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 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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Ground effects on the propulsion of an undulating pectoral fin with various aspect ratios
Shi Guangyu, Xiao Qing, Boulougouris Evangelos
Journal of Fluids and Structures (2021)
Fluid-structure interaction analysis on motion control of a self-propelled flexible plate near a rigid body utilizing PD control
Luo Yang, Wright Marvin Stuart, Xiao Qing, Yue Hong, Pan Guang
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Vol 16 (2021)
A numerical structural analysis of ducted, high-solidity, fibre-composite tidal turbine rotor configurations in real flow conditions
Borg Mitchell G, Xiao Qing, Allsop Steven, Incecik Atilla, Peyrard Christophe
Ocean Engineering Vol 233 (2021)
Development of modular bio-inspired autonomous underwater vehicle for close subsea asset inspection
Gorma Wael, Post Mark A, White James, Gardner James, Luo Yang, Wright Marvin, Kim Jongrae, Mitchell Paul D, Morozs Nils, Xiao Qing
Applied Sciences Vol 11 (2021)
Numerical investigation of a bio-inspired underwater robot with skeleton-reinforced undulating fins
Shi Guangyu, Xiao Qing
European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids Vol 87, pp. 75-91 (2021)
Investigation of nonlinear difference-frequency wave excitation on a semisubmersible offshore-wind platform with bichromatic-wave CFD simulations
Wang Lu, Robertson Amy, Jonkman Jason, Yu Yi-Hsiang, Koop Arjen, Nadal Adrià Borràs, Li Haoran, