Students will get first-hand experience with basic characteristics of building environments, structure, and materials which cannot be experienced at their desk, as well as deepen their understanding of various theories and design methods.
For the building environment, as basic tests of sound, air, heat, and water, students will carry out noise measurement, wind speed distribution measurement, thermal distribution measurement, and water quality measurement. For the building structure, buckling experiments of steel member and truss structure, liquefaction tests, and vibration experiments are carried out.
For the building material, a sliding test of floors that utilizes the psychological reactions of building end users are carried out.
I This course provides a method for how to obtain the fundamental performance in environmental engineering, structural engineering, and building materials. Additionally this course provides a technique for how to calibrate properties of the specimens.
II Learn about the following items.
1．Environmental Engineering (Sound, Air, Heat, Water)
2．Structural Engineering (Steel member, Truss structure, Ground, Dynamics)
3．Building Materials (Sliding performance of floors)
Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Building Materials
|✔ Specialist skills
|Critical thinking skills
|✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills
Students carry out experiments and measurements under the guidance of faculties and teaching assistants. Students have to submit reports of the experiments.
Students are divided into 4 groups in order to accomplish experiments.
|Orientation (All Faculties)
|Understanding the outline of the experiment and notes.
|Measuring noise levels outside buildings using a sound-level meter.
|Measurement of airflow distribution in indoor
|Analyzing airflow distribution in indoor environment and measurement of air ventilation volume in a room.
|Measurement of temperature distribution
|Making a thermocouple and measurement distribution of temperature.
|Water quality measurement
|Learning the method for the water quality test and measurement of water, such as tap water.
|Evaluation of effective stress during soil liquefaction.
|Response of a two masses vibration system
|Evaluation of natural periods of a two mass structure based on shaking table tests.
|Response of a multi-mass vibration system
|Evaluation of natural periods of a multi mass structure based on microtremor measurements.
|Experimental test steel members, Preparation and tensile test
|Understand experimental procedures and tension test.
|Experimental test of steel members, Compression test
|Understand compression test and explain the buckling behavior of steel bars.
|Preparation of Experiment on Truss Structure
|Learn about the connection system and how to use the measurement instruments through assembly and strain-gauge attachment on truss beam and material test specimen.
|Tension Coupon Test of Steel Material and Quasi-static Loading Test of Truss Beam
|Understand the fracture mechanism of steel material and buckling of truss beam through the tensile coupon test and quasi-static test of truss beam.
|Slip resistance test against floor materials
|Studying the method for evaluating floor slipperiness considering human psychology.
|Supplementary experiments and summary of the classes
|Summarizes the experienced experiments, and perform additional experiments if necessary.
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend a certain length of time outside of class on preparation and review (including for assignments), as specified by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Undergraduate Learning (東京工業大学学修規程) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Graduate Learning (東京工業大学大学院学修規程), for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
Course documents are provided during each class.
Students' course scores are evaluated on the basis of the reports of experiments. Full attendance and completion of all experiments are basically compulsory.
No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.