Green Field

Fourth International Workshop on
Green Composites

14, 15 September 2006
Surugadai Campus of Nihon University
Tokyo, Japan

Final Program

NiHON Univ. Surugadai Campus Map

Organized by
The Society of Materials Science, Japan

2nd Circular of IWGC4:Detail information
Registration form

Scope of Workshop
Ecological awareness in these days brings reuse and recycle of products, environmental protection and saving of energy. In universities and companies, therefore, there is an increase in the number of studies and practical applications on materials recyclability, as seen in the uses of green materials and recycle of petroleum-based materials. For instance, TOYOTA and Daimler-Chrysler have already applied natural fibers, such as kenaf, sisal and flax, for interior parts of their cars in place of synthetic fibers. Natural fibers are not only light and strong, but also abundantly available and eco-friendly. Composites reinforced with natural fibers, i.e. green composites, have thus enhanced biodegradability, combustibility, light weight, non toxicity, decreased environmental pollution, low cost, ease of recyclability and so on. It is expected that, therefore, green composites will effectively be used in the coming sustainable society.

From the background mentioned above, the Composites Committee of The Society of Materials Science, Japan, held in the past the First IWGC (International Workshop on Green Composites) on November 19, 20, 2002 at Tokushima, Japan, the Second IWGC on January 14, 15, 2004 at Yamaguchi, Japan, and the Third IWGC on March 16, 17, 2005 at Kyoto, Japan. In the last Workshop, numbers of presentations and participants largely increased, as shown in the figure below. We think, this is because First and Second IWGC had taken the initiative in green materials in the field of mechanical and structural materials of Japan, and more necessity for the development of green composites were raised among related researchers and engineers. With the aim of extending green composites further, the Composites Committee decided to hold the Fourth International Workshop on Green Composites on September 14, 15, 2006 at Tokyo, Japan.

Basic research and application of green composites, i.e. raw materials, function, design, analysis, testing, evaluation, fabrication, interface, intelligence, and recycle regarding green composites, will be of major interest in the Workshop.

Call for Papers
Authors wishing to make presentation(s) should send a short abstract (maximum 300 words) with the registration form not later than April 15, 2006, to the Workshop Secretariat:

Prof. Kenichi Takemura
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Kanagawa University
3-27-1 Rokkakubashi, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221-8686, Japan
Tel. +81-45-481-5661 (Ext. 3488)
Fax. +81-45-491-7915

We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts electronically to the email address of the Workshop Secretariat. Notification of acceptance will be sent until June 15, 2006 along with the details of writing a full paper as well as further information. Final submission of full papers will be due on July 15, 2006.

April 15, 2006
June 15, 2006
July 15, 2006
September 14, 15, 2006
Submission of abstracts
Notification of acceptance
Submission of full papers

Official language of the Workshop is English.

Registration fee
General participant and author:
Composites committee member:
JSMS or IWGC-4 cooperative society member:
25,000 yen
10,000 yen
13,000 yen
*9,000 yen
Registration fee includes one full paper proceedings of the Workshop and a social dinner ticket.

The Workshop will be held at Surugadai Campus of Nihon University, in Tokyo. You can get the information at the web: english/general/access.html