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  • How to Plan and Implement Seismic Isolation for Buildings

    Edited by The Japan Society of Seismic Isolation 148 x 210mm, pp. 130, 6,200 yen, 2013.

    This is an English translation of the Japanese book called, “How to Plan and Implement Seismic Isolation for Buildings,” which has been popular for a long period of time since it was first published as a textbook for beginner engineers. This translated edition contains new information and knowledge about technology developed since the publication of the Japanese edition. Outlines of seismic isolation as well as basic knowledge about how to think and proceed with planning, design, construction and maintenance are clearly explained on facing pages. Appendices include terminology related to seismic isolation, a history of seismically-isolated structures, and a list of device manufacturers. The book is intended for practitioners who are involved in planning, design and execution of seismically isolated buildings.

    Contents
    Preface/ What is Seismic Isolation?/ Considerations in Planning for Seismically-Isolated Buildings/ Design of Seismically-Isolated Buildings/ Construction of Seismically-Isolated Buildings/ Appendix: Terminology for seismic isolation/ History of the seismically isolated structure/ List of Manufacturers of Devices for Seismic Isolation Systems in Japan
  • Guide of Thermal Storage Technology
    This book describes thermal storage technologies, which is one of the important energy saving approaches involved in air-conditioning, and outlines every aspect of thermal storage beginning with the current global environment, the history of thermal storage systems and principles of heat pumps, up to concepts and design methods of water and ice thermal storage systems. One of the benefits of this book is its easy-to-understand descriptions featuring diverse illustrations and charts and, so to speak, its thematic self-contained chapters. The book will be a helpful guide for people wanting to learn more about thermal storage technology, which is often considered to be "difficult to understand" or "too complex" despitse its long history. This book was written mainly for junior equipment engineers and equipment engineering students.
  • Frontiers of Materials Science
    The book covers a wide area ranging from the basic principles familiar in materials science and engineering to practical applications and is expected to serve as a first course text for graduate students, researchers, and engineers engaged in this field. Some chapters are added on the novel materials processing operations and recent topics attracting deep interest of researchers and engineers in the iron and steel industry. Chapter 1 provides information on the stability and time evolution of microstructure in metals and the related principles in statistical thermodynamics. Chapter 2 presents the structure and properties of anodic films on aluminum and micro- and nano-technologies based on anodizing. Chapter 3 is devoted to explain the hydrogen behavior in BCC metals. Chapter 4 describes some features of high-temperature oxidation and corrosion of metals and alloys used in, for example, engines and turbines working at very high temperatures. Chapter 5 is concerned with advanced high-temperature energy materials such as heat resistant ferritic steel and ODS ferritic steel. In Chapter 6, we introduce the basic principles in corrosion engineering. We describe the development of microstructure and its design in Chapter 7 focusing on the solidification of molten metal, peritectic reaction under supercooling condition and grain growth. Chapter 8 treats transport phenomena occurring in the conventional steelmaking reactors such as the converter and ladle. In Chapter 9, we describe environment-friendly titanium with special emphasis on its characteristics, resources, industrial production process currently used, and new production processes. Chapter 10 discusses how to recuperate material and energy for an ecological network.
  • Advanced Information Technology
    Broadband Internet Deployment in Japan

    Japan is well-known as the country where the penetration ratio of the intelligent cellular phone system is large. In 2007, it was reported that in the cellular phone system in Japan, the total volume of data traffic became larger than that of voice traffic and, in 2011, the telecommunication infrastrucure is going to be converged with broadcasting infrastructure. 2011 is called as the first year of the full digital age. Towards 2011, the following technical challenges may arise: 1. Development and deployment of end to end architecture on the existing complex IPv4 Internet, 2. Development of Japanese infrastructure that is globally competitive and globally interoperabe, 3. Development of new applications and new business models in the ubiquitous networking environment, 4. Development of Internet systems as a social infrastructure, 5. Integration with the real-space (i.e., integration of physical space and cyber space), 6. NGN (Next Generation Network) and FMC(Fixed Mobile Convergence), 7. Development and deployment of the unwired Internet environment. In order to progress the actions listed above, strong collaboration should be established among industry and academia. This volume looks into the challenges and opportunities.
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