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Hirotaka Sakaue

Hirotaka Sakaue


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 dynamics (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 dynamics, 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. The chemical flow control is currently focused on chemical coating developments for anti- and de-icing applications.

Summary of Activities/Interests

  • Pressure- and Temperature-Sensitive Paint Technique
  • Advanced Flow Diagnostics by Luminescent Imaging
  • Chemical Flow Control
  • Chemical 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

Selected Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Morita, K., Sakaue, H., “Characterization Method of Hydrophobic Anti-Icing Coatings,” Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 86, No. 11, 115108, 2015.
  4. Gregory, J. W., Sakaue, H., Liu, T., Sullivan, J. P., “Fast Pressure-Sensitive Paints for Flow and Acoustic Diagnostics,” Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics, DOI: 10.1146/annurev-fluid-010313-141304, 2013.
  5. Sakaue, H., Kodama, H., Morita, K., Ishikawa, H., “Super-Hydrophobic Porous Pressure-Sensitive Paint for Global Unsteady Flow Measurements,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Vol. 185, pp. 154 – 158, 2013.
  6. Sakaue, H., Miyamoto, K., Miyazaki, T. “A Motion-Capturing Method of Pressure-Sensitive Paint System,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 113, No. 8, pp. 084901-084901-8, 2013.
  7. Sakaue, H., Dan, R., Shimizu, M., Kazama, H. “In vivo pH Imaging System using Luminescent Indicator and Color Camera,” Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 83, 076106, 2012.
  8. Sakaue, H., Ozaki, T., Ishikawa, H., “Global Oxygen Detection in Water Using Luminescent Probe on Anodized Aluminum,” Sensors, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 4151 – 4163, 2009.


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.