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Propulsion - New Perspectives and Applications

Kazuo Matsuuchi

University of Tsukuba

Obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering from Osaka University and most of his career spent at the University of Tsukuba where he finally earned his Professor Emeritus title.


Hiroaki Hasegawa

Utsunomiya University

Prof. Hasegawa worked for the Japan Defense Agency for ten years and obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tsukuba in 1999, his research interests lie in the application of fluid mechanics in the fields of aviation, outer space, medicine, and sports.


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Our efforts towards the understanding of "Propulsion" have resulted from the satisfaction of cravings for the transfer of humans and different kinds of cargoes. It has been believed that the faster and further we move, the better our lives are. The means of moving to different places were first developed for purposes of transfer on ground, then followed by air and finally expanded to space. Much attention has been paid to the speed and efficiency of moving objects. Such development of these categories was first established by the creations through their extremely long evolution process. For example, the tough flight of birds in a long distance and the rapid movement of insects including a turn were all good targets for investigation of the flight mechanism. This research field is rapidly increasing and has attracted the attention of many researchers. However, our understanding is still insufficient to apply the techniques directly to the design of our vehicles capable of fast and efficient movements. The rule governing the mechanism is based only on the conservation of momentum, while there are a wide range of applications.

This book intends to provide the reader with a deep overview of the current state-of-the-art focusing on the development of vehicles in the air and space, and also on the locomotion of animals, such as birds and insects, and finally humans.

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Kazuo Matsuuchi

University of Tsukuba

In 1976, Dr. Matsuuchi obtained his PhD in Engineering from Osaka University. In 1977 he started as a research assistant at the Institute of Structural Engineering, University of Tsukuba. In 1995 he got the Professor title for the Doctor Program of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba. In 2012 he earned the Professor Emeritus title and is still active at the University of Tsukuba. During the period of over six months in 2013 Dr. Matsuuchi was a visiting professor at Khon Kaen University, Thailand, and from September 2018 to August 2019 he was specially appointed professor at the Oguz Khan Engineering and Technology University of Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan.

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