Xinyu Zhang

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering
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Contact

Office

Room 313, Sir Peter Mansfield Building

Campus

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Address

199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

Telephone

+86 (0) 574 8818 0000-8312

Qualifications

Post Doctoral Fellow, Chemical Engineering (The Ohio State University, USA),
PhD, Mechanical Engineering (Clarkson University, USA),
B.Eng, M.Eng, D.Eng, Energy Engineering (Zhejiang University)

Biography

Expertise summary

I started my academic life at Zhejiang University in 1985 whilst studying for a B.Eng. degree in Energy Engineering, following which I worked at Zhengzhou Design & Research Institute of Coal Mine and was appointed as an Assistant engineer in 1990. With two years' industrial experience on Heating and Water System Design, I returned to Zhejiang University in 1991 and started my M.Eng. degree study in Energy Engineering, following which I performed researching for my D.Eng. degree in Energy Engineering again at Zhejiang University. I was appointed as a University Post Doctoral Fellow in 1998 at the Chemical Engineering Department of the Ohio State University, following which I was appointed as a Visiting Scholar in 2000 at the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of Clarkson University and transferred to a Ph.D. candidate in 2002 and got my Ph.D. in 2009. I was a research associate ever since till I was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China in 2012.

I am a member of ASME and AAAR and Senior Member ofAICHE.  I am heavily involved with review works for 14 international Journals. I have carried out consultancy work for Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology.

Consultancy

Consultancy to Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology

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Teaching

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China since August 1st, 2012.

Instructor for Intermediate Fluid Mechanics at 2003 Clarkson University Summer School, Potsdam, New York, USA. Full time. June 30, 2003- August 01, 2003. Received Satisfied student evaluation.

SUNY Canton Professional NSF STEM Tutorfor 2011 Spring and Fall semester. Canton, New York, USA. Part time, February 07, 2011-December, 2011.

SUNY Canton Professional Math Lab and Individual Tutor  for 2011 Fall semester. Canton,   New York, USA. Part time, September 21, 2011- December, 2011.

Courses taught:

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1

Foundation Mechanics

Intermediate Fluid Mechanics

Courses tutored:

Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Survey of Math, Statics, Statistics, Strength of Materials, Dynamics, College Physics.


Research interests

Major research interests

  • Modeling and CFD in Multiphase Flows (Gas-solid or Gas-droplet Two Phase Flows, Gas-liquid-solid Three Phase Flows) using Finite Difference or Finite Volume method; RANS, LES and DNS for turbulence; DEM for particles; DEM or VOF for bubbles; MAC and VOF for interface.
  • Particulate Flows and Coupled Fluid Flows; Computational Combustion and Reacting Flows.
  • Particle Technology and Particle Effects; Aerosol Dynamics as well as Particle Transport, Deposition and Removal.
  • Energy Systems and Renewable/clean Energy (Bioenergy; Coalliquefaction; Thermal Solar Power extraction; Hydrogen Production; Solid Fuel gasification).

Publications

Refereed journal papers

  1. Xinyu Zhang and Goodarz Ahmadi, Numerical Simulations of Liquid- gas-solid Three-phase Flows in Microgravity, Journal of Computational Multiphase Flows, Volume 4, Number 1, pp. 41-63, 2012
  2. Xinyu Zhang and Goodarz Ahmadi, Effects of Electrostatic and   Capillary   Forces and Surface Deformation on Particle Detachment in Turbulent Flows, Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, Volume 25, Number 11, pp. 1175-1210, 2011.
  3. Xinyu Zhang, Goodarz Ahmadi, Jing Qian and Andrea Ferro, Particle Detachment, Resuspension and Transport Due to Human Walking in Indoor Environments, Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, Vol. 22, Issue: 5-6, pp. 591-621. 2008.    
  4. Xinyu Zhang and Goodarz Ahmadi, Effects of   Capillary   Force and Surface Deformation on Particle Removal in Turbulent Flows, Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, Vol. 21, No. 16, pp. 1589- 1611, 2007.
  5. Goodarz Ahmadi, Shiguang Guo and Xinyu Zhang, Particle Adhesion and Detachment in Turbulent Flows Including Capillary Forces, Particulate Science and Technology 25: no.1, pp.59-76, 2007.
  6. Xinyu Zhang and Goodarz Ahmadi, Eulerian-Lagrangian Simulations of Liquid-Gas-Solid Flows in Three-Phase Slurry Reactors, Chemical Engineering Science 60 (2005) 5089-5104.

