ICC Systems and Equipment for Delivering Innovation

Active cross-industrial, interdisciplinary exchange and technology integration introduces the latest manufacturing and evaluation equipment into the largest academic institution research facility

The Innovative Composite Materials Research and Development Center (ICC) develops innovative composite materials and manufacturing methods to achieve social transformation, while also researching ways of expanding innovative fields of application. It drives market development, material development, and manufacturing technology development through cross-industrial, interdisciplinary technology integration targeting concrete needs of society. ICC provides a research and development environment where evaluation and manufacturing equipment can be used to achieve these outcomes.

Cross-industrial, interdisciplinary integration stimulates intelligent manufacturing

To achieve breakthroughs across a multitude of difficult challenges not possible under current conditions, such as mass production, larger structures, easy joining, lower costs and expansion of products areas, ICC aims to bring together knowledge from a range of fields including biology, polymer chemistry, textile engineering and mechanical engineering. It also aims to achieve dramatic progress in intelligent manufacturing through the “chemical reaction” generated by these disparate fields.

For example, the meeting of researchers from different fields is enabling design research into issues that cannot be resolved through materials research alone. When downstream product manufacturers in the supply chain face issues with commercialization of their products, it is possible to work together with upstream material manufacturers and midstream molders to achieve a solution. The role of ICC in this case is to coordinate the technology integration and supply chain collaboration to make this happen. Where the solution requires additional investment and space, close collaboration between industry, academia and government, that also gets national and local government involved, can streamline the solutions process.

Active, close mutual exchange and cooperation
Social transformation through confident delivery of composite material products

ICC is actively meeting society’s need for composite materials

  • Actively undertaking joint research, commissioned research, and researcher education
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Under One Roof system in an open environment

To encourage cross-industrial, interdisciplinary integration, ICC employs an “under one roof” system that brings together companies and research institutions from different fields to work together under a single roof.
As far as possible, it provides an open environment for research and development in a barrier-free space that encourages freedom of movement, but that also takes confidentiality into account. This collaboration between cross-industrial, interdisciplinary researchers and developers is creating innovation in the field of composite materials.

The ICC building features barrier-free open-plan spaces for labs, and wide knowledge corridors with whiteboards and other equipment to encourage communication. This environment makes it easy for many different researchers to meet and talk face-to-face.
Minimal use of partitioning for desk space and in the large internal space and various test labs provides an integrated, open-plan development environment for everything from basic research to product development.
Various meeting spaces help build connections between researchers.

Fostering professionals in the composite materials industry

In industries dealing with carbon fiber and other composite materials, there are significant gaps between areas of academic research undertaken by universities and other institutions, and areas of product development undertaken by enterprises.
ICC is aiming to quickly foster the people needed to fill these gaps.

Building networks across enterprises, universities and industries

ICC facilities: Large internal space and range of manufacturing and evaluation equipment

ICC has a large internal space that enables actual assembly and realization of large continuously-molded structural members using carbon fiber composites for such things as buildings, bridges, pipes of several kilometers in length for drilling for ocean resources, and blades for large offshore wind turbines for power generation. These facilities are essential for creating larger structures, which is one factor for achieving innovation in composite materials.

In large spaces, it is possible to install the equipment needed for the research project process to flow smoothly, and to mold and evaluate large samples in a continuous process. In the field of composite materials, ICC is the only research facility with such a large internal space within Japanese universities.

Labo-factory and evaluation areas 1F

For molding and assembly of composite materials, materials testing and evaluation

1F HP-RTM machine 200t Hydraulic Press Autoclave Double belt press 300t servo press Universal testing machine X-ray CT scanner

Material analysis and project areas 2F

Areas with analytical equipment for analysis and areas with small and mid-size meeting rooms for projects


Chemical analysis laboratory areas 3F

For chemical analysis laboratory and areas for researchers

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Innervolume φ1000×L1500mm
Maximumtemperature ~400℃
Maximum pressure 2.0MPa
Air ornitrogen
Double belt press
Double belt press
Heating area
Length 2000mm
Temperature ~380℃
linear pressure ~30KN/m
Length 750mm
Coolianttemperature 35~50℃
Pressure 5MPa
Length 1000mm
Beltvelocity 0.1~5m/min
300t servo press
300t servo press
Komatsu Industries Corp.
Maximumforce 3000kN(300tf)
Stroke 350mm
Dieheight 600mm
Slide adjustment 200mm
Load capacity 2000kg
Bolster W2400×D1200×H200mm
Universal testing machine
Universal testing machine
AG-300kN Xplus
Load capacity 300kN
Stroke 1100mm
AG-100kN Xplus
Load capacity 100kN
Stroke 600mm
Thermostatic chamber
Temperature -70~200℃
AG-5kN Xplus
Load capacity 5kN
Stroke 420mm
X-ray CT scanner
X-ray CT scanner
Xradia XRM-410 Versa
Resolution 0.9μm
Maximum size of sample φ300mm
Weight limit of sapmle 15kg
SCM 11.74T
Inner diameter 54/89mm
Resolution 1.2nm(30kV) 3.0nm(1kV)
Magnification ×10~×1,000,000
thermo fisher
  • Selectable area spectroscopy
  • Sputter depth profiling
  • Micro-focused monochromator
  • Snapshot acquisition
  • High-resolution chemical state spectroscopyInsulator analysis
  • Quantitative chemical imaging
200t Hydraulic Press
200t Hydraulic Press
Sanki Seiko Co.,Ltd.
Maximum force 2000kN(200t)
Maximum stroke 800mm
Ascendingspeed 270mm/min
Descending speed 500㎜/min
Maximum upper mold weight 3.0t
Maximum lower mold weight 1.5t
Table size W1200×D1000㎜
HP-RTM machine
HP-RTM machine
Maximum force 6000kN(600t)
Minimum force 60kN(6t)
Maximum stroke 1500㎜
Maximum uppermold weight 10tf
Maximum lower mold weight 20tf
Table size W3000×D2000㎜
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