E-Mail Newsletter

             Issued by the Asian TOP Panel, April 2003

           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
    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) Equipment Manufacturing Show Opens (Source : CMES)
(2) Beijing held Auto Service Fair (Source : CMES)
(3) Equipment Facility Starts Work (Source : CMES)
(4) Technical Divisions in KSME (Source : KSME)
(5) Daewoo Heavy Industries reborn stronger with Forklifts
    (Source : KSME)
(6) POSCO and Hanlim E & C developed the world's first stainless
    honeycomb panel (Source : KSME)
(7) Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. awarded Seoul-Busan
    High Speed Rail Construction Project (Source : KSME)
(8) SHI, continues to receive large orders (Source : KSME)
(9) Development of Ultra Rapid Cooling and Atomizing Process Utilizing
    Vapor Explosion and Production of Amorphous Metals (Source : JSME)
(10) JSME President and President-elect for 2003 Fiscal Year
     (Source : JSME)


(1)Equipment Manufacturing Show Opens (Source : CMES)

China West International Equipment Manufacturing Exposition, the first
such fair held in western China, opened on March 10 in Xi'an, capital
of northwest Shaanxi Province. Sponsored by Xi'an municipal government
with special support from the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society,
the exhibition attracted more than 1,000 foreign equipment manufacturers
including the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Japan to
display their high-tech products during the three-day exhibition.


(2) Beijing held Auto Service Fair (Source : CMES)

Automechnika China 2003, an international trade fair for car workshops
and service stations equipment, auto spare-parts and accessories, held
from March 11 to 14. More than 300 exhibitors from 15 countries and
regions, including Australia, Germany, Spain and the United States
attended the event. The four-day fair was organized by Messe Frankfurt
in partnership with China International Exhibition Centre Exhibition Co,
the China Auto Maintenance Equipment Trade Association and the China
Auto Repairing Trade Association.


(3)Equipment Facility Starts Work (Source : CMES)

A manufacturing facility set up by the United States-based Universal
Instruments Corp - a supplier of automated electronic assembly
equipment - began operating in Shekou in South China's Guangdong
Province at the weekend.

It is the only manufacturing facility that the corporation has ever
set up outside the United States. It will specialize in research and
development and the production of surface-mount technology equipment,
which has been replacing traditional production lines for electronic
manufacturing enterprises. The facility is expected to help the
company meet the market demand in China and save product delivery
time and operating costs.


(4) Technical Divisions in KSME (Source : KSME)

There are seven Technical Divisions in the Korean Society of Mechanical
Engineers. The Divisions sponsor their own annual or biennial
conference/meetings. Following is a brief list of each Technical
Division's primary areas of interest and the new chairmen appointed for

Materials and Fracture Division
(Chairman: Prof. Young-Jin Kim, SungKyunKwan Univ., yjkim@skku.ac.kr)
- Strength, evaluation and analysis, fatigue, fracture mechanics,
damage fracture, dynamic fracture behavior, micro fracture and material
behavior, composite materials, environmental fracture, pressure vessel
and piping, etc.

Mechanics of Solids and Structures Division
(Chairman: Prof. Young-Sin Lee, Chungnam Univ.,
- Mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics (elasticity, plasticity),
computational mechanics, experimental mechanics, mechanics of
composites, structural design and computer aided engineering, impact
and crash, biomechanics, reliability engineering, etc.

Dynamic and Control Division
(Chairman: Prof. Hyo Whan Chang, Korea Univ., hwchang@korea.ac.kr)
- Dynamics, vibration, noise, instrument, control, kinematics, robotics,
vehicles, complex structures, etc.

Production and Design Division
(Chairman: Prof. Sung-Chung Kim, Chungbuk Univsckim@chungbuk.ac.kr)
- Plastic working, materials removal, casting and forging, die and
injection molding, welding and nontraditional machining process,
CAD/CAM, machine elements and mechanism design, machine tools and
machine system design, knowledge-based and optimal design, lubrication
and wear, bioengineering, micromachines, etc.

Thermal Engineering Division
(Chairman: Prof. Jin Ho Lee, Yonsei Univ., leejh@heat.yonsei.ac.kr)
- Thermo-dynamics, heat and mass transfer, combustion, thermal
properties, environment and pollution, thermal system control and
instrumentation, thermal equipments and heat exchangers, process heat
transfer, refrigeration and cryogenics, etc.

