Dr Qing Xiao


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

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

My recent research interests are numerical simulations and modeling of marine related fluid problems. There are three main research directions in my research group. (a) The flow analysis in bio-mimetic study, such as the physical phenomena associated with a flapping wing and swimming fish with their applications in bio-inspired robot and propeller. (b) The general fluid mechanics and aerodynamics. (c) The marine and wind renewable energy devices (tidal/current and offshore renewable energy).

For more information please visit our research team webpage:





The effect of variable stiffness of tuna-like fish body and fin on swimming performance
Luo Yang, Xiao Qing, Shi Guangyu, Pan Guang, Chen Daoyi
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics (2020)
Numerical investigation of an actively and passively controlled skeleton-reinforced caudal fin
Shi Guangyu, Xiao Qing, Zhu Qiang
AIAA Journal (2020)
A numerical performance analysis of a ducted high-solidity tidal turbine
Borg Mitchell G, Xiao Qing, Allsop Steven, Incecik Atilla, Peyrard Christophe
Renewable Energy Vol 159, pp. 663-682 (2020)
The effect of inclination on vortex-induced vibration of a circular cylinder with a base column
Liu Yuanchuan, Liu Fushun, Xiao Qing, Lin Zhou
Ocean Engineering (2020)
A fluid-structure interaction study on a bionic fish fin with non-uniform stiffness distribution
Luo Yang, Xiao Qing, Shi Guangyu
Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (2020)
Computational investigation on a self-propelled pufferfish driven by multiple fins
Li Ruoxin, Xiao Qing, Liu Yuanchuan, Li Lijun, Liu Hao
Ocean Engineering Vol 197 (2020)

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Professional activities

Workshop on Offshore Wind and Wave Energy for Turkey
Keynote/plenary speaker
Biomimetic study and its applications in renewable energy devices
Computational Fluid-Structure Dynamics in offshore, renewable & marine technology
Elsevier (Publisher)
Editorial board member
Applied Energy (Journal)
Ocean Engineering (Journal)
Editorial board member

more professional activities


Autonomous Biomimetic Robot-fish for Offshore Wind Farm Inspection
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
A Feasibility Study on Hydropower Generation by Hydrostatic Pressure
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Liu, Wendi (Researcher)
The project is commissioned by the Subsea Hydropower Ltd and supported by the ETP Knowledge Exchange Network Engagement Fund. This project will carry out mathematical modelling to ascertain the feasibility of the proposed subsea turbine design.
If the design is not feasible as it stands then changes will be suggested to achieve this.
Should the initial design as provided prove feasible then improvements will be suggested so as to increase overall efficiency of the product.
08-Jan-2018 - 13-Jan-2018
Assessment of offshore floating wind turbine’s hydrodynamic and structure performance to foster system sustainability
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Liu, Wendi (Co-investigator) Liu, Yuanchuan (Researcher)
EPSRC Resource Allocation Panel (RAP): Access to Tier-2 Cirrus Service
15-Jan-2018 - 14-Jan-2019
Understanding Bio-Inspired Robot Propulsion, Maneuvering, and Power ? Hydrodynamic Control & Auton
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Post, Mark (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020
A Study of Bio-inspired Three-dimensional PASSIVELY Deformed Flexible Blade for Wind/Tidal Turbines (EPSRC)
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Liu, Wendi (Co-investigator)
EPSRC Resource Allocation Panel (RAP): Access to ARCHER
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2016
Enhancement and sustainability the capability of NAOME in Marine Renewable Energy Research
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator)
funded by Faculty of Engineering Strategic Research Funding, Strathclyde University, UK
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2017

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Henry Dyer Building

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