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[Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Tokyo Institute of Technology]

TAIST Tokyo Tech

[Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Tokyo Institute of Technology]

Guide for Applications 2008

1. General Prospectus

TAIST (Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) is based on the idea of collaboration among NSTDA and partner universities domestic in Thailand and institutions from abroad to develop the Thai human resources. TAIST will serve as a virtual institution and focal point. NSTDA will provide researchers to act as adjunct professors, research projects and scholarships for graduate students. The participated institutions or universities from abroad will provide world class background, expertise and experience, academic instruction and research advice. Thai universities will provide academic frame work, academic staff to oversee and guide students, and degrees for the successful candidates. The viability of the idea is nicely demonstrated by the creation of the first TAIST, namely TAIST Tokyo Tech, with the cooperation of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) and Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT).

The main objective of ^ TAIST Tokyo Tech is to establish an institution for human resource development to foster and support world-class researchers and high-level engineers through a combination of advising from Tokyo Tech professors, excellent facilities and research staff in NSTDA, and established resources of Thai universities. At present, the participating universities are KMITL and SIIT.

The TAIST Tokyo Tech project will maintain world top level by mobilization of whole institutional resources based on long history of education and research of Tokyo Tech, NSTDA, KMITL, SIIT and other participating universities. Tokyo Tech and TAIST Tokyo Tech share the same philosophy of education and research-“HRD by promoting cutting-edge research activities”.

It is expected that TAIST Tokyo Tech will initiate the start of a positive spiral of human resource development system in Asian region. TAIST Tokyo Tech aims to harmonize advanced technology with the environment and to realize research and human resource development for global sustainable development. Looking back at the history of modernization through industrial development, factors such as global warming, unusual weather and the pollution of air, water and soil indicate that there is a real risk of serious destruction of nature and life in the near future. It is urgent for us to recognize this paradigm shift in science and technology and concentrate our effort and intelligence on technologies which are in harmony with the environment. In Thailand, development and industrialization have been so drastic, compared with developed countries, that problems derived from these factors are much more serious as they become obvious. In light of such a situation, expanding research and education to harmonize advanced technology with the environment effectively and efficiently will be quite necessary and the outcome of such effort will be valuable for Thailand, as well as other countries of the world.

2. Programs

The Master’s Program offers a choice of 2 curricular programs relating to departments of ^ TAIST

Tokyo Tech and it enables students to obtain a master’s degree. The curricular programs are held in the class or the research laboratories at NASTDA (The National Science and Technology Development Agency) at the Thailand Science Park. The enrolled students are requested to get 36 credits including master’s thesis for graduation.

Officially, all the students will be enrolled in the host universities of Thailand so that master’s degree of ^ TAIST Tokyo Tech will be given by the host universities King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, respectively.

Master’s program in Automobile Engineering (AE)

In order to achieve an environmentally-friendly transportation toward next-generation, a sophisticated automobile has to be developed and widely used through the entire world. From the background, all the automotive industries require trained engineers who have global perspective, international exposure and knowledge of diverse topics. Taking the requirements of automotive industries in mind and considering the expansion that is taking place, the Master of Engineering Program in Automotive Engineering has been developed to create industry-ready engineers who have essential required qualities and more advanced concepts. The Automotive Engineering Course, which has been opened mostly by the lecture of professors from Tokyo Tech, consists of wide engineering aspects from fundamentals of automotive engineering, such as electric controls, aerodynamics, combustion and production, to practice of automotive design. It is the opportunity for Thai students (and students from abroad) to establish an international career and profit from the outsourcing wave that is benefiting all sectors of the economy.


Fundamentals of Automotive Engineering

Introduction to automotive engineering systems and ground vehicle design.


Engine, Power train, Body and Dhassis, Automotive electrical system, Transmission systems, Suspension systems, Steering systems, Tire and wheel and Alternative fuel engine.

Vehicle design on vehicle characteristics and qualities:

The latest standard software to examine the various design parameters influencing vehicle performance such as Dynamics, Comfort, Ride and Handling..

^ Basics of Automotive Design

Basics of CAD:

Overview of CAD,

Theory of curved line and curved surface,

Theory of mesh generation,

Theory of reverse engineering.

