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Yuying Yan

Chair in Thermofluids Engineering, Fluids & Thermal Engineering Research Group, Faculty of Engineering



Professor Yuying Yan is Chair in Thermofluids Engineering (UoN), Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Thermofluids Engineering (UNNC) and Director of Research Centre for Fluids & Thermal Engineering Research (UNNC). He received BSc in Thermal Mechanical Engineering (Internal Combustion Engine) in January 1982 at Jilin University of Technology (now Jilin University); MSc in Thermal Energy/Physics Engineering at Shanghai Institute of Technology in 1986; PhD in Mechanical Engineering at City University (London, UK) in 1996. He was a research fellow in two-phase flow at Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Surrey (UK) from 1996-1998, and was appointed to an academic position in the UK (senior lecturer from 1998, Readership from 2003) in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham Trent University. He joined the University of Nottingham since 2004 (as Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in 2004, then was promoted to Reader in 2009, and to Full Professor (Chair) position in 2011). Professor Yan is a member of EPSRC Peer Review College; Editorial Board member of Nature Publishing Group's multidisciplinary Journal: Scientific Reports; Editorial Board member of Journal of Bionic Engineering; Fellow and Deputy General Secretary of International Society of Bionic Engineering. He has supervised more than 30 PhD students and authored or co-authored more than 300 academic articles in refereed journals, book chapters and conferences. He has also published/filed a number of patents of his innovations.

Expertise Summary

Prof. Yan has many years experiences in single phase and two-phase fluid flow and heat transfer. His research areas in heat transfer cover Heat transfer enhancement, Efficient cooling technology (microchannel boiling and condensation, heat pipes, and jet impingement, film cooling, pin-fin cooling), and Elelctrohydrodynamic and electroosmotic driving effect on fluids & heat transfer. In low carbon vehicle thermal management, his research includes: Power electronics (or IGBT) thermal management, Battery thermal management, Vehicles air-conditioning; and HVAC in the built environment;

He also carries out multidisciplinary research of biomimetics. On biomimetics, he studies functional surfaces such as lotus effects and surface wettability for heat transfer, and has developed coatings of super-hydrophobic /super-hydrophilic surfaces based on multi nano particles technology. He is also studying the mechanism of water migration in plants using NMRI and applying it to the design of thermofluids facility. He also studies the applications of ferrofluids and colloidal magnetic clusters for hyperthermia heating.

In numerical modelling of fluid flow and heat transfer, Yuying's team works on multi scale modelling based on Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) simulation, Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation, and CFD.

Teaching Summary

Modules of teaching:

BEng/MEng Level 1 Thermofluids (K11TF1/K12TH1)

BEng/MEng Level 2 Thermofluids (K12TF2/K13TH2)

BEng Level 3 Heat Transfer (K13THT)

MSc Heat Transfer (K14AHT)

Research Summary

Professor Yuying Yan is Chair in Thermofluids Engineering (UoN), Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Thermofluids Engineering (UNNC) and Director of Research Centre for Fluids & Thermal Engineering… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Professor Yuying Yan is Chair in Thermofluids Engineering (UoN), Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Thermofluids Engineering (UNNC) and Director of Research Centre for Fluids & Thermal Engineering Research (UNNC).

Prof. Yan carries out wide-ranging researches of fluid flow and heat transfer encountered in engineering and the built environment. His current major cutting edge researches include multi-scale modelling (based CFD, LBM and MD) of boiling in microchannel, micro nano fluids flow and heat transfer, biomimetics of functional surfaces with fluids (surface wettability, hydrophobicity, drag/adhesion reduction), efficient cooling technology (jet impingement and film cooling of Turbo Machinery Blade components, high efficient and light weight heat pipes), Thermoelectric (TE) applications, and novel solid descant dehumidification systems for HVAC. His research has been supported by the UK Engineering Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, European FP7 Funding and the industrial companies including Siemens (Energy - Industrial Turbo-Machinery Ltd., UK), Thermacore Europe, China FAW, Thailand SCG, etc.

Prof. Yan has supervised more than 30 PhD students and authored/co-authored more than 300 papers including 110 refereed journal articles/books chapters. He is a member of EPSRC peer Review College, editorial board member of Journal Bionic Engineering, and deputy general secretary of International Society of Bionic Engineering. He is also a member to the UK CIBSE Patrons Steering Committee, UK Network of Sustainable Innovation of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (SIRAC), UK Heat Exchanger Action Group (HEXAG), and Process Intensification (PIN), Micro and Nano Fluids (MNF), and management committee member of the UK Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability (BIONIS). Prof. Yan was the Chairman of the 1st international Symposium of Biomimetic Functional Surfaces with Fluids Interactions (Biomimetic-FSFI) 2009, and Co-Chairman of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd International Conference of Bionic Engineering in 2006, 2008, and 2010, respectively. He has also been a member of the international academic adversary committees in a number of international conferences including Heat Transfer, Multiphase flow, Micro & Nano Fluids, etc., since 2003. He was keynote speakers at international conferences of Design & Nature 2004, ICBE 2006, 2008, 2010, MNF2009, Multiphase Flow 2007, Multiphase Flow 2009, ICNMM2009, IMPACT2012, ISHT-8 (2012), IHTS2014, ICBFE014, 19AFMC.

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