Professor Yi Qin

Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Personal statement

Professor Yi Qin (FIMechE, FIoN, FHeA, CEng, PhD, MSc and BEng), is a Professor in Manufacturing Technology and Systems, Director of the Centre for Precision Manufacturing, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Manufacturing Review, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture, Secretary to the Committee of the UK University Manufacturing Engineering Consortium, and a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Professor Qin’s interests in research and technological development (RTD) include Materials Forming, Micro/Precision-Manufacturing, Numerical Modelling, and Manufacturing System Technology. He has taken the lead in several large-scale RTD projects, including co-ordination of one of the largest manufacturing research projects in EU - FP6 integrated project MASMICRO for the development of an integrated facility for the mass-manufacture of micro-components. He is the Project Co-ordinator of EU FAST-SMART Project (2020-2024). His recent/current RTD projects include EU Micro-FAST, LoCoLite, Counter-Fog, MMTech, SUPERMAT, LoCoMaTech, MicroMAN, M3DLoC and FAST-SMART project, and UK EPSRC Micro-3D, AUTOMAN and Manufacturing the future SMART project.

Professor Qin has published over 250 technical articles on various subjects in the fields of materials, manufacturing and numeric modelling, including a book on "Micro-Manufacturing Engineering and Technology" (published by Elsevier, 1st edition in June 2010, and 2nd edition in June 2015), and 5 journal special-issues. He is also an Advisor to the International Commercial Magazine "Micro-Manufacturing", and edited newsletters for EU MINAM Platform and NanoFutures Platform.

Professor Qin has delivered keynote speeches and invited lectures at more than 30 international conferences/workshops. He has reviewed technical papers for more than 20 international journals and been a member of the scientific committee for more than 40 international conferences. He was the Chair of the 4th International Conference on New Forming Technology (ICNFT) (Glasgow, August 2015), and Co-Chair of the 5th ICNFT (Bremen, Sept. 2018).


Deformation mechanism of ZK61 magnesium alloy cylindrical parts with longitudinal inner ribs during hot backward flow forming
Xia Qinxiang, Long Jinchuan, Xiao Gangfeng, Yuan Shuai, Qin Yi
Journal of Materials Processing Technology Vol 296 (2021)
Optimisation of micro W-bending process parameters using I-optimal design-based response surface methodology
Liu Xiaoyu, Han Xiao, Zhao Shiping, Qin Yi, Wan-Nawang Wan Adlan, Yang Tianen
Manufacturing Review Vol 8 (2021)
Flow characterization of magnesium alloy ZK61 during hot deformation with improved constitutive equations and using activation energy maps
Long Jinchuan, Xia Qinxiang, Xiao Gangfeng, Qin Yi, Yuan Shuai
International Journal of Mechanical Sciences Vol 191 (2021)
Manufacturing of anti-fogging super-hydrophilic microstructures on glass by nanosecond laser
Yang Liang, Luo Xichun, Chang Wenlong, Tian Yankang, Wang Zhengjian, Gao Jian, Cai Yukui, Qin Yi, Duxbury Mark
Journal of Materials Processing Technology Vol 59, pp. 557-565 (2020)
A new static method of calibration for low-cost laser triangulation systems
Zhao Yihui, Bin Mohamed Supri Taufik, Yang Song, Qin Yi
Measurement Vol 156 (2020)
Dynamic behaviours of water droplets impacting on laser ablated surfaces
Cai Yukui, Luo Xichun, Tian Yankang, Hasan Rashed Md Murad, Chang Wenlong, Qin Yi
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects Vol 580 (2019)

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Professional activities

2019 International Conference on Lightweight Materials and Manufacture (LMM 2019)
Keynote/plenary speaker
The 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space
World Congress on Micro and Nano Manufacturing (Event)
2nd Asian Pacific Symposium on Technology of Plasticity
International Conference on Lightweight Materials and Manufacture
Keynote/plenary speaker
Multi-scale Modelling of Multi-layered Surface Systems

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Advanced manufacturing for insulating and energy harvesting/storage materials for climate adaptive building envelopes
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2025
Injection Moulding Repurposing for Medical Supplies enabled by Additive Manufacturing
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
New generation of offshore turbine blades with intelligent architectures of hybrid, nano-enabled multi-materials via advanced manufacturing
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator) Luo, Xichun (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
A Multiscale Digital Twin-Driven Smart Manufacturing System for High Value-Added Products
Luo, Xichun (Principal Investigator) Qin, Yi (Co-investigator) Ward, Michael (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2024
FAST and Nano-Enabled SMART Materials, Structures and Systems for Energy Harvesting (FAST_SMART)
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
FAST and Nano-Enabled SMART Materials, Structures and Systems for Energy Harvesting - FAST-SMART (H2020)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
Numerical modelling of laser metal deposition (LMD) process for melt pool temperatu re distribution and deposited tracks’ geometry prediction(Route-to-Impact project)
Zeng, Quanren (CoPI) Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator) Tian, Yankang (Co-investigator) Reimer, Andreas (Administrator) Fitzpatrick, Stephen (Administrator)
The project was focused on the development and validation of an integrated approach for the modelling of  Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) for melt pool temperature distribution and deposited tracks’ geometry prediction for the fabrication of metal components by this additive manufacturing process. 

The project was funded by the "Route to Impact" call from the Advanced Forming Research Centre, a High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre which is funded and managed by Innovate UK.
01-Jan-2019 - 15-Jan-2020

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