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Hirotaka Sakaue

Hirotaka Sakaue

Email: hsakaue@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-4336

Office: 106 Hessert Laboratory


Ph.D., Purdue University, 2003

M.S., Purdue University, 1999

B.S., Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1996


Dr. Hirotaka Sakaue joined the University of Notre Dame in January 2015. Prior to this, he was a researcher at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan. He has research experiences in Germany (German Aerospace Center) and in UK (the University of Manchester) as well. With aerospace and bioengineering backgrounds, his research is on an interdisciplinary study of fluid mechanics (aerospace part) and functional chemistry (bioengineering part). Currently, he has two research columns from this interdisciplinary research: luminescent imaging and chemical flow control. The targets of these research columns are in fluid mechanics, flow control, green energy, and biomedical applications. Representative one in the luminescent imaging is the pressure- and temperature-sensitive paint technique. It involves a wide range of research topics from chemical sensor developments, optical characterizations, and unsteady flow applications in various flow regimes. Two main topics in chemical flow control are micro-fiber coating and ice-phobic coating.

Summary of Activities/Interests

  • Pressure- and Temperature-Sensitive Paint Technique
  • Advanced Flow Diagnostics by Luminescent Imaging
  • Micro-fiber Coating as Chemical Flow Control
  • Ice-phobic Coating for Anti- and De-Icing
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Wind Tunnel Testing (Low-Speed, Transonic-Speed, High-Speed, and High Reynolds-Number Flows)
  • Two Phase Flows
  • Heat Transfer in Hypersonic Flow
  • Fluid-Thermal-Structure Interactions
  • Environmental and Energy Engineering
  • Biomedical and Biological Applications

Recent Publications (2015 - present)

