SCI papers in 2021

We have updated the papers published in 2021 ( They are mainly the results of activities before the COVID-19 pandemic. – This paper is about an experiment conducted in 2017 with Dr Jason McCormick’s research team at the University of Michigan as part of the development of a steel pipe brace with foam. Ammons, M., Shimada, H., McCormick, J., Kurata, M., “Experimental Investigation of Foam Filled CHS Braces under Cyclic Cyclic Loading,” Journal of Structural Engineering, 147(5), 04021044, 2021.5, – This is a paper on the development of a method for estimating the time history of the acceleration response of all floors of a building by combining the acceleration […]

Public Hearing for Master Thesis and Graduation Thesis Presentation

On February 5, 2021, Mr Akito Fukuzawa completed the public hearing for his master’s thesis. Although it was an online public hearing held under the COVID-19 pandemic, he made an excellent presentation and was able to answer all the questions. At the online graduation thesis presentation held on February 7, 2021, Mr Taifu Kawamoto explained his graduation research that he had been working on for six months. They have been working steadily on their research activities for the past months, but the pandemic situation affected them in no small way because they have lost close touch with their classmates, seniors and juniors, and faculty members as the lab group activities […]

Prof. Kurata appointed as Editorial Board of Journal of Earthquake Engineering

The Journal of Earthquake Engineering ( is an international journal in the field of earthquake engineering that was first published in 1997. Recently, it has become an official journal of the International Association for the Seismic Performance of Non-Structural Elements (SPONSE), an academic organization established for the purpose of evaluating the seismic performance of nonstructural elements. The journal has a relatively short history, but in recent years the number of citations has increased and the Impact Factor has risen to nearly 3.  Prof. Kurata serves as  the Editorial Board of the journal for five years.

2020 US-Japan E-Defense Testing on Frame-Spine-FLC System

On December 14-17, 2020, we conducted a shake table experiment on a 4-layer damping steel building at E-Defense with the University of Illinois, Lehigh University, Oregon State University, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, and Hokkaido University. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation of the United States. Although the researchers from the U.S. were unable to come to Japan due to the corona disaster, we managed to complete the experiment successfully through the unity of the team and real-time information sharing using various online tools. We would like to express our gratitude to all the students and technical staff who helped us with the […]

2020 E-Defense Test on Steel Hospital Building

From December 1 to 8, 2012, at E-Defense, the world’s largest seismic table test facility, we conducted seismic tests on a steel-framed hospital building to establish a method for quickly determining the functional continuity of facilities that serve as hubs for local medical care, such as base hospitals for disasters, after an earthquake. Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) has been conducting the project in collaboration with the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), as part of the “Resilience Enhancement Project Centered on the Tokyo Metropolitan Area,” a project subsidized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). We are conducting research to improve […]

Welcome to Jasmine Gipson, Yuki Matsumoto, Naohisa Yoshida

Ms. Jasmine Gipson started a new research life at Kyoto University as a research student. She has completed the Master’s degree in UC Berkeley and is preparing for the Ph.D. program, starting from September 2020. Mr. Yuki Matsumoto and Naohisa Yoshida are the senior students of the undergraduate school of Architecture, Kyoto University and work on the Bachelor thesis study with our research group.

Mr. Taketo Kobayashi and Mr. Akito Fukuzawa completed the Bachelor program

Mr. Taketo Kobayashi and Mr. Akito Fukuzawa, the senior students of our research group, completed the graduation research presentation, and successfully submitted their graduation thesis. Congratulations on your graduation. Although the graduation ceremony was canceled in response to the coronary calamity, please take a break and refresh minds. We wish your further success in the master’s program starting from April. All the laboratory members

Mr. Ryo Ichikawa and Mr. Shingo Hamauzu successfully completed the Master program.

Ryo Ichikawa and Shinsuke Hamauzu completed the Master’s Thesis Hearing on February 6th. They submitted a master’s thesis summarizing their two-year research activities and successfully completed the master’s course. Congratulations on your successful completion. The entire nation and the world are in an emergency situation under the Corona calamity. Nonetheless, we wish their success even in the new workplaces with adaptability they have learned during life in the research group. Ikeda-Kurata research group

Prof. Ikeda gave a talk at the 30th DPRI, Kyoto University Public Lecture Series

The 30th DPRI Public Lecture series was held at the Campus Plaza Kyoto, Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan on 24th September 2019. The theme of the 30th Session was “Managing disasters ~ Preparing to live flexibly even after a disaster ~”. Prof. Yoshiki Ikeda gave a talk entitled “Earthquake-Resistant, Base-Isolation and Protective Systems: Self-Help in Building Structures”. DPRI News: