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                  ENGINEERING NEWS IN BRIEF
                        E-Mail Newsletter

                               No.17
             Issued by the Asian TOP Panel, May 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)

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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.

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[Contents]

(1) International Fishing Tackle Fair to be Held in Shandong
    (Source : CMES)
(2) Buyout to Boost Technology (Source : CMES)
(3) Guangdong to Hold Mechanical & Electrical Expo (Source : CMES)
(4) KSME 2003 Spring Annual Conference (Source : KSME)
(5) Government unveils plan to promote nanotech (Source : KSME)
(6) POSCO and Hanlim E & C developed the world's first stainless
    honeycomb panel (Source : KSME)
(7) Shipbuilders eye high-tech business (Source : KSME)
(8) Development of Parallel CAE system ADVENTURECluster (Source : JSME)
(9) Micro-probe for Nano-CMM Based on Optical Radiation Pressure
    (Source : JSME)

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(1) International Fishing Tackle Fair to be Held in Shandong
    (Source : CMES)

The 2003 international fishing tackle fair will be held in Weihai, East
China's Shandong Province, from June 19 to 21, organizers said on Apr.17.
The fair will exhibit marine fishing tackle and feature related trade
talks, as well as showcase new products, technology and fishing tackle
materials.
So far, over 170 domestic and overseas businesses have applied to attend
the fair which will be organized jointly by the fishing tackle branch of
the China Recreational and Sport Goods Association and the local Weihai
government.

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(2) Buyout to Boost Technology (Source : CMES)

The Dalian Machine Tool Group has bought the production division of a
US machine tool company, the Chinese manufacturer announced in Beijing
on Apr.17.
The buyout is the first such acquisition in the history of China's
machine tool industry.
The contract for the acquisition was signed last October but the group
only announced the news of 17th, on the second day of the Eighth China
International Machine Tool Show in Beijing.
The former Production Machines Division of the American Ingersoll
Milling Machine Co - a 115-year-old firm based in Rockford, Illinois -
has been renamed American Ingersoll Production Systems. The division
has become a wholly owned US-based subsidiary of the Dalian group.
Since its establishment in October last year, Ingersoll Production
Systems has already received orders worth nearly US$20 million from
General Motors and Ford.
The group fully trusts the management team of its US subsidiary. The US
management team will independently manage and operate Ingersoll
Production Systems.
Through the strong partnership forged by the acquisition, the Dalian
group will be able to offer its clients a wider range of products and
services, from completely US-manufactured advanced machine tools,
jointly developed products with competitive prices to Chinese-made
products with US technology and standards.
Moreover, the Dalian group will use Ingersoll Production Systems as its
overseas base for research and development, training and capital
operations. Through cost reductions, it will build the US-based company
into a springboard for the Dalian group's products to enter the European
and US markets.

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(3) Guangdong to Hold Mechanical & Electrical Expo (Source : CMES)


The 2003 China (Jiangmen) Mechanical and Electrical Expo is to be held
from April 25 to 26 in Jiangmen, a Pearl River Delta city in South
China's Guangdong Province.
Co-sponsored by Guangdong Provincial Economic and Trade Commission and
the Jiangmen city government, the expo will be a platform for showcasing
the city's pillar industry products, ranging from household appliances
to stainless steel hardware, from motorcycles and spare parts to
water-heating facilities.

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(4) KSME 2003 Spring Annual Conference (Source : KSME)

The KSME 2003 Spring Annual Conference has been held from April 23 (Wed.)
to April 25 (Fri.), 2003 at the Korea Maritime University in Busan.
The scientific program consisted of 1 invited lecture, 63 regular
sessions including special sessions, and 19 poster sessions. The invited
lecture was presented by Mr. Yoo, Sam-Nam, the former Minister of the
Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries (MOMAF), and the topic was "The
Sea and Human Life". The total number of papers presented was 382 and
the number of participants was about 550. The reception was held on the
evening of April 24 (Thurs.) by the Korea Maritime University at a
maritime training ship, Hanbada.

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(5) Government unveils plan to promote nanotech (Source : KSME)

The Ministry of Science and Technology has recently drafted a plan to
promote nanotechnology (NT) that includes forming a special committee
under the presidential science and technology panel. The envisioned NT
committee will be established under the National Science and Technology
Council, the nation`s top science policymaking body, which is headed by
President Roh Moo-hyun. Chaired by the Vice-Minister, the special
committee will consist of 25 government officials and private experts.
The proposal also calls on the Ministry to set up a long-term plan to
develop NT every five years and present it to the committee. NT is a
branch of micro-science that deals with "nanometer," or one-billionth
of a meter. Scientists say that the technology will open up a brand-new
world for human life and industry. Under the initiative, the science
ministry will come up with strategies to amalgamate NT with other
high-technology fields such as biotechnology (BT) and information
technology (IT) in order to carve out innovative technology-related
businesses.
The Ministry will also establish an NT consultative group designed to
work out policy proposals and promote research. The panel will include
30 experts from educational, industrial and research sectors.
The Ministry will also inform other government branches of the status
of NT research and development in Korea every year to help them
establish and enforce related policies.  In addition, the Ministry
will issue forecasts of supply and demand for NT-related human
resources every three years, while the Ministry-affiliated
institutions will conduct regular surveys on NT research equipments
and facilities.  The Ministry said it will work with the Ministry of
Education and Human Resources Development and the Ministry of Commerce,
Industry and Energy to establish a set of new measurement standards in
the field and build up an educational infrastructure to nurture experts.

