One of the central objectives of Professor Mäkiharju's research is to advance the physical understanding of high Reynolds number single- and multiphase flows primarily through experimental research, and through the development and use of advanced experimental techniques. Multiphase flows are encountered in almost every aspect of modern life, including additive manufacturing, biological flows, energy production, and naval hydrodynamics. Specific topics Professor Mäkiharju has worked on include the reduction drag on marine vehicles, mitigation of damage and noise caused by cavitation in naval and industrial applications, and efficient handling of single- and multiphase flows in energy production applications. The high-speed X-ray based measurement techniques Prof. Mäkiharju has developed for multiphase flows, can also be utilized for rapid non-destructive testing.
To learn more about Professor Mäkiharju's research, please visit the FLOW Lab website.