E-Mail Newsletter

                               No. 11

             Issued by the Asian TOP Panel, November 2002.

           The Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES)
           The Institution of Engineers, Indonesia (PII)
           The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)
           The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME)


About the Asian TOP Panel (ATOP)

    On August 29, 2001, presidents of four engineering societies
gathered in Japan to pave the way for stepped-up collaboration. They
are Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, Institution of Engineers
Indonesia, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Korean Society of
Mechanical Engineers.

    They agreed to establish the Asian TOP Panel (ATOP), which is a
voluntary body and open to any Asian engineering society and
institution. At the first meeting, they decided to issue monthly E-mail
newsletter which you are reading now. It will carry short technical
news of Asian countries, and be distributed to all individual members
of the ATOP societies and institutions.

    ATOP will meet every two years. The next meeting will be held in
Korea in 2003.



(1) The 7th International Welding and Cutting Fair (Source: CMES).
(2) The International Conference on Electronic Business (Source: CMES).
(3) Brazilian Society of Non-destructive Testing visited CMES
@  (Source: CMES).
(4) The 11th World Congress on Theory of Machine & Mechanisms
    (Source: CMES).
(5) Manufacturing China'2002 (Source: CMES).
(6) Joint Venture of NC Machine Tools Built in Beijing (Source: CMES).
(7) Development of continuous speciation monitor of mercury
    (Source: JSME).
(8) Intra-Body Communication Technique (Source: JSME).
(9) WE-NET Project (Source: JSME).
(10) Standard for Computational Mechanics Engineer and Its
     Certification (Source: JSME).


(1) The 7th International Welding and Cutting Fair (Source: CMES).

    The 7th International Welding and Cutting Fair, namely, Beijing
Essen Welding '2002 will be held in Beijing Exhibition Center, November
5-6, 2002. There will be over 300 companies and enterprises from 17
countries and areas attending this great fair. The area of the
exhibition will be over 25000 m2. During the show 40,000 professional
visitors from Asian and Pacific area are expected there.


(2) The International Conference on Electronic Business (Source: CMES).

    Mr. Qi Ershi, Member of Standing Council, Chairman of Industry
Engineering Institution, CMES and Mr. Wang Ruigang, the deputy general
secretary of CMES met with the participants from Hong Kong and Taiwan
attending the International Conference on Electronic Business on Sept.
19, 2002 in Beijing.
    They exchanged the ideas about the academic exchange, technique
training, personnel qualification authentication friendly. They all
agree that China has become a big manufacturing country now. Chinese
engineers have the responsibility to help Chinese enterprises to
promote their technical and managing level by applying the industry
engineering technology. They all agree to ally in developing
enterprises forum, popularizing the industry engineering technology.


(3) Brazilian Society of Non-destructive Testing visited CMES
    (Source: CMES).

    Mr. Jose Santaella Redorat Jr. President of Brazilian Society of
Non-destructive Testing visited Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society
headquarters on August 8, 2002. Mr. Geng Rongsheng, member of standing
council, chairman of Non-destructive Testing Institution of CMES and
Mr. Zhang Qiang, deputy general secretary of CMES had a talk with him.
They discussed the activities in international non-destructive field,
the development of training and qualification authentication for
non-destructive testing working staff and the preparation of the 17th
World Non-destructive Congress which will be held in 2008 in Shanghai,
China undertaken by Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society.


(4) The 11th World Congress on Theory of Machine & Mechanisms
    (Source: CMES).

    Prof. Kenneth J. Waldron, the chairman of Federation for the Theory
of Machine & Mechanisms (IFTOMM) was invited to visit Tianjin and
Beijing on August 4 to 8, 2002.  The main topic of their discussion is
the preparation of the 11th World Congress on Theory of Machine &
Mechanisms. The Chinese Committee of IFTOMM also held a talk about the
routine work with him.
    The 11th World Congress on Theory of Machine & Mechanisms will be
held in Tianjin on August 18-21, 2003 which is the first time to be held
in China.


(5) Manufacturing China'2002 (Source: CMES).

    China International Manufacturing Technology & Equipment Exhibition
(Manufacturing China'2002) approved by Ministry of Science and
Technology of People's Republic of China will be held in Shenzhen on
November 29, to December 2, 2002. The Chairman of Advisory Committee of
this exhibition are Mr. Lu Yongxiang, President of Chinese Academy of
Science, President of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, and Mr.
Lu Yansun, Member of the Financial & Economic Committee of the National
People's Congress, Vice-chairman of Standing Council of China Machinery
Industry Federation.
    This is the first professional exhibition in such a big scale held
in south China organized by CMES during past 20 years. This exhibition
has set up Automation and Instrumentation Exposition, Information
Technology for Manufacturing Industry Exposition and Machine Tool &
Mould Technology Exposition.
    During this show there will be also a high level forum titled "Die
& Mould with China Manufacturing Industry." The famous experts in die
and mould industry are invited to give excellent report about the
newest concepts of the mould design and relative technology.
    Welcome all the enterprises and the companies in the manufacturing
industry home and abroad join us and contact CMES to get more
information about the exhibition at 0086-10-68595320.