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(6) Mando Corp. signs deal on U.S, plant (Source : KSME)

Mando Corp. announced in April, 2003 that it inked a deal with Opelika
city, Alabama to build an automotive parts manufacturing plant in the
U.S. city. Mando expects the new plant, whose construction will start
May 27, 2003 for completion in May next year, to serve as a key auto
parts provider to a Hyundai Motor plant in the same state. A Mando
official said that the new plant will also help boost the company`s
sales to U.S. automakers by enhancing its competitiveness in the local
market.

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(7) Shipbuilders eye high-tech business (Source : KSME)

Considered one of Korea`s oldest industries, the shipbuilding sector is
now looking to maintain its competitive edge in this high-tech age by
investing in advanced technologies, according to industry sources
yesterday. Field leaders like Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering,
Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries - all of which
are having very prosperous years with a record number of shipbuilding
orders - have recently announced their plans to tap into new trades
like robot building and the Internet. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine
Engineering on April 29 opened a research center for robots in Yong-in,
thereby declaring the start of its ultra high-tech robot business.
In the short term, the company plans to replace manpower with a
computerized mechanical workforce in manufacturing ships, but eventually
it will produce self-dependent robots for multifunctional uses in
society, it said. Daewoo plans to invest 30 billion won ($24.7 million)
over the next 10 years into the project, while also working on
completing process innovation, a systems integration model, by 2005,
thus becoming the first in the shipbuilding sector to install the
program. Samsung Heavy Industries, global leader in large container
ships, also announced it would inject 6 billion won into developing a
"virtual simulation system" for shipbuilding by 2004. The futuristic
project will make it possible to test the construction process for
ships virtually, thus saving on the cost of real labor by up to 30
billion won per year. The company already installed Internet-based
"3-D CAD (computer-aided design)" last year, which helped boost its
productivity by up to 50 percent.  Hyundai Heavy Industries said it
would enter the high-tech cruise ship manufacturing business by 2010,
while also boosting non-shipbuilding related trade like plant
construction to lower the shipbuilding share in its total income from
the current 52.4 percent to 26.3 percent.

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(8) Development of Parallel CAE system ADVENTURECluster (Source : JSME)

    Hiroshi AKIBA, Allied Engineering Corporation
    Toru KURISU, Mazda Motor Corporation

ADVENTURE system is a distributed parallel structural FEA system, which
was developed by JSPS ADVENTURE project, and freely released on March
2002.
ADVENTURECluster has been developed based on ADVENTURE system. Intensive
enhancement has been made, such as implementation of CAD kernel,
reinforcement of the mesh generator and the user interfaces, and the
newly developed fast static analysis solver (CGCG method) and
eigensolver (CGCGPI method), etc.
Here, an analysis of an automobile engine by the CGCGPI eigensolver of
ADVENTURECluster is presented. The analysis is performed, as a
pioneering work on NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) problem, for a
motorcar's 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which has as large as 7.9
millions of DOF mesh. The calculation time was about 5 hours to
calculate 18 eigen modes using NEC's 32-Pentium III-processor cluster
machine.
Allied Engineering Corp and Mazda Motor Corp are making efforts together,
trying to establish practical application of large scale analyses in
the automobile design, including this work.

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(9) Micro-probe for Nano-CMM Based on Optical Radiation Pressure
    (Source : JSME)

    Yasuhiro Takaya, Osaka University

Various type of microsystems such as micromechanical system,
microoptical system, MEMS, MOEMS(Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical System)
have been developed. To assess geometrical quantities of micromachined
3-D shape based on coordinate metrology with nanometer order accuracy,
nano-CMM as a three dimensional coordinate measuring machine with the
measuring range of mm and accuracy of nm order is required. As the
microprobe satisfying harsh requirements for nano-CMM, we have been
developed the laser trapping probe whose principle is based on the
single-beam gradient-force optical trapping technique and the Linnik
type microscope interferometer. We employ an optically trapped 8m
spacer silica particle as the probe sphere, which has a low spring
constant of about 10-5N/m.
The work reported in this topics deals with fundamental characteristics
and measurements of a glass microsphere with National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) traceable mean diameter of 168}8.4m.
Positional detection is based on displacement of a microprobe sphere
caused by external forces at the position where it approximates to a
workpiece. Linnik interferometer performs sensing this displacement
with high accuracy. Measurement results of the glass microsphere
demonstrate a potentiality of the laser trapping probe as a positional
detection probe for the nano-CMM.

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Editor: Shin Morishita, International Affairs Committee
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