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Dr Yufeng Yao

School/Department: Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering
Position: Hourly Paid Lecturer


Yufeng Yao received his BENG in Applied Mechanics (1984) from National University of Defence Technology and MSc in Aerodynamics (1987) from Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics. During 1987-1993, He then worked as a design Engineer at Shanghai Aircraft Research and Design Institute (now the R&D Center of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. or COMAC). In 1993, he came to University of Glasgow to pursue his PhD study at Department of Aerospace and was awarded a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University of Glasgow for research on a parallel code development on unstructured grid in 1997.

In December 1996, Dr Yao joined Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London as a post-doctoral research assistant to work on an EPSRC funded turbulent trailing-edge flow project, in collaboration with University of Cambridge, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce Plc. During this project, he also worked at Department of Engineering, CFD Laboratory at University of Cambridge as a visiting Research Fellow. In 1999, he moved to University of Southampton taking a Research Fellow position at the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. During his time at Southampton, Dr Yao contributed to the development of a new DNS code for shock/boundary-layer interactions applications (also known as SBLI) that has now been further developed and extensively used by researchers at three research groups at Southampton, QMW and Kingston.

In 2002, Dr Yao joined the ALSTOM Power Ltd., now Siemens Industrial Turbo-machinery, Lincoln, working in Turbine Department as a Senior Aero-thermodynamic Engineer. His work involved the modelling of unsteady flow around high-loaded turbine blade. In 2003, Dr Yao joined Kingston University London as a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and promoted to Reader in Aerospace Engineering in 2007. At Kingston, Dr Yao established and currently leads the Complex Flow Systems Research Group. His research interest includes direct and large-eddy simulations of turbulent flow in complex geometries, transitional turbulent flow in shock/boundary-layer interactions and the RANS modelling of single- and multi-phase flows and heat transfer for industrial applications such as turbo-machinery, automotive and built environment.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2004 - 2005 PGCert, Kingston University
  • 1993 - 1996 PhD in Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow
  • 1984 - 1987 MSc in Computational Aerodynamics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • 1980 - 1984 BENG in Applied Mechanics, National University of Defence Technology

Research Interests

Dr Yao's research explores fundamental flow physics by using high-fidelity simulation code (DNS and LES), as well as engineering turbulent flow problems by using industry standard computer code (RaNS and URaNS). His research covers various inter-connected research themes, including turbulent wake dynamics, turbulent boundary-layers, and laminar transition to turbulence in the shock-induced separation bubbles, among others. The Complex Flow Systems Research Group that Dr Yao heads are studying following complex flow problem relevant to aerospace, turbo-machinery, automotive, and built environment:-

» Shock/boundary-layer interaction and heat transfer prediction
» Scramjet intake air/fuel mixing and supersonic combustion
» Non-reacting and reacting supersonic flow around an in-tube projectile
» Design of morphing winglet for lift-induced drag reduction
» Turbine blade cooling techniques and thermal management
» Downsized engine performance enhancement using twin-entry turbocharger
» Building energy consumption reduction through computer simulation and optimization
» Drag reduction and control techniques for low and high-speed vehicles

Teaching Area

Engineering Mathematics; Fluid Mechanics; Aerospace Computational Techniques; Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics

Other Professional Activity

Member of UK Turbulence Consortium (under EPSRC sponsorship and CI of award)
Member of UK Condensed matter reactive flow network (under EPSRC sponsorship)
Member of UK Physiological flow network (under EPSRC sponsorship)
Member of UK Nuclear Academic and Industry Liaison Society

Visiting Professor, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, China (2010-2012)
Visiting Academic, Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics Group, University of Southampton (2005-2010)
Visiting Fellow, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (1997-1998)

Invited speaker at State CFD Lab at BUAA, Beijing Institute of Aerodynamics (2003)
Invited speaker at University of Toronto (2005)
Invited speaker at Shanghai University of Science & Technology (2006)
Invited speaker at Shanghai Jiaotong University (2006)

Session Chair for ISPF05, ISPF08, ISPF11 (China), CFD05 (Canada)
Special session organizer for WSEAS conference (2008)
Member of organization committee of World Congress of Engineering (since 2005)
Member of International Editorial Board for IJATEM (since 2007)
Assessor of University Academic Promotion (Zhejiang University) (2011)

Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS),
Senior Member of American Aeronautics and Astronautics (SMAIAA),
Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (MASME),
Member of Society of Satellite Professionals International (MSSPI),
Chartered Engineer of China Aeronautical Society (1987-1993),
Member of China Aeronautical Society (1987-1993),
Member of China Society of Mechanical Engineering (1988-1993)


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