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Professor Xi Jiang

Formerly at Lancaster University

PhD supervision

(1) Multiscale Modelling of Geological Carbon Storage
(2) Large Eddy Simulation of Conjugate Heat Transfer


Professor Jiang has been the Chair in Energy Use and Transport in the University of Lancaster since 2009. He has an academic profile previously developed at Brunel University, Queen Mary University of London, Building Research Establishment, Seoul National University and University of Science and Technology of China. His research has been in the broad area of Energy & Environments, mainly on the border of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, with a focus on Energy & Flow Physics research using high-fidelity numerical modelling and simulations. Using advanced modelling/simulation methods (mainly computational fluid dynamics based) such as direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large-eddy simulation (LES) and more recently multiscale modelling, He has investigated a broad range of engineering problems of fluid flow, turbulence, heat and mass transfer, combustion and aeroacoustics, including DNS and LES of reacting flows such as syngas/bio-syngas/biogas combustion and gas-liquid two-phase flows, LES of fuel injection and spray combustion, and numerical simulations of porous medium flow for geological carbon storage. In the last several years, most of his computational work was performed on high-performance computing (HPC) facilities. Recently, his research is increasingly focussed more on physicochemical modelling of thermofluid systems for engineering applications.


His research has been centred on Thermofluid Modelling/Simulation for Sustainable Energy Applications. His on-going research activities are centred around sustainable and cleaner energy utilisation, including the applications of modelling and simulation to the following research areas: (1) combustion utilisation of “alternative” and “renewable” fuels including chemical kinetics studies, (2) greenhouse gas mitigation technologies including combustion mitigation of low-concentration methane; (3) flow in porous media and geological carbon storage, and (4) battery thermal management and thermal management in computer systems. He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of two EPSRC projects, as well as the Co-Investigator of “UK Turbulence Consortium” as the leader of work package “Turbulence in thermal/energy systems”. He is also the Lancaster PI of a European Commission H2020 project “HPC4E (High Performance Computing for Energy)”. His research has been funded by EPSRC, EU and the industry.


In his research field of Energy & Flow Physics, he has an international profile with about 150 journal and conference publications in his academic career, including top journals in the field such as Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, Applied Energy, Journal of Power Sources, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Combustion and Flame, Fuel, Physics of Fluids, AIAA Journal, Numerical Heat Transfer and ASME Journal of Heat Transfer etc. In addition, he was the winner of the Gaydon Prize for the most significant UK contribution to the 28th Symposium (International) on Combustion by the Combustion Institute (British Section). He has been a regular reviewer of several leading journals and serves as a Computational Fluid Dynamics Subject Editor of International Journal of Computer Mathematics. He is currently an EPSRC Peer Review College Member and regular reviewer for EPSRC and Innovate UK proposals and sits in various assessment panels. He has also been involved in organizing a few international conferences in energy utilisation & multi-phase flows.


His teaching/administration experiences covered different programmes/subjects. During his appointment in Lancaster University, he was the Postgraduate Director for Mechanical Engineering (2010-11), Undergraduate Director for Chemical, Nuclear and Sustainable Engineering (2011-13), and Chair of the Department Teaching Committee (2013-15) for the Engineering Department.

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