Fluids Engineering Division
(Chairman: Prof. Joo Sung Maeng, Hanyang Univ., jsmaeng@hanyang.ac.kr)
- Fluid mechanics, fluid machinery, turbulence, computational fluid
dynamics, multiphase flow, flow control and instrumentation,
environmental fluids engineering, biofluids engineering, flow-induced
noise, etc.

Energy and Power Engineering Division
(Chairman: Dr. Pyung-Sam Ji, KOSEPCO, jips@kosep.co.kr)
- Internal combustion engines, gas turbine engines, steam power
engineering, new concept engines, fossil/alternative/nuclear energy,
combustion equipment and heat exchangers, air conditioning/
refrigeration, etc.


(5) Daewoo Heavy Industries reborn stronger with Forklifts
    (Source : KSME)

Since its foundation in 1937 under the name of Chosun Works, Daewoo
Heavy Industries and Machinery (DHIM) has become the indisputable heavy
machinery market leader in South Korea by constantly developing new
technology and improving quality. The company graduated from the
workout program and succeeded in standing on its own in November 2001.
DHIM's business areas can be categorized into five units:  diesel
engines, industrial vehicles, machine tools, heavy construction
equipment and defense products. Since DHIM began the forklift truck
business in 1967, it has achieved remarkable progress, expanding its
business areas to include skid steer loaders and telescopic handlers.
It has independently developed main parts for forklift trucks such as
engines, transmissions, hydraulic systems and oil-cooled disc brake
systems, as well as introduced ergonomic designs enhancing the product
image. Currently, it has grown into the nation's largest forklift
truck manufacturer. It produces nearly 100 models of those trucks,
commanding 57.1 percent of the local forklift truck market. The firm
is now the seventh-largest forklift truck supplier in the world, with
5.2 percent market share as of the end of 2001, when it sold 13,519
forklifts in 90 countries worldwide. The company's superior product
quality stems from its efforts to provide the finest goods and
services available by developing environmentally friendly products.
It has been given dozens of local and international certifications,
such as the ISO 9001, the ISO 14001, the CE Noise Directive and the
Eco-Label. Last year, it was awarded with the Korean World-Class
Product Certification from the MOCIE, in recognition of its rapid
development, outstanding technology and expertise as well as
commitment to Korea's exports and national competitiveness. This year
DHIM has allocated 124.4 billion won for R&D and facility investment.
Currently, more than 800 research experts are engaged in R&D
activities at the Central R&D Division and the R&D department of each
business division. The company has pursued a globalization strategy
by establishing nine worldwide subsidiary companies, including Euro
Daewoo in Belgium and DHI Yantai in China, as well as a global dealer
network consisting of 724 units in over 90 countries. DHIM is
targeting 160.3 billion won in operating profit and 84.7 billion won
in current profit on sales of 1.97 trillion won this year.


(6) POSCO and Hanlim E & C developed the world's first stainless
    honeycomb panel (Source : KSME)

POSCO, together with its customer company, Hanlim E & C, has developed
the worldLs first welded stainless honeycomb panel. As high-durability
stainless steel has become a popular construction material for building
exteriors, POSCO and Hanlim E & C developed, in only two short years,

a stainless honeycomb panel that is lighter and flatter than existing
panels. The new honeycomb panel is a fine example of mutual cooperation
between POSCO, with its remarkable skill in processing stainless steel,
and its customer company Hanlim E & C. The existing honeycomb panel,
developed in the U.S. in the 1930s, is an aluminum sheet of hexagonal
structure, bonded to stainless steel sheets much like a sandwich. It
is widely used for the interior and exterior construction of airplanes,
trucks and trains because of its strength and lightweight. The panel's
one shortcoming is that the honeycomb structure, which is bonded to the
steel sheets with an adhesive, can separate over time. Hanlim E & C,
POSCO Technical Research Laboratories and the Research Institute of
Industrial Science and Technology developed the new panel by welding
the stainless steel honeycomb core, which is much stronger than
aluminum, to the external stainless steel sheets. The new honeycomb
panel is more durable and productive than the existing panel and it
is recyclable. Prior to full sales of the new panel, Hanlim E & C
received a Korean patent last January and has applied for patents in
the U.S., Japan, E.U. and China, etc. Since the panel was highly
rated by the International Preliminary Examining Authorities (IPEA)
last year, the patents are expected to be issued soon.


