamental Research Project on Advanced Hydrogen Science" in National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.
He teaches machine design and descriptive geometry to undergraduates, and tribology and advanced energy engineering in graduate school. He was the head of Department of Mechanical Engineering Science of Graduate School of Engineering from April 2009 to March 2010, the head of Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems of Graduate School of Engineering from April 2010 till March 2011, and is the director of Research Center for Hydrogen Industrial Use and Storage from April 2013.
He works for academic societies as the member of many committees. He also takes the role of associate editors of four international journals, a chief of the seal techinical committee of the Japanese Society of Tribologists, and a chairman of the JAST Tribology Conference 2013-10 Fukuoka.
Research Interests
  • Tribology in hydrogen
    keyword : tribology, hydrogen, lubrication, wear, bearing, seal
    2003.04Tribology in hydrogen environment.
  • Thin film lubrication with multi-scale surface roughness
    keyword : tribology, surface roughness, texture, thin film lubrication, hydrodynamic lubrication, gas, lubricant, optical interferometry
    1998.04Effect of nano surface roughness in thin mixed film lubrication.
  • Mechanics of grease lubrication
    keyword : tribology, grease, lubrication, thickener, non-steady state, multi-phase flow
    2009.04Effects of pavement roughness on rolling-sliding traction of rubber materials.
  • Lubrication and fluid transfer in radial shaft seals
    keyword : tribology, oil seal, surface roughness, sealing, lubrication, gas
    2002.04Mechanisms of lubrication and sealing of rotational shaft seals.
  • Generation of wear particles and worn surfaces
    keyword : tribology, wear, surface roughness
    1999.04Mechanisms of wear particles and surface generation.
Academic Activities
Membership in Academic Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
Educational Activities
for graduate students:
Hydrogen Engineering
Advanced Energy Engieering II
Seminar on hydrogen engineering I
Communication for hydrogen engineering I
Investigation on hydrogen engineering

for undergraduates:
Machine Design I and Tutorials
Descriptive geometry
Machine Design (for international course)
Japanese communication
Professional and Outreach Activities
Editor, Tribology Online, Japanese Society of Tribologists
Chief Editor of Journal of Japanese Society of Tribologists (2009)
Member of Editorial Board, Tribology International
Member of Editorial Board, Lubrication Science
Chairman, Committee for Information and Publicity, World Tribology Congress 2009
Chairman, Annual Meeting, Kyushu Branch, Japanese Society for Mechanical Engineers Mach 2011
Track Organizer, World Tribology Congress 2013
Chairman, Tribology Conference 2013 Autumn Fukuoka
Associate Editor, Journal of Tribology, ASME
Editor, Journal of Japanese Society of Tribologists.