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.   

I have more than 20 years of research experience in the Computational Fluid Dynaimcs (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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Numerical study of propulsion mechanism for oscillating rigid and flexible tuna-tails
Yang L, Su Y M, Xiao Q
Journal of Bionic Engineering Vol 8, pp. 406-417 (2011)
Parametric study on a cylinder drag reduction using downstream undulating foil
Xiao Qing, Liu Wendi, Hu Jianxin
European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids Vol 36, pp. 48-62 (2012)
Energy extraction by flexible flapping twin wing
Liu Wendi, Xiao Qing
32nd Int Conf on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2013) (2013)
Numerical simulation of a multi-body system mimicking coupled active and passive movements of fish swimming
Hu Jianxin, Xiao Qing, Li Ruoxin
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering Vol 9 (2021)
Jet propulsion of a squid-inspired swimmer in the presence of background flow
Luo Yang, Xiao Qing, Zhu Qiang, Pan Guang
Physics of Fluids Vol 33 (2021)
A numerical swallowing-capacity analysis of a vacant, cylindrical, bi-directional tidal turbine duct in aligned & yawed flow conditions
Borg Mitchell G, Xiao Qing, Allsop Steven, Incecik Atilla, Peyrard Christophe
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering Vol 9 (2021)

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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
Ocean Engineering (Journal)
Editorial board member
Applied Energy (Journal)

More professional activities


Flexible structure wave energy converter
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Li, Xiang (Researcher)
This project represents the first stage in the development of a new and revolutionary commercial scale Wave Energy Converter (WEC). The concept is based on a very innovative compressible rubber hydrodynamic subsystem and overlying hydraulic off take system. This project will use modelling tool to analyse a simplified model of the WEC.
15-Jan-2021 - 12-Jan-2021
Feasibility study on hydro-power renewable energy device
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Deng, Zhongsheng (Researcher)
The project aims to achieve proof of concept for a new renewable energy device developed by New Energy Scotland Ltd. The project receives the funding support from The Scottish Funding Council.
01-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2021
Offshore floating structure hydrodynamic analysis in ORE applications
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Zhou, Yang (Co-investigator)
This is an application for EPSRC Resource Allocation Panel (RAP): Access to Cirrus HPC Service from EPCC. This proposed project aimed to further advance the numerical modelling tool and investigate the offshore floating structures with their applications in Ocean Renewable Energy (ORE) area.
16-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2021
Otter Turbine Numerical Analysis for Ormsary Farmers LP
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
Autonomous Biomimetic Robot-fish for Offshore Wind Farm Inspection
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020
Offshore floating wind turbine’s hydrodynamics and structure study under extreme wave and unsteady wind field condition
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator)
This is an application for EPSRC Resource Allocation Panel (RAP): Access to Cirrus HPC Service from EPCC.
This proposed project is a numerical investigation on the hydrodynamic and structure characteristics of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) system with aero-elastic blades under extreme wave and unsteady wind conditions to foster system sustainability.
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020

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