Conference presentations

Refereed conferencepapers

  1. Xinyu Zhang and Goodarz Ahmadi, Roles of Neutrally Buoyant Particles in Gas-liquid-solid Flows, ASME Fluid and Heat Transfer Engineering Conference, July 8-12, 2012, Puerto Rico, USA.
  2. Xinyu Zhang and Goodarz Ahmadi, Particle Effects on Gas-Liquid-Solid Flows in Bubble Columns, ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 11-17, 2011, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  3. Xinyu Zhang, Goodarz Ahmadi, Jing Qian, Andrea Ferro and Lin Tian, Numerical Investigation of Electrostatic Effect on Indoor Particle Resuspension Due to Human Activity, 7th Asian  Aerosol Conference, August 17-20, 2011, Xian, China.
  4. Xinyu Zhang, Andrea Ferro and Goodarz Ahmadi, Indoor Anthrax Spore Resuspension Due to Human Walking, Indoor Air 2011, June 5-10, Austin, Texas.
  5. Xinyu Zhang, Goodarz Ahmadi, Jing Qian and Andrea Ferro, Evaluation of Electrostatic Forces and Its  Effect on Indoor Particle Resuspension Due to Human Walking, Indoor Air 2011, June 5-10, Austin, Texas.
  6. Xinyu Zhang, Goodarz Ahmadi, Numerical Simulations on Gas-liquid-particle Three-phase Flows under Microgravity, 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, August 1-4, 2010. Montreal, Canada.
  7. Xinyu Zhang, Goodarz Ahmadi, Electrostatic and Capillary Effects on the Detachment of Particles with Surface Deformation in Turbulent Flows, 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, August 1-4, 2010. Montreal, Canada.
  8. Xinyu Zhang, Goodarz Ahmadi, Jing Qian and Andrea Ferro, Evaluation of the Electrostatic Effects on Indoor Particle Resuspension and Transport Due to Human Walking, 7th International Conference on Multiphase Flow, ICMF 2010, May 30 – June 4, 2010, Tampa, FL, USA.
  9. Xinyu Zhang and Goodarz Ahmadi, Micro Particles Detachment in Turbulent Flows with Electrostatic and Capillary Effects and Surface Deformation, Proceedings Of FEDSM2009, 2009 ASME   Fluids Engineering Summer   Meeting, August 2-5, 2009, Vail Cascade Resort and Spa in Vail, Colorado.
  10. Xinyu Zhang and Goodarz Ahmadi, Simulations of Three-phase Liquid-Bubble-Solid Flows under Variable Gravitation Conditions, Proceedings of International Conference on Multiphase Flow, 9.-13. July, 2007. Leipzig,Germany.
  11. Xinyu Zhang, Goodarz Ahmadi, Jing Qian and Andrea Ferro, Particle Resuspension and Transport Due to Human Walking in Indoor Environment, Proceedings of International Conference on Multiphase Flow, 9.-13. July, 2007. Leipzig,Germany.
  12. Goodarz Ahmadi and Xinyu Zhang, Three-Phase Liquid-Gas-Solid Flows in a  Bubble Column, Proceedings Of FEDSM2005, 2005 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and Exhibition, June 19-23, 2005, Houston, TX, USA.
  13. Goodarz Ahmadi and Xinyu Zhang, Gas-Liquid-Particle Three-Phase Flows in Bubble Columns, Proceedings Of ASME-FED/JSME Summer 2003 Meeting 8th International Symposium on Gas-Liquid Flows, July 6-10, 2003, Sheration Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Invited presentations

Introduction to PHOENICS, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, P.R. China. October15, 1997..

Numerical Simulations of Three-Phase Bubbly Flows in Bubble Columns, Xerox Corporation, Webster, NY, USA. October 29, 2004.

Gas-Liquid-Solid Three-Phase Flows, ANSYS, Inc. Lebanon, NH. USA. July, 29, 2010.

Gas-Liquid-Solid Three-Phase Flows, ADINA R & D, Inc., Watertown, MA, USA. December 2, 2010

 


Funded projects / Research grants

Research grant and contracts

Jianyong Lou (Zhejiang University of Technology), Lihua Chen, (Zhejiang University), Xinyu Zhang (Clarkson University), Numerical Simulation on Gas-Particle Two-Phase Flow Using Fictitious Domain Method, Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang, China, 50,000 RMB (October, 2008 )

Travel grants

For relocation to Columbus, Ohio, USA as a University Post doctoral Fellow at the Chemical Engineering Department of the Ohio State University, December 1998, The Graduate School of the Ohio State University ($500).

For the attendance of the 12th International Conference on Wear of Materials in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. April,1999, The Graduate School of the Ohio State University ($500).