Staff profile

Dr Jianfei Xie

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Jianfei Xie stood at our Markeaton Street campus.


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering





In the field of aeronautical engineering, I work on fluid dynamics, especially the aerodynamics and structures of aeroplanes. My research focuses on both gas and liquid flows at different scales, from the macroscopic (visible to the naked eye) to microscopic and beyond to nanoscopic scales.

I have expertise in non-equilibrium/rarefied gas dynamics (RGD), heat and mass transfer (HMT), droplet evaporation and condensation (DEC), two-phase flows in porous media, and natural convection of Newtonian/non-Newtonian fluids. My computational approaches include molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, kinetic theory modelling, lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) and conventional computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

We welcome visiting researchers and accept PhD students to join our Thermofluids Group at the University of Derby.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes

Research interests

Fluid mechanics and heat/mass transfer:

  • Non-equilibrium/rarefied gas flow (RGD)
  • Droplet heating and evaporation (DHE)
  • Natural convection of Newtonian/non-Newtonian fluids
  • Multiphase flow in porous media

Computational approaches include:

  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Kinetic theory modelling
  • Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM)
  • Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations

Membership of professional bodies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)


  • PhD Heat and Mass Transfer, University of Brighton
  • MSc Computational Fluid Dynamics, Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU)
  • BSc Aeronautical Engineering, NPU

Recent conferences

  • Xie JF (2019) UKFN Special Interest Group in “Multiscale and Non-continuum Flows”, 17 December in Windermere, England
  • Xie JF, Cao BY (2018) Lattice Boltzmann modelling of natural convection of power-law fluids under wall vibrations. 16th International Heat Transfer Conference, 10-15 Aug 2018, Beijing, China
  • Xie JF, Gibelli L, Borg MK, Reese JM (2018) Variation of molecular mean free path in confined geometries. 31st International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, 23-27 July 2018, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Xie JF, Gibelli L, Borg MK, Henrich O, Lockerby DA, Reese JM (2018) A direct numerical evaluation of molecular mean free paths. 2018 European Conference on Microfluidics and Non-Equilibrium Gas Flows, 28 Feb-2 March 2018, Strasbourg, France
  • Xie JF, Cao BY (2016) Effects of fluid-wall interaction on nanochannel flows past permeable walls. 2016 International Conference of Microfluidics, Nanofluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip, 10-12 June 2016, Dalian, China
  • Xie JF, Cao BY (2016) Molecular dynamics study on the fluid flow in nanochannels with permeable walls. ASME 2016 5th Micro/Nanoscale Mass and Heat Transfer International Conference, 4-6 Jan 2016, Biopolis, Singapore

In the media

  • The Scientists, Engineers and Technologists (SET) for BRITAIN, Exhibition in the Engineering Section, the House of Commons (Parliament), 12th March 2012, London

Recent publications

  • Xie JF (2020) A mean free path approach to the micro/nanochannel gas flows. Advances in Aerodynamics 2: 11
  • Xie JF, Borg MK, Gibelli L, Henrich O, Lockerby DA, Reese JM (2019) Effective mean free path and viscosity of confined gases. Physics of Fluids 31, 072002
  • Xie JF, Gibelli L, Borg MK, Henrich O, Lockerby DA, Reese JM (2019) Variation of Molecular Mean Free Path in Confined Geometries. AIP Conference Proceedings 2132, 090009
  • Lamy-Chappuis B, Yardley BWD, He S, Zu YQ, Xie JF (2018) A test of the effectiveness of pore-scale fluid flow simulations and constitutive equations for modelling the effects of mineral dissolution on rock permeability. Chemical Geology 483, 501-510
  • Xie JF, Cao BY (2018) Influence of travelling surface waves on nanofluidic viscosity. Computers & Fluids 160, 42-50
  • Xie JF, Cao BY (2017) Natural convection of power-law fluids under wall vibrations: A lattice Boltzmann study. Numerical Heat Transfer A 72, 600-627
  • Xie JF, Cao BY (2017) Fast nanofluidics by travelling surface waves. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics 21: 111
  • Xie JF, He S, Zu YQ, Lamy-Chappuis B, Yardley BWD (2017) Relative permeabilities of supercritical CO2 and brine in carbon sequestration by a two-phase lattice Boltzmann method. Heat and Mass Transfer 53, 2637-2649
  • Xie JF, Cao BY (2017) Effect of various surface conditions on nanochannel flows past permeable walls. Molecular Simulation 43, 65-75
  • Xie JF, Cao BY (2016) Nanochannel flow past permeable walls via molecular dynamics. AIP Advances 6, 075307