Our laboratory is conducting research on the structural design of space structures and aeronautical structures mainly from the viewpoint of applied dynamics based on experiments. In the structural design of space structures, a comprehensive design takes various aspects into consideration such as energy, control, and aerodynamic characteristics. We are conducting ambitious research for future developments such as lunar base, mars aircraft, and electrodynamic tether for space debris removal. We are looking for students who have the spirit of challenge.


Image Source: Jack Olson, Smithsonian

Tensegrity©NASA

JAXA Mars Airplane©JAXA

Space Debris©JAXA

Atmospheric Satellite©NASA


Recent Publications

  • Vibration Control and Energy Harvesting
  • [2021] Comprehensive Predictive Control for Vibration Suppression Based on Piecewise Constant Input Formulation
    Takamoto, I., Abe, M., Hara, Y., Otsuka, K., and Makihara, K., Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. XX, No. XX, 2021, pp. XX-XX

    [2021] Adaptive and Robust Operation with Active Fuzzy Harvester under Nonstationary and Random Disturbance Conditions
    Hara, Y., Otsuka, K., and Makihara, K., Sensors, Vol. 21, No. 11, p. 3913 (Open Access)

    [2021] Piezoelectric Energy Enhancement Strategy for Active Fuzzy Harvester with Time-Varying and Intermittent Switching
    Hara, Y., Zhou, M., Li, A., Otsuka, K., and Makihara, K., Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 30, No. 1, Paper No. 015038


  • Space Debris
  • [2021] Assessment of Space Debris Collisions Against Spacecraft with Deorbit Devices
    Tomizaki, H., Kobayashi, R., Suzuki, M., Karasawa, N., Hasegawa, S., and Makihara, K., Advances in Space Research, Vol. 67, No. 5, 2021, pp. 1526-1534

    [2020] Damage of Twisted Tape Tethers on Debris Collision
    Uwamino, Y., Fujiwara, M., Tomizaki, H., Ohtani, K., and Makihara, K., International Journal of Impact Engineering, Vol. 137, 2020, Article No. 103440

    [2018] Structural Evaluation for Electrodynamic Tape Tethers Against Hypervelocity Space Debris Impacts
    Makihara, K., and Kondo, S., AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2018, pp. 462-472


  • Multibody Dynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • [in press] Nonlinear Aeroelastic Analysis of High-Aspect-Ratio Wings with a Low-Order Propeller Model
    Otsuka, K., Del Carre, A., and Palacios, R., AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. XX, No. XX, 2021, pp. XX-XX (Open Access)

    [2021] Absolute Nodal Coordinate Formulation with Vector-Strain Transformation for High Aspect Ratio Wings
    Otsuka, K., Wang, Y., and Makihara, K., ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 16, No. 1, Article No. 011007

    [2021] Three-Dimensional Aeroelastic Model for Successive Analyses of High-Aspect-Ratio Wings
    Otsuka, K., Wang, Y., and Makihara, K., ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 143, No. 6, Article No. 061006