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Microstructural effects on the mechanical properties are deeply associated with the deformation behavior in the same scale of the microstructures. In the conventional approach is limited to post-deformation observation and speculation of the deformation mechanisms. We use a new technique of nano-scale mechanical characterization to reveal the elementally step of deformation behavior. A continuum mechanics simulation is also applied to predict the macroscopic mechanical properties from the nano-scale deformation behavior. We target metals including steels and try to understand the effects of lattice defects such as dislocations, grain boundaries, solute elements and second phase inclusions to the mechanical properties. We are going for establishing a new guide principle of materials design through the interpretation of the relationship between the microstructures and the mechanical properties.

Group Leader     OHMURA Takahito


July 6, 2018. We organized 6th International Indentation Workshop.

December 21, 2017. We made an press release about a self-healing ceramics.

March 9, 2017. Special issue of our project was published in a industry magazine, where the result by our former student, Mr. K. Kamoda, was used as the cover figure.

August 5, 2016.  This website was renewed.

April 1, 2016.  NIMS started a new project and the name of our group changed to High Strength Materials group.

January 1, 2012.  Our group website was open




High Strength Materials Group,
Research Center of Stractural Materials, National Institute for Materials Science

1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, Japan
FAX +81-29-859-2121