Graduated from Kyoto University (1980)
Ph.D., 1995, The University of Tokyo
Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
Research Description: Our research is concerned with experimental aerodynamics of aerospace systems. Our major interests include experimental simulation of extreme flow conditions such as high-Reynolds number cryogenic wind-tunnel, hypersonic shock-tunnel and micro flows, as well as development of image-based measurement techniques such as pressure-sensitive paint (PSP), temperature-sensitive paint (TSP) and fluorescent oil-film skin-friction meter. Currently, we are focusing our research on; 1) development of unsteady PSP/TSP techniques, 2) development of dynamic wind-tunnel testing techniques using a multi-degree-of-freedom robotic manipulator, and 3) study on “Planetary Locomotion” for exploration on Mars, Venus, Titan and other planets having atmospheres and/or oceans. To promote these experimental studies, we operate several unique wind-tunnel facilities including the Mars Wind Tunnel (MWT), the TU Basic Aerodynamics Research Tunnel (T-BART) and the Low-Turbulence Wind Tunnel.