米国化学工学会は東京理科大学 大江修造 教授を



An introduction of Dr. Ohe by the chairman Dr. Olujic

Novemer 18, 2008, Philaelphia, USA

We have today, an honor session devoted to Professor Shuzo Ohe of the Science University of Tokyo. It is difficult now, to summarize, in a short overview, the professional career of Professor Ohe.

But many of you know it spans nearly 46 years, because he graduated from the Science University of Tokyo in 1962 and he joined a Japanese shipbuilding company which at that moment started to think about putting their capacities into plant engineering work. This is Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Company. So he got access to heavy or metal work there and this company was ambitious in the sense of expanding into the field of chemical engineering. And they had some money available to support getting this knowledge. So, Professor Ohe at that time had the opportunity, for one year, to participate in graduate study at Tokyo Metropolitan University. This was the beginning of his work on his Ph. D. thesis.

He returned back to his regular engineering duties and during a period of 8 years, he worked on his Ph. D. thesis and completed it in 1971 at the Tokyo Metropolitan University.

Of course, people dealing with distillation, know about VLE and the famous title of salt effect on Vapor Liquid Equilibrium. I remember when I was starting to deal with distillation, at that time, practical mixtures and their salt effect. That was when I first saw the name of Professor Ohe. It is not strange to mention this, because this data was presented for the occasion of the American Chemical Society, as a published book in a series of Advanced Chemistry Series on Vapor Liquid Equilibrium.

So from the early 1970s Professor Ohe is present in our community. While at this company, he also did mechanical engineering work. He was the inventor of the Angle Tray a specific tray which he patented and designed. There is an anecdote about how Professor Ohe made his prototype by hand. So, he arranged this and made a small hydraulics simulator and then tested this idea. And this idea was accepted and the work proceeded. So he got money and time to develop it and in 1973 this was tested by FRI and it worked very well in comparison with the common(conventional) sieve tray. So this is the moment Professor Ohe started to be related with FRI concerning Distillation which has lasted more or less until today.

But in order to save time in this speech I would like to talk about Professor Ohe’s academic life. In the 1980s He joined Tokai University and in 1991 joined his alma meta Science University of Tokyo. So 20 years in the industry and 26 years in academia is really a big career. In addition to his international books, Professor Ohe wrote a number of text books on distillation and equilibrium in Japanese, I believe, for the benefit of Japanese students to study distillation.

And lastly, his professional activities: On behalf of the government of Japan he was the chair of a team evaluation of HIDiC and this team was enlisted to evaluate a project of heat integrated distillation column. It was a continuous evaluation which lasted about ten years and finally became a success story.


座長による大江博士の業績 紹介(訳)

座長 デルフト工科大学(オランダ) ザルコ・オルジック氏




大江教授は「気液平衡」の基礎的分野の研究みならず、実務的な工学分野の研究開発もされています。蒸留塔の心臓部である「トレイ」を開発されました。すなわち、「アングルトレイ」です。大江教授は実験装置のプロトタイプを手作りされ水力学的な試験を行い、特許を取得後、その設計方法を確立されました。この新製品は米国の蒸留機関(FRI:Fractionation Research, Inc.) にて、1973年に試験され、従来から使用されていました「シーブトレイ」に対して良好な結果が得られました。




First I want to say “Thank you very much to the chairs of these sessions of Distillation Honors I and II, Dr. Nicholas Urbanski and Dr. Zarko Olujic”. And I am grateful to Dr. Urbanski and Dr. Olujic for selecting me as an honoree of the AIChE separation division. This is a great pleasure for me as well as Japanese presenters. The presenters and I are proud of the distillation honors.

We are very happy to be celebrated at this centinel meeting of the AIChE. Whenever I join the meeting, I feel the warmness and pride. I think this comes from your long history. We want to learn these characteristics of the AIChE as Japanese members.

This is a meeting of AIChE and is not JIChE. However, 6 presenters out of a total of 10 members are Japanese. I also want to thank the presenters from America, Europe, as well as Japan. I have enjoyed each of the subjects presented here today. And I have also been touched by the personal stories and anecdotes. Concerning this point, I, again want to acknowledge to both of the chairs, and hope that today’s sessions may encourage more Japanese members to join AIChE.

I thank all of the members very much for gathering here today. And last finally I thank Nobuko, my wife.







Distillation Honors I

Chair: Nicholas F. Urbanski,CoChair: Zarko Olujic

1. Towards Further Contribution to Reduction of CO2 Emissions by An Ideal Heat Integrated Distillation Column (HIDiC)

  Masaru Nakaiwa, Koichi Iwakabe, Keigo Matsuda

2. The Effect of Outlet Weir Height on Sieve Tray Performance 

  A. Shariat, Tony Cai

3. Analysis of Operation Results of the Internally Heat Integrated Distillation Column (HIDiC) Pilot Pant In Japan

  Koichi Iwakabe, Kinpei Horiuchi, Keigo Matsuda, Toshinari Nakanishi, Masahiro Ikeda, Satoshi Taniguchi, Takuji Yamamoto

  Sho Kataoka, Takao Ohmori, Masaru Nakaiwa

4. Mass Transfer Performance of Packed Beds Containing a Modular Catalytic Structured Packing: Model Vs. Experiment

  Zarko Olujic, Marcel Behrens

5. Basic Design of a Double-Pipe Unit Type Internally Heat Integrated Distillation Column (HIDiC)

 Toshinari Nakanishi, Naoaki Adachi, Noriyuki Nishida, Koichi Iwakabe, Kinpei Horiuchi, Masaru Nakaiwa

Distillation Honors I I

6. Compressor-Free Heat Integrated Distillation Column System for Dehydration of Fermented Mash In Production of Fuel


  Kunio Kataoka, Hiroshi Yamaji, Hideo Noda, Tadahiro Mukaida, Mampei Kaneda, Masaru Nakaiwa

7. Fifty Years of Fri Contributions to Separation Science

  Mike Resetarits, D.W. King

8. Evaluation of Economical and Environmental Performance for An Internally Heat-Integrated Distillation Column (HIDiC)

  Keigo Matsuda, Kinpei Horiuchi, Koichi Iwakabe, Toshinari Nakanishi, Masaru Nakaiwa

9. Hydrodynamics Modeling of Modern Catalytic Structured Packings

  Elisabetta Brunazzi, Ricardo Macias-Salinas

10. Solvent Recovery by a New Batch or Semi-Batch Rectifying Still Unit

  Hideo Noda, Kunio Kataoka, Hiroshi Yamaji, Mampei Kaneda, Tadahiro Mukaida


Distillation Honorsにおける最近のHonoreeの知り得た方を以下に示します。



John Kunesh(2001, 秋), Mike Lockett(2002, 秋)

Frank Silvey(2003, 春), Dale Nutter(2004, 春)

John Farone(2006, 春),  Zarko Olujic(2006, 秋)

Ross Taylor(2007, 秋),

Frank Seibert(2008, 春), 大江修造(2008, 秋)



「開発工学」 vol.8, 56,2008



「分離技術」 第39巻1号 58ー59頁(2009)

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