  1. Morita, K., Kimura, S., Sakaue, H., “Hybrid system combining ice-phobic coating and electrothermal heating for wing ice protection,” Aerospace, Vol. 7, No. 102; DOI:10.3390/aerospace7080102, 2020
  2. Hayashi, T., Sakaue, H., “Temperature effects on polymer-ceramic pressure-sensitive paint as a luminescent pressure sensor,” AerospaceVol. 7, 80; DOI:10.3390/aerospace7060080, 2020
  3. Hasegawa, M., Sakaue, H., “Development of Microfiber Coating for Flow Control: Effects on Microfiber Length in Orientation Control,” Sensors and Actuators A: PhysicalVol. 312, 112125; DOI:10.1016/j.sna.2020.112125, 2020
  4. Kurihara, D., Saitoh, K., Sakaue, H., “Uncertainty Analysis of Motion-capturing Pressure-Sensitive Paint Method using Unsteady Surface-Pressure Measurement on Fluttering Airfoil,” Aerospace Science and Technology, Vol. 103, 105878; DOI:10.1016/j.ast.2020.105878, 2020
  5. Gonzales, J. P., Suzuki, K., Sakaue, H., “Temporally and Spatially Resolved Pressure and Temperature Maps in Hypersonic Flow,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 156, 119782; DOI:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2020.119782, 2020
  6. Hasegawa, M., Morita, K., Sakaue, H., Kimura, S., “Pinned Droplet Size on a Superhydrophobic Surface in Shear Flow,” Aerospace, Vol. 7, No. 34; DOI:10.3390/aerospace7030034, 2020
  7. Hayashi, T., Sakaue, H., “Differential Luminescent Imaging Method,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 127 No. 9, DOI:10.1063/1.5131752, 2020.
  8. Hirai, Y., Kotani, A., Sakaue, H., Kitagawa, Y., Hasegawa, Y., “Lifetimes of Lanthanide(III) Triboluminescence Excited by Aerodynamic Shock Waves,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 123 No. 44, 27251-27256; DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b08349, 2019.
  9. Hasegawa, M., Sakaue, H., “Micro-fiber coating as a passive drag reduction for a bluff body,” Coatings, Vol. 9, No. 664; DOI:10.3390/coatings9100664, 2019.
  10. Gonzales, J. P., Kurihara, D., Maeda, T., Yamazaki, M., Saruhashi, T., Kimura, S., Sakaue, H., “Novel superhydrophobic surface with solar-absorptive material for improved de-icing performance,” Materials, Vol. 12, No. 2758; DOI:10.3390/ma12172758, 2019.
  11. Hayashi, T., Houpt, A., Leonov, S., Sakaue, H., “Motion-Capturing Pressure-Sensitive Paint Method under Transient Illumination by Plasma Source,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Vol. 52, No. 32; DOI:10.1088/1361-6463/ab2581, 2019.
  12. Running, C. L., Sakaue, H., Juliano, T. J., “Hypersonic Boundary-Layer Separation Detection with Pressure-Sensitive Paint for a Cone at High Angle of Attack,” Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 60, No. 23; DOI:10.1007/s00348-018-2665-26, 2019.
  13. Hirai, Y., Mallette, A., Nishio, Y., Patterson, W. C., Hasegawa, Y., Sakaue, H., “Visualization of icing of supercooled water using Tb(III)-based temperature-sensitive paint,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Vol.285, pp. 599 – 602; DOI:10.1016/j.sna.2018.11.051, 2019.
  14. Hasegawa, M., Sakaue, H., “Microfiber Coating for Drag Reduction by Flocking Technology,” Coatings, Vol. 8, No. 424; DOI:10.3390/coatings8120424, 2018.
  15. Morita, K., Gonzales, J. P., Sakaue, H., “Effect of PTFE Particle Size on Superhydrophobic Coating for Supercooled Water Prevention,” Coatings, Vol. 8, No. 426; DOI:10.3390/coatings8120426, 2018.
  16. Claucherty. S. L., Sakaue, H., “Phenol-formaldehyde resin for optical-chemical temperature sensing,” Sensors, Vol. 18, No. 1756; DOI:10.3390/s18061756, 2018.
  17. Ishii, M., Miyazaki, T., Sakaue, H., “Uniformity study of two-functional luminescent dyes adsorbed over an anodized-aluminum coating for motion-capturing pressure- and temperature-sensitive paint imaging,” Sensors, Vol. 18, No. 26; DOI:10.3390/s18010026, 2018.
  18. Sano, S., Yuuki, T., Hyakutake, T., Morita, K., Sakaue, H., Arai, S., Matsumoto, H., Michinobu, T., “Temperature Compensation of Pressure-Sensitive Luminescent Polymer Sensors,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Vol.255 Part2, pp. 1960 – 1966; DOI:10.1016/j.snb.2017.08.221, 2017.
  19. Claucherty. S.L., Sakaue, H., “Temperature characterization of an optical-chemical tunable-peak sensor using CdSe/ZnS quantum-dots applied on anodized-aluminum for surface temperature measurement,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, DOI:10.1016/j.snb.2017.05.093, 2017.
  20. Hayashi, T., Sakaue, H., “Dynamic and Steady Characteristics of Polymer-Ceramic Pressure-Sensitive Paint with Variation in Layer Thickness,” Sensors, Vol. 17, No. 5, 1125; DOI:10.3390/s17051125, 2017.
  21. Claucherty. S. L., Sakaue, H., “An optical-chemical sensor using rhodamine B on anodized-aluminum for surface temperature measurement from 150 to 500K,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, DOI:10.1016/j.snb.2016.09.053, 2016.
  22. Sakaue, H., Morita, K., Kimura, S., “Dual-luminescence imaging for capturing time-resolved temperature distributions of two-phase flow,” Journal of Multiphase Flow, DOI:10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2016.06.002, 2016.
  23. Morita, K., Sakaue, H., “Characterization Method of Hydrophobic Anti-Icing Coatings,” Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 86, No. 11, 115108; DOI:10.1063/1.4935585, 2015.


Sakaue named AIAA Associate Fellow

October 10, 2019

Hirotaka Sakaue, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Video: Hypersonics Research Soars to New Heights at Notre Dame

December 15, 2015

Known for its signature areas of research in turbo-machines, acoustics, optics, fluid-structure interactions, multi-phase flows, plasma dynamics, and wind energy, researchers in Notre Dame's Institute for Flow Physics and Control are both developing these core strengths and adding a new focus on hypersonic aerodynamics.