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Xuerui Mao

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Associate Professor (08, 2016 - present), the University of Nottingham

Lecturer (09, 2012 - 07, 2016), Durham University

Research fellow (01, 2011 - 09, 2012), Imperial College London, Monash University and LadHyX, Ecole Polytechnique

PhD (10, 2007 - 01, 2011), Imperial College London

Academic Visitor (08, 2010 - 09, 2010), ETH Zurich

Research Assistant (09, 2006 - 09, 2007), the University of Manchester

BS and MSci (09, 2000 - 07, 2006), Beijing Institute of Technology

Dr Xuerui Mao is a member of the Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group.

Research Summary

Dr. Mao's research interests are mainly in two complementary areas: wind energy (e.g. wind resource assessment, optimal layout and management of wind farms) and flow control (e.g. optimization of… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

Dr. Mao's research interests are mainly in two complementary areas: wind energy (e.g. wind resource assessment, optimal layout and management of wind farms) and flow control (e.g. optimization of passive and active control, turbine cooling, highly flexible structures, plasma actuation). Most recently he works on the application of artificial intelligence in fluid flow prediction and control, for example developing machine learning strategies for the control of wind turbines.

Over the past three years, he has been PI of grants over £2M from EPSRC, EPCC, H2020 and wind energy industries, and the coordinator of EU projects Control of Turbulent Friction Forces (http://w3.onera.fr/CTFF/coordinator) and High-performance Computing in Wind Energy (13 partners). He is also CoI of a Marie Curie RISE project and a Newton Grant. He sits in the organization committee of ISROMAC, OSES and UKHTC and most recently organized a workshop/summer school on drag reduction in Beiing: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/fluids-and-thermal-engineering/events/control-of-turbulent-friction-drag-august-2018.aspx.

Future Research

Dr. Mao is always keen on supervising talented PhD students with background in aerospace, mathematics, mechanics or mechanical engineering. The proposed PhD topics include:

1) Machine learning based model predictive control of wind turbines;

2) Optimal route from free-stream disturbance to bypass transition in boundary layer flow;

3) Deformation and oscillation of elongated structures (e.g. bridge, mooring line, oil riser) induced by fluid flow.

4) Digital Use of Satellite Observations in Offshore Wind Energy (funding for home student only)

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Wind energy, wind resource assessment, optimal layout and management of wind farm, flow control, optimization of passive and active control, turbine cooling, highly flexible structures, plasma actuation, data science artificial intelligence in fluid flow prediction and control, wind turbines

The Faculty of Engineering and the University of Nottingham provide a number of full studentships for home and international students. If you are interested in any of these projects, please write to him with a full CV.

