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).


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)
A single-step fabrication approach for development of antimicrobial surfaces
Cai Yukui, Luo Xichun, MacLean Michelle, Qin Yi, Duxbury Mark, Ding Fei
Journal of Materials Processing Technology Vol 271, pp. 249-260 (2019)
A sequential process for manufacturing nature-inspired anisotropic superhydrophobic structures on AISI 316L stainless steel
Cai Yukui, Xu Zongwei, Wang Hong, Lau King Hang Aaron, Ding Fei, Sun Jining, Qin Yi, Luo Xichun
Nanomanufacturing and Metrology (2019)
Heating schemes and process parameters of induction heating of aluminium sheets for hot stamping
Tian Yankang, Wang Libo, Anyasodor Gerald, Xu Zhenhai, Qin Yi
Manufacturing Review Vol 6 (2019)
A hybrid laser ablation and chemical etching process for manufacturing nature-inspired anisotropic superhydrophobic structures
Cai Yukui, Luo Xichun, Xu Zongwei, Lau King Hang Aaron, Ding Fei, Qin Yi
EUSPEN's 19th International Conference & Exhibition, pp. 90-93 (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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FAST and Nano-Enabled SMART Materials, Structures and Systems for Energy Harvesting (FAST_SMART)
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
AFRC_CATP_1542_R2I-(Academic) - Numerical modelling of laser metal deposition (LMD) process for melt pool temperature distribution and deposited tracks’ geometry prediction
Zeng, Quanren (CoPI) Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator) Tian, Yankang (Co-investigator) Reimer, Andreas (Administrator) Fitzpatrick, Stephen (Administrator)
The laser metal deposition (LMD) is a promising additive manufacturing technology for the fabrication of the near net shape components with streams of metal powder for some high-end applications in the aircraft & aerospace, high performance automotive, and medical device industry. Besides, it is especially suitable for remanufacturing of high-value components and easier for creating compositionally-graded material for specific applications, which could meet the demands both from the SMEs (e.g. be cost-effective & quick time-to-market) and from specific R&D sectors (e.g. be innovative & creative). However, the LMD process is complexed and with so many influencing parameters and factors; the consistence of the deposited components quality during the practical production is not always well maintained. Trails and errors method will be an expensive and time-consuming way to find the optimal parameter sets to fabricate or remanufacture fully-dense, crack free, geometrically-complex components.
The Centre for Precision Manufacturing (CPM) group in DMEM had been investigated numerical modelling methods for LMD in the last few years. A series individual models (e.g. Powder dynamics CFD models, melt-pool formation models, track solidification model) and a multiscale/multi-physics/multi-phase (3M) integrated model relating to the LMD process had already been developed. CPM wants to make use of the "Route to Impact" funding to further experimental validation of the proposed models and find different end-users and more applications in industry, especially in the remanufacturing or the maintenance, repair and operations areas. (Total funding:£23,000)
01-Jan-2019 - 29-Jan-2020
Manufacturing of 3D Microfluidic MEMS for Lab-on-a-Chip applications - M3DLoC
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2021
Low-cost materials processing technologies for mass production of lightweight vehicles (H2020-NMBP) LoCoMaTech Project
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2019
The VIRTUAL Centre for Integration of INNOVATIVE synthesis and Processing methods (SUPERMAT) (H2020 - TWINN - 2015)
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2018
European Training Network on "Process Fingerprint for Zero-defec Net-shape MICROMANufacturing" H2020 MSCA ETN)
Luo, Xichun (Principal Investigator) Qin, Yi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2019

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