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Theme : "Mechanical Engineering Congress, 2018 Japan (MECJ-18)"

  1. Preface
    Masaaki MOTOZAWA, Sadao KUROSAWA
  2. Biomimetic consideration of means to catch fluid forces
    Yoshihiro KUBOTA, Osamu MOCHIZUKI (Toyo University)
  3. Technical Section on Plasma Actuators - Activities in the Past 5 Years and Future Prospects -
    Takehiko SEGAWA (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), Koji FUKAGATA (Keio University), Takashi MATSUNO (Tottori University), Taku NONOMURA (Tohoku University), Naofumi OHNISHI (Tohoku University)
  4. Study of Flow Control by Trial and Error Learning Approach
    Hitoshi ISHIKAWA (Tokyo University of Science)
  5. Thrust Vector Control of Transonic and Supersonic Under-Expanded Jets
    Toshihiko SHAKOUCHI (Mie University)
  6. Active Boundary Layer Control by Jets in a Crossflow
    Hiroaki HASEGAWA (Utsunomiya University)
  7. Micro-tomographic Visualization of Capillary Blood Flow Velocity using Multi-Functional Optical Coherence Tomography
    Souichi SAEKI, Daisuke FURUKAWA (Osaka City University), Takafumi ITO, Yoshiaki NISHINO (Takaoka Toko Co., Ltd.)
  8. Application of multi-functional OCT to diagnose skin mechanics ~Visualization of skin vasculature~ 
    Yusuke HARA (Shiseido Global Innovation Center), Souichi SAEKI (Osaka City University)


Biomimetic consideration of means to catch fluid forces

Yoshihiro KUBOTA
Toyo University

Toyo University


Two big companies of East Europe provide canoes for competitive use. The canoeing athletes have had to choose one of them.  However, it is hard to use either for Japanese athletes because of mismatch between their build and the canoe.  For supporting them by means of engineering, a new style canoe is necessary to be designed from a point of views of fluid dynamics, biomimetics and human engineering toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.  There are targets of this project: to use fluid forces to make up to them for less power, to reduce drag by biomimetics and fluid dynamics, and to fit the body to the canoe.  The process to make it real in three years until 2020 is as follows: 1) to design a concept canoe by only engineering consideration, 2) to know the advantage, 3) to fill the gap by feedback from the impression of canoeists, 4) to redesign it for the actual competitions, 5) to check the functions so that the concepts work, and finally 6) to complete the practical canoe with excellent performance in accordance with our concept.

Key words

bio-mimetics, design, canoe, unsteady flow, harmony


Fig. 1 Japan made canoe “MITSUHA”

Last Update:2.22.2019