Staff profile

Professor Zhiyin Yang


Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Zhiyin Yang

Subject

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

College

College of Science and Engineering

Department

School of Computing and Engineering

ORCiD ID

0000-0002-6629-1360

Campus

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Email

z.yang@derby.ac.uk

About

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

Qualifications

  • 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