Staff profile

Professor Zhiyin Yang

Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Zhiyin Yang


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I hold the chair of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Derby. After I received my PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) from the University of Sheffield, I worked at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Surrey as a research fellow/senior research fellow before becoming a member of faculty at the University of Loughborough. I left Loughborough to take a readership at the University of Sussex and then moved to the University of Derby. My main role is research and teaching.

I have been conducting world-leading research in turbulent/transitional flow simulation, in particular, in the development of Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) techniques for turbulent/transitional flow, two-phase flow, heat transfer and combustion. I have published more than 110 scientific papers in reputable journals (JFM; Physics of Fluids; AIAA etc), academic books and international conferences. I have secured many research projects funded by research councils and leading industries, established and conducted collaborative research at international level with both academic and industrial partners.

I have served as an Editorial Board member of three international journals and have chaired over many international conferences/workshops, invited to give Keynote Speech at several international conferences.

Teaching responsibilities

My main teaching area is Thermofluids and currently I am teaching the following two modules:

  • Advanced CFD
  • Thermofluids

Research interests

  • Transitional and turbulent flow
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Large-Eddy Simulation
  • Flow instability
  • Two-phase flow
  • Combustion
  • Heat transfer
  • Turbomachinery
  • Tidal and wind turbines

Membership of professional bodies

  • FHEA


  • Ph.D in Computational Fluid Dynamics, The University of Sheffield

Recent conferences

  • Keynote Speech at the 3rd Chinese International Turbomachinery Conference, Chongqing, China, April 2018
  • Keynote Speech at the 6th International Symposium on Jet Propulsion and Power Engineering, Beijing, China, Oct. 2017

Experience in industry

Research collaborations with Aerospace and Automotive industries.

International experience

  • Collaborative research with European and Chinese universities
  • Seminars/lectures at international conferences and at universities/research institutes in Europe, USA and China

Additional interests and activities

Badminton and music.

Recent publications

  • Ahmadi, M., Yang, Z. (2021) Influences of yawed conditions on the wake evolution and recovery of axial flow ridal turbines. Proceedings of the 14th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, pp. 2159: 1-8. Sept., 2021, Plymouth, UK
  • Charles, T., Yang, Z., Lu, Y. (2021) Computational study of flow around 2D and 3D tandem bluff bodies. Journal of Applied and Computational Mechanics, Vol. 7(2), pp. 528-534.
  • Ahmadi, M., Yang, Z. (2021) On wind power fluctuations induced by large-scale motions. Applied Energy, Vol. 293(10), Article 116945
  • Ahmadi, M., Yang, Z. (2021) Influence of yawed wind flow on the blade forces/bending moments and blade elastic torsion for an axial-flow wind turbine. ASME Turbo Expo 2021, paper GT2021-60237.
  • Charles, T., Yang, Z., Lu, Y. (2021) Assessment of drag reduction devices mounted on a simplified tractor-trailer truck model. Journal of Applied and Computational Mechanics, Vol. 7(1), pp. 45-53
  • Ahmadi, M., Yang, Z. (2020) Numerical study of the coupling between the instantaneous blade loading/power of an axial wind turbine and upstream turbulence at high Reynolds numbers. Energy, Vol. 207, Article 118167
  • Ahmadi, M., Yang, Z. (2020) Large eddy simulation of the flow past a circular cylinder at super-critical Reynolds numbers. ASME Turbo Expo 2020, paper GT2020-15393
  • Ahmad, M., Yang, Z. (2020) The evolution of turbulence characteristics in the wake of a horizontal axis tidal stream turbine. Renewable Energy, Vol. 151, pp. 1008-1015
  • Abikan, A., Yang, Z., Lu, Y. (2020) Computational analysis of turbulent flow over a bluff body with drag reduction devices. Journal of Applied and Computational Mechanics, Vol. 6(SI), pp. 1210-1219
  • Li, H., Yang, Z. (2019) Separated boundary layer transition under pressure gradient in the presence of free-stream turbulence. Physics of Fluids, Vol. 31, Article 104106
  • Yang, Z., Abdalla, I.E. (2019) On secondary instability of an unforced transitional separation bubble. Computers and Fluids, Vol. 179, pp. 595-603
  • Yang, Z. (2019) On bypass transition in separation bubbles: a review. Propulsion and Power Research, Vol. 8, pp. 23-34
  • Yang, Z. (2019) Secondary instability of separated shear layers. Chinese Journal of Aeronautics, Vol. 32, pp. 37-44
  • Charles, T., Yang, Z., Lu, Y. (2019) Numerical analyis of flow in the gap between a simplified tractor-trailer model with cross vortex trap devices. International Journal of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Vol. 13, pp. 707-711
  • Yang, Z. (2018) Progress and challenges in large eddy simulation of gas turbine flows. Chinese Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 60, pp. 11-24
  • Langari, M., Yang, Z., Dunne, J.F., Jafari, S., Pirault, J-P., Long, C.A., Thalackottore Jose, J. (2018) Multi-phase CFD-conjugate heat transfer for spray cooling in the non-boiling regime. The Journal of Computational Multiphase Flows, Vol. 10, pp. 33-42
  • Langari, M., Yang, Z., Dunne, J.F., Jafari, S., Pirault, J-P., Long, C.A., Thalackottore Jose, J. (2018) Conjugate heat transfer predictions for subcooled boiling flow in a horizontal channel using a volume-of-fluid framework. Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 140, pp. 104501
  • Jafari, S., Dunne, J.F., Langari, M., Yang, Z., Pirault, J-P., Long, C.A., Thalackottore Jose, J. (2018) Control of spray evaporative cooling in automotive IC engines. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, Vol. 10, pp. 041011
  • Yang, Z (2018) High fidelity numerical simulations of gas turbine flows. The Third Chinese International Turbomachinery Conference (CITC), Paper No: CITC201802345, Chongqing, China, April 2018
  • Jafari, S., Dunne, J.F., Langari, M., Yang, Z., Pirault, J-P., Long, C.A., Thalackottore Jose, J. (2017) A review of evaporative cooling system concepts for engine thermal management in motor vehicles. Proc. IMechE, Part D: Journal of Automotive Engineering, 231 (8). pp. 1126-1143

For a full list of my publications please visit my ResearchGate profile