Professor Qing Xiao

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering


Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2007 and I’m currently a Professor in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering. I am committed teaching in thermodynamics, heat transfer, energy system management, marine pipeline and computational fluid dynamics.   

I have more than 25 years of research experience in the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) field with extensive experience ranging from numerical simulation of aerodynamic compressible flow to bio-mimetic and ocean renewable energy incompressible flow. My main research interests lie in the application of CFD for flow analysis of bio-inspired studies and ocean renewable energy. Some of my main research themes include the physical phenomena associated with a flapping wing and swimming fish with their applications in bioinspired under-water robots; flapping-based tidal energy device;  the offshore renewable energy devices such as tidal turbine, the fixed and floating wind turbine; wave energy converter and offshore fluid-structure interaction such as Vortex Induced Vibration.

In addition to my extensive research activities, I am currently an ITTC Ocean Engineering Committee member, Associated Editor of OMAE Journal, Editorial Board member of Ocean Engineering; a senior member of AIAA, member of OMAE.

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Role of cross-flow vibrations in the flow-induced rotations of an elastically mounted cylinder-plate system
Tang Tao, Zhu Hongjun, Xiao Qing, Chen Quanyu, Zhong Jiawen
Physics of Fluids Vol 36 (2024)
Experimental and computational analysis of elastomer membranes used in oscillating water column WECs
Abad Farhad, Lotfian Saeid, Dai Saishuai, Zhao Guangwei, Idarraga Alarcon Guillermo, Yang Liu, Huang Yang, Xiao Qing, Brennan Feargal
Renewable Energy Vol 226 (2024)
A new digital twin model of floating offshore wind turbine for cost-effective structural health monitoring
Yung Kobe Hoi Yin, Xiao Qing, Incecik Atilla, Thompson Peter
All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2024 (2024)
Dynamics of seaweed-inspired piezoelectric plates for energy harvesting from oscillatory cross flow
Zhu Qiang, Xiao Qing
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Vol 19 (2024)
VIV of two rigidly coupled side-by-side cylinders at subcritical Re
Yu Zhipeng, Wang Enhao, Bao Yan, Xiao Qing, Li Xiang, Incecik Atilla, Lin Bowen
International Journal of Mechanical Sciences Vol 267 (2024)
Numerical analysis of structured sheet material in flexible oscillating water column wave energy converter
Huang Yang, Idarraga Guillermo, Xiao Qing, Yang Liu, Dai Saishuai, Abad Farhad, Brennan Feargal, Lotfian Saeid
Proceedings of the ASME 2024 43rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2024) 43rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering (2024)

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Professional Activities

Keynote presentation on modelling and control of bio-inspired autonomous underwater vehicles
29th International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC)
Energies (Journal)
Guest editor
ASME 2021 International Offshore Wind Technical Conference, IOWTC2020
Chinese Journal of Ship Research (Journal)
Advisory Board Member
Taiwan Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (Publisher)
Advisory Board Member

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An Aquatic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Based on Bionics and Artificial Intelligence
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2026
Bionic Adaptive Stretchable Materials for WEC (BASM-WEC)
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Huang, Yang (Co-investigator)
This project aims to develop an advanced numerical modelling tool to investigate the fluid-flexible structure-interaction mechanism of Wave Energy Converters (WECs) and Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs). The focus is on studying the impact of elasticity on the aero- and hydro-elastic responses of these structures using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) approach. The current state-of-the-art modelling tools for flexible structures in Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) have limitations in accurately predicting complex behaviours and non-linear strain-stress relationships.
The methodology involves expanding existing computational tools to incorporate hyper-elastic material models and using a multi-physics simulation approach with the help of open-source codes. The project team requires powerful supercomputer resources to handle large-scale simulations of 3D flexible WEC and FOWT cases. The successful implementation of this project will have significant implications for the ORE industry and contribute to the well-being of the UK people.
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2024
Digital Twin model of Floating offshore wind turbine with fully coupled aero-hydrodynamic simulation (JARA Studentship External Funding - Kobe Hoi Yin Yung)
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
Offshore Inspection Sensor Technology Review for Modular Magnetic Bio-Inspired Autonomous Underwater Robot
Wright, Marvin Stuart (Co-investigator) Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator)
IAA Commercialisation funding for bio-inspired underwater robot prototype.
15-Jan-2022 - 15-Jan-2023
Multiphysics Study on Flexible Material Applications in Ocean Renewable Energy
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Li, Xiang (Co-investigator) Deng, Zhongsheng (Co-investigator)
Access to Tier-2 Cirrus Service, 4.0 million CPU hours, £38,704
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
EPSRC IAA - Offshore Inspection Sensor Technology Review for Modular Magnetic Bio-Inspired Autonomous Underwater Robot
Xiao, Qing (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025

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Professor Qing Xiao
Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Tel: 548 4779