(6) Joint Venture of NC Machine Tools Built in Beijing (Source: CMES).

    A Sino-Japanese joint venture producing numerically-controlled
machine tools broke ground on Oct.18 in Beijing.
    Located in the Linhe Industrial Development Zone, the new company
is jointly funded by China's Beijing No. 1 Machine Tool Plant and the
Japanese numerically-controlled machine tool maker, Okuma. Total
investment of the venture amounts to 330 million yuan (39.76 million US
    Wang Jisheng, chairman of the joint venture, said the company would
become China's largest numerically-controlled machine tool production
base with an annual capacity of 1,000 units. Official production is
expected to start at the end of October, 2003.


(7) Development of continuous speciation monitor of mercury
    (Source: JSME).

    Naoki Noda, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry

    Mercury takes particulate, oxidized and elemental forms in
combustion flue gases. Since these chemical forms have great influence
on the behavior of mercury, speciation is necessary to study its
reaction in flue gas streams, behavior in processes, removal
efficiencies in facilities, etc.
    CRIEPI has developed a continuous speciation monitor of mercury
vapors in collaboration with Nippon Instruments Corporation. This
monitor recovers oxidized mercury in an absorbent such as KCl or HNO3
and reduces it to elemental form using tin chloride to measure with
cold-vapor atomic absorption spectroscopy (CVAAS). Elemental mercury
penetrates the absorbent is measured using another CVAAS. As the acid
gases such as SO2, HCl, and NO interfere the measurement, HNO3/H2O2 is
placed to removal them in the upstream of CVAAS. The monitor was
applied to simulated and actual coal combustion gases containing
interferences. The result showed good agreement with the measurements
of Ontario Hydro method and Japanese Industrial Standard.


(8) Intra-Body Communication Technique (Source: JSME).

    Hiroshi Hosaka, The University of Tokyo

    The personal area network requires a wireless communication system
for exchanging various kinds of information among wearable electronic
devices. Intra-body communication using the human body as a
transmission medium allows wireless communication without using
airborne radio waves. Since signals pass through human bodies,
electromagnetic noise and obstacles have little influence on the
transmission and signals do not leak through the skin. These are
characteristics that are superior to those of other radio techniques
such as Bluetooth and IrDA. In this article, a newly developed
transmission device that uses a high-frequency carrier wave is
introduced. In this device, the input signal is frequency-modulated
with a carrier wave of 10.7MHz. This is the middle frequency of FM
radios and the ICs for modulation are widespread. The sizes of both the
transmitter and the receiver are 30mm by 30mm. Stainless steel was
selected as the metal for electrodes that interface the human body and
the device; the electrodes were placed in a wrist belt. When the
sinusoidal wave of 440 Hz is transmitted between an elbow and a wrist,
intra-body communication showed much better S/N ratio than the
air-borne communication did.


(9) WE-NET Project (Source: JSME).

    Yukio Ishigaki, Chief Officer,
    Hydrogen Energy Systems Technology Development Department,
    New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

    R&D target of hydrogen refueling station in the WE-NET phase II
program is "to develop and demonstrate a small scale of test system with
hydrogen supply capacity of 30Nm3/h, equivalent to about one tenth of
actual scale, in order to establish the element technology and system
technology of hydrogen refueling station for the purpose of fuel supply
to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles."
    In February of the 2002 fiscal year, we installed two on-site types
of hydrogen refueling systems (Natural gas reforming type (Osaka) and
PEM water electrolysis type (Takamatsu)), and furthermore Bi-production
type of hydrogen refueling station as off-site system in July of the
2002 fiscal year.
    Apart from the WE-NET project, five hydrogen refueling stations for
Japan Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Demonstration Project will be installed in
the area of Tokyo within this fiscal year.


(10) Standard for Computational Mechanics Engineer and Its
     Certification (Source: JSME).

    Shinobu Yoshimura, Professor, Institute of Environmental Studies,
    The University of Tokyo
    Chairman, Committee of Standard for Computational Mechanics
    Engineer and Its Certification

    Computational mechanics technology progresses dramatically. In
accordance with the dissemination of numerous well-qualified commercial
computational mechanics software, more people who are not experts of
computational mechanics have a chance to perform computational
mechanics analysis with them. It looks easy for non-expert engineers to
utilize such CM software because of its high-quality graphical user
interface and several embedded robust algorithms. However, it often
happens to get wrong answer if they use wrong mesh subdivision or wrong
boundary condition. Thus computational mechanics engineers must have a
certain level of qualified knowledge and techniques in order to perform
appropriate CM analyses.
    The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers is considering to
establish the Standard for Computational Mechanics Engineers and to
supply a certain amount of CM education systems. This article briefly
summarizes those recent activities.


Editor: Yukio YAMADA, International Affairs Committee
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