Analysis Technology Research Center
The Analysis Technology Research Center supports the Sumitomo Electric Group’s manufacturing, product development, business development and technological foundation. The center is active at three sites, in Osaka, Itami and Yokohama, uses advanced large research facilities (SPring-8, K computer, etc.) outside the company, and boasts sophisticated analysis techniques and computer aided engineering (CAE).
Strategic CAE infrastructure development
The use of CAE is not simply intended to improve product development efficiency. We regard it as a key technology for attaining increased market competitiveness. Our efforts are directed toward infrastructure development to enhance the core CAE functionality of the Sumitomo Electric Group.
For widespread use of CAE for analytical purposes
We promote the development and widespread use of CAE analysis techniques that are useful for product designing. Our efforts include providing training to designers and developing simplified/automatic analysis systems. Thus, we work on the transfer of analysis techniques to design departments using procedures that precisely meet designers’ needs.
Electric wire service life prediction
Mobile phone hinges, automotive doors and robot arms have electric wires and cables installed in their moving parts. We work on the development of a computer simulation technology for predicting the service life of such wires and cables until breakage due to twisting and bending.
3D structure visualization
Three-dimensional structure visualization has been developed to observe the internal structures and targeted areas of composite materials, parts, products, as well as objects as they are.
This technology is useful for improving product quality and developing solutions to problems.
Elemental mapping with sub-micron resolution
We work on the development of a technology to visualize, with high spatial resolution, and the distribution of a low-concentration dopant that determines the characteristics of functional materials and parts, using an electron probe microanalyzer.
Nanometer-level structural analysis
Our efforts are directed toward developing a nanometer-level structural analysis technology in order to establish an analytical technology and its applications, principally using scanning transmission electron microscopes and conducting crystal structure analyses.
Analysis on the atomic scale using synchrotron radiation and first-principles calculation
We work on technological development such as structural analysis of materials at the atomic scale and in-situ reaction analysis, using synchrotron radiation and neutrons.
Moreover, our aims include elucidation of characteristic development mechanisms and exploration of new materials, in which the aforementioned technology is combined with first-principles calculation and other simulations.