Basic of CAE:

Overview of CAE,

Technology for analysis (Finite Element Method, Boundary Element Method, Optimization Analysis, Control Engineering)

Application examples:

CAE model:

Generating CAE model from CAD,

Generating CAE Model from measured data,

Generating CAE Model from Experiments,

Identification of CAE Model

^ Practice of Automotive Design

Practice of Design (1) / Design of SAE-Formula Car

Planning of vehicle,

Harmonization of Performance and Components,

Concept of Frame Structures,

Analysis of strength and stiffness with CAD/CAE.

Practice of Design (2) / Analysis of SAE-Formula Car

Tuning of engine performance and gear ratio,

Braking effort and brake-lock, performance of cornering


Assembly and disassembly of engine and beam Model

Disassembly of engine and measurement of components,

Assembly of engine,

Assembly of miniature beam model for frame structure

Measurement of beam model


Automotive Structural System Engineering

Overview on vehicle research and development

Vehicle planning and design:

From advanced research to marketing,

The past and the future prospect.

Vehicle components:

Propulsion, Engine,

Body and suspension.

Vehicle characteristics:

Performance of man-machine-environment system,

Active safety and passive safety.

Suspension and drive-train systems

Suspension system,

Steering system ,

Tire and its interaction with road surface,

Braking system,

Friction and tribology,


Stability and maneuverability analysis

Advanced Control system.

Mechanics of thin-walled Structures for automobile

Concept of stiffness and strength for automotive structures,

Fundamentals of solid mechanics deformations of tension, compression and torsion, Measurement of structural deformation,

Theory of thin plates,

Theory of monocoque structures,

Theory of structural collision

concept of impact energy absorption

^ Automotive Comfort Mechanics Engineering

Electronics and control engineering

Introduction of electronics and control in automobiles,

Electric control of engines and transmission,

Electronics in operation monitoring,

Control in braking systems

Control systems for automotive mobility and safety.

Aerodynamics and air conditioning

Fundamentals of fluid-dynamics,

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD),

Aerodynamics in vehicles,

Thermodynamics in air-conditioners

Air-conditioning systems in vehicles.

Vibration and noise engineering

Introduction of automotive vibration and noise problems

Measurement and data processing for vibration and noise,

Modeling for vibration and noise analysis, comfort,

Numerical simulation of vibration & noise

Structural design and technology for vibration & noise reduction

^ Combustion Engineering

Fundamentals of combustion

Reactive gas dynamics (laminar and turbulent flames),

Ignition and extinction

Reaction kinetics and simulation.

Thermodynamics in internal combustion engines

First and second laws of thermodynamics in internal combustion engines,

Gas cycles of internal combustion engines

Thermodynamic analysis of heat release rate in internal combustion engines.

Combustion technologies in internal combustion engines

Combustion technologies in spark ignition engine,

Combustion technologies in compression ignition engine

Combustion technologies for high efficiency & clean exhaust gas

^ Advanced Internal Combustion Engine Engineering and Future Power Train

Flow and combustion diagnostics in IC engines

Flow diagnostics in IC engines

Combustion diagnostics in IC engines.

Zero emission technology

Production and control of NOx,

Production and control of particulate matters

Advanced zero emission technologies.

Future power train for sustainable community

Energy consumption and environmental protection (Present status in South-East Asia and World),

Future energy systems for sustainability

Present status and future prospect of sustainable mobility,

Battery electrical vehicle, hybrid vehicle and fuel cell vehicle.

^ Advanced Production Engineering

Fundamentals of production technology

Production processes for automotive engineering,

Integrated and intelligent manufacturing system,

Structure and function of machine tools,

Computer numerical control of machine tools

Practical training of CAD/CAM and CNC machine tools.

Welding and joining technologies

Physics and basic engineering in welding and joining,

Welding and joining processes,

Equipments for welding and joining,

Behavior of materials in welding and joining,

Design and construction of joints,

Analyses of joints

Examples of welding and joining process.

Quality management and production planning

Problem solving using SQC tools,

Process control,

Quality design by experimental study,

Reliability engineering,

Scheduling methods and

Inventory control

^ Mechatronic Systems in Automotive

Mechatronics is an artificially built synonym for the combination of the three disciplines mechanics, electronics and computer science. A typical mechatronic system differs to classical built up systems by a higher number of elements (complexity) which are realized by the teamwork of different engineering disciplines (heterogeneous). Inside modern vehicles there are a lot of new systems appearing up to now. Such systems like ABS, Airbag and the other mechatronic devices are more powerful than ordinary systems.