(7) Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. awarded Seoul-Busan
    High Speed Rail Construction Project (Source : KSME)

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. entered into a contract
with Employer, Korea Train Express Corporation on the eleventh of
February, 2002 for Seoul-Busan High Speed Rail Construction Project,
Section 11-3 which he had been awarded by submitting his price proposal
in the amount of 78,900 million Wons only. The work scope is to
construct the railroad and its bed for the project in the total length
of 6,805 meters from Dang-ri, Bukan-myeon to Songsun-ri, Keoncheon-up,
Kyungbuk province and other facilities. The period of the works is 52
months after receiving the notice to proceed the project from the
Employer. The contract type of this project is a consortium which is
made up of Hanjin with 80% of the contract amount and Kukdong
Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. with 20% of that amount. Hereby,
Hanjin takes a good opportunity to show his abilities in the
technology, project management and etc. accumulated from Seoul-Busan
High Speed Rail Construction Project, Section 6-1 (total length of
7,250 meters from Deokam-dong to Sindae-dong, Daeduk-ku, Daejeon City)
which was handed over to the Client at the end of 2002.


(8) SHI, continues to receive large orders (Source : KSME)

Samsung Heavy Industries recently received orders for a total of 8
ships worth $580 million:
an LNG carrier from Qatar's Ras Laffan LNG Co., Ltd. (RasGas), 5
container vessels from Canada's Seaspan Container Lines Ltd., and 2
product carriers (PC) from Italy's Euroceanica CTGM SA. The capacity
of the LNG carrier ordered by Qatar's RasGas is 145,000, 7,000 larger
than the existing 138,000, and RasGas is expected to order 3 more
ships from Samsung. On the other hand, Samsung Heavy Industries has
continuously received orders from Canada's Seaspan Container Lines Ltd.
for the world's largest 8,100 TEU-class super-large container vessels,
which ordered from Samsung five 4,000 TEU-class ships, and seventeen
5,000 TEU-class super-large container vessels in the last 3 years.
These 8,100 TEU-class super-large container vessels are scheduled to be
delivered successively starting next year till the first half of 2005.


(9) Development of Ultra Rapid Cooling and Atomizing Process Utilizing
    Vapor Explosion and Production of Amorphous Metals (Source : JSME)

    Masahiro Furuya
    Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, CRIEPI

Vapor explosion has been regarded as an industrial disaster, since it
generates catastrophic mechanical energy as a result of rapid cooled
and fragmented finely.
Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) proposes
CANOPUS method, which is innovative rapid cooling and liquid atomization
process utilizing a sustainable small-scale spontaneous vapor explosion
with a vapor explosion promoter as a quenchant. In this manner, one can
utilize vapor explosion securely and efficiently to produce the fine
amorphous powder. The cooling rate of the CANOPUS method was up to
1.5~108K/s, which was 280 times higher than that of the SWAP method
and was several thousands times higher than that of the widely-used gas
atomizing method. The CANOPUS method allows us to produce amorphous
materials with excellent tenacious, corrosion resistant, and soft
magnetic properties for more practical use, which was difficult to
amorphize by other cooling methods so for.
CANOPUS method is suitable for atomizing as well as cooling process.
For instance, the mora coal gasification slug is difficult to handle
from morphological point of view (need shape) and to atomize such
highly viscous slug (18pas) at a nozzle or in a mill. CANOPUS method
was successfully applied to the slug, resulting in 30 micrometer
powders, which can be used for one of the raw materials of cement.


(10) JSME President and President-elect for 2003 Fiscal Year
     (Source : JSME)

The JSME President and President-elect for 2003 fiscal year were elected
at the Plenary Meeting on April 12, 2003 as follows.
The new leading officers at the JSME Secretariat have also been
nominated since the beginning of April.

 Mr. Shigeho TANAKA
 Chairman of the board of directors
 at Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science

 Professor at Keio University

The JSME Secretariat
Executive Board Director, Management:
 Mr. Yukio TAKAHASHI (takahasi@jsme.or.jp)
 Mr. Kiyokazu FUKUZAWA (fukuzawa@jsme.or.jp)
Assistant Secretary:
 Mr. Masahiro SUYAMA (suyama@jsme.or.jp)

Editor: Shin Morishita, International Affairs Committee
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