  • XUERUI MAO and JENS SORENSEN, 2018. Far-wake meandering induced by atmospheric eddies in flow past a wind turbine Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
  • OLIVER PATERSON and BOFU WANG, 2018. Coherent structures in the breakdown bubble of a vortex flow AIAA Journal.
  • XUERUI MAO and EMILY PEARSON, 2018. Drag reduction and thrust generation by tangential surface motion in flow past a cylinder Theor. Comput. Fluid Dyn. 32, 307–323
  • J. DENG, J. XUE, X. MAO and C. CAULFIELD, 2017. Coherent structures in interacting vortex rings Phys. Rev. Fluids. 2, 022701
  • X. MAO, T. ZAKI, S. SHERWIN and H. BLACKBURN, 2017. Transition induced by linear and nonlinear perturbation growth in ow past a compressor blade Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 820, 604
  • XUERUI MAO and FAZLE HUSSAIN, 2017. Optimal transient growth on a vortex ring and its transition via cascade of ringlets Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 832, 269-286
  • T. STUART, X. MAO and L. GAN, 2016. Transient growth associated with secondary vortices in ground/ vortex interactions. AIAA Journal. 54, 1901-1906
  • J. DENG, L. TENG, C. CAULFIELD and X. MAO, 2016. Instabilities of interacting vortex rings generated by an oscillating disk. Physical Review E. 94, 033107
  • F. CHEN, B. WANG, D. WACKS, D. CABEZON and X. MAO, 2016. Transient growth of perturbations in a vortex ring. Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 753,
  • X. MAO, B. WANG and T. ZAKI, 2016. Bypass transition induced by nonlinear optimal inflow noise. In: ICTAM2016, Montreal.
  • X. MAO, D. CABEZON and B. WANG, 2016. Meandering of turbine wake flow induced by atmospheric eddies. In: ISROMAC16, Hawaii.
  • X. MAO, T. ZAKI, H. BLACKBURN and S. SHERWIN, 2016. Bypass transition induced by free-stream noise in flow past a blade cascade. In: ISROMAC16, Hawaii.
  • X. MAO, H. M. BLACKBURN and S. J. SHERWIN, 2015. Nonlinear optimal suppression of vortex shedding from a circular cylinder. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 775, 241-265
  • D. MURPHY and X. MAO, 2015. Suppresion of Vorticity in Vortex and Pipe Flow Interactions. Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics. 29, 55-65,
  • X. MAO, 2015. Effects of base flow modifications on receptivity and non-normality: flow past a backward-facing step. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 771, 229-263
  • G. ROCCO, T. ZAKI, X. MAO, H. BLACKBURN and S. SHERWIN, 2015. Floquet and transient growth stability analysis of a flow through a compressor passage. Aerospace Science and Technology. 44, 116-124
  • X. MAO, 2015. Sensitivity of forces to wall transpiration in flow past an aerofoil. Proceedings of the Royal Society A. 471, 20150618
  • R. THEOBALD, X. MAO, A. J. JAWORSKI and A. BERSON, 2015. Modal and non-modal stabilities of flow around a stack of plates. European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids. 53, 113-118
  • C. CONLIN and X. MAO, 2015. Suppression of force fluctuations in flow past an aerofoil. International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics. 29, 325-332
  • X. MAO, H. BLACKBURN and S. SHERWIN, 2015. Optimal suppression of flow perturbations using boundary control. Computers & Fluids. 121, 133-144
  • X. MAO and S. YANG, 2015. Optimal control of coning motion of spinning missiles. Journal of Aerospace Engineering. 28, 04014068
  • 2015. Effects of base flow modifications on receptivity: flow past a backward-facing step. In: BIFD, Paris.
  • X. MAO and S. HOGG, 2014. Calculation Of Optimal Surface Roughness With Respect To Lift/Drag Forces Acting On Wind Turbine Blade. In: ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, D'usseldorf, Germany.
  • X. MAO and H. BLACKBURN, 2014. The structure of primary instability modes in the steady wake and separation bubble of a square cylinder. Physics of Fluids. 26, 074103
  • X. MAO, H. M. BLACKBURN and S. J. SHERWIN, 2013. Calculation of global optimal initial and boundary perturbations for the linearised incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. Journal of computational physics. 235, 258-273
  • L. ZHAO, X. MAO and S. YANG, 2012. Transient energy growth in flow past a rotating cylinder. Europhysics Letters. 97, 1-6
  • X. MAO, H. M. BLACKBURN and S. J. SHERWIN, 2012. Optimal inflow boundarycondition perturbations in steady stenotic flows. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 705, 306-321
  • X. MAO and S. J. SHERWIN, 2012. Transient growth associated with continuous spectra of the Batchelor vortex. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 697, 35-59
  • X. MAO, S. J. SHERWIN and HUGH M. BLACKBURN, 2012. Non-normal dynamics of co-rotating vortex pairs. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 701, 430-459
  • H. BLACKBURN, X. MAO and S. SHERWIN, 2012. Computing optimal flow perturbations. In: 18AFMC, Lauceston.
  • X. MAO, H. BLACKBURN and S. SHERWIN, 2012. Optimal suppression of unsteadiness in incompressible flow. In: XXIII ICTAM, China.
  • X. MAO and S. J. SHERWIN, 2011. Continuous spectra of the Batchelor vortex. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 681, 1-23
  • X. MAO, S. J. SHERWIN and H. M. BLACKBURN, 2011. Transient growth and bypass transition in stenotic flow with a physiological waveform. Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics. 25, 31-42
  • X. MAO, H. BLACKBURN and S. SHERWIN, 2011. Optimal control of transient energy growth. In: 9th ERCOFTAC SIG 33 Workshop, Spain.
  • X. MAO and S. SHERWIN, 2010. Acceleration of vortex merging induced by optimal initial perturbations. In: Euromech Fluid Mechanics Conference - 8, Germany.
  • A. J. JAWORSKI, X. A. MAO, X. MAO and Z. YU, 2009. Entrance effects in the channels of the parallel plate stack in oscillatory flow conditions. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science. 33, 495–502
  • X. MAO and S. SHERWIN, 2009. Spectra of swirling flow. In: Seventh IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition, Stockholm.
  • H. BLACKBURN, X. MAO and S. SHERWIN, 2009. Transient growth in stenotic flow with a physiologically realistic waveform. In: APAB 09, Christchurch.
  • X. MAO, S. YANG and Y. XU, 2007. Analysis of coning motion stability for wrap around fin rockets. Science in China. 50, 343-350
  • Y. M. SALEH, X. MAO and A.J. JAWORSKI, 2007. Numerical simulation of oscillatory flow in thermo acoustic stack. In: International Congress of Refrigeration, Beijing.
  • X. MAO, S. YANG and Y. XU, 2006. Research on the coning motion of wrap-around fin projectiles. Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal. 52, 119-125
  • X. MAO, S. YANG and L. ZHAO, 2006. Numerical simulation of aerodynamic characteristics of wrap around fin rockets. Journal of Solid Rocket Technology. 30, 181-183
  • X. MAO and S. YANG, 2006. The application of attitude control thruster in flight vehicle. Journal of Projectiles, Rockets, Missiles and Guidance. 26,
  • Y. FANG, S. YANG, Y. XU and X. MAO, 2005. Effects of missile rotation on supersonic fluidic element. Journal of Solid Rocket Technology. 161-164

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