The main chapters:

Introduction in the new area of mechatronic systems

The peculiarity of its design process,

Basics of system and controls,

Capturing and processing of signals, sensors and actuators, principle

Use in vehicle engineering,

Simulation and modeling,

Mechatronic systems on rail and road.

^ Current Topics in Automotive Engineering

Topics of current interest for the field of automotive engineering which changes rapidly.

Advanced Topics in Automotive Engineering

Advanced topics which may be continuation to topic offered in other lower-level courses.

^ Selected Topics in Automotive Engineering

Topic selected by the instructor to prepare students to continue their research.

Seminar in Automotive Engineering

A seminar in which the students must study some specific topics, make a presentation and discussion.


The experimental research is to solve problems and make the succession in the topic related to the field of master study under the supervision of the advisor. The complete thesis must be proposed to the department and library. The final exam. will include an oral defense of a thesis. Registration will be required according to the regulations toward completion of the thesis.

3. The number of enrolled students

30 students

4. How to Apply

The applicant should satisfy eligibility for entrance of master’s program of TAIST Tokyo Tech, as described in the previous section. The applicant is required to make the following documents arrive to ^ TAIST Tokyo Tech Office no later than January 31, 2008 by postal mail. Applicants will be selected based on their application, related documents screening and interview.


TAIST Tokyo Tech Office

National Science and Technology Development Agency

111 Thailand Science Park, Pahonyothin Road, Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120



【Documents to be submitted】

① Completed application form (attached form) (original, not photocopied)

※ Two photographs taken within the past 6 months (6x4cm) are to be attached.

② Official academic record for Undergraduate course (original, not photocopied)

③ Certificate of graduation or expected graduation from university (original, not photocopied)

④ Summary of thesis

*If you do have not written a undergraduate’s thesis, please write and submit the details of your master’s course research on any form.

⑤ Score of either TOEFL or TOEIC(500 Minimum) taken within two years before the application date.

⑥ Recommendation letter from the Dean of the student's home institution addressed to the President of TAIST Tokyo Tech (original, not photocopied)


1. Please note that we will not accept any documents after the deadlines, and that incomplete applications will not be accepted.

2. Original documents written in another language than English must be accompanied by English or Thai translations certified by the public institution or the university issuing the original documents.

3. The submitted documents will not be returned under any conditions.

5. Selection Method

Successful applicants will be selected based on their application, related documents screening and interview, which will be held as below.

Date: February 14, 2008, 9:00-12:00

Place: NSTDA

Entrance examination: Free of charge

The result of admission announcements will be posted to all applicants in February 20.

6. Entrance examination, Admission and Tuition Fees

Those admitted to the International Graduate Program will be asked to pay the yearly tuition fee of XXXX Bahts which is to be covered by scholarship or RA wage by a date as yet to be determined.


7. Scholarship and Accommodation

All the enrolled students obtain NASTD Scholarship for the first year. The monthly stipend carried by this scholarship is presently ^ XXXX Bahts. The students for the second year obtain RA (Research Assistant) wage from NASTD, the monthly amount of which is presently XXXX Bahts. TAIST

Tokyo Tech will not provide any accommodation to all the students.

8. Further information

For detailed information, refer to the website as follows;

^ TAIST Tokyo Tech Office


National Science and Technology Development Agency

111 Thailand Science Park, Pahonyothin Road, Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120




Tokyo Tech Office (Thailand)


P-205 Thailand Science Park 111 Paholyothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand

Tel: 66-2-564-8016~18 FAX: 66-2-564-8019

E-mail: tokyotech@titech.in.th

The websites of the Thai Universities for AE Program are as follows

KMITL: King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang


SIIT: Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology



2007 year’s students in front of the MTEC  Lecture scene of Prof. Kamimoto

AE course students in the class room

NASTRAN model for body structure analysis Engine model for heat distribution analysis


CAD model Crash simulation model


Fuel cell vehicle components and structure

TAIST Tokyo Tech concepts (English)

TAIST Tokyo Tech poster at S&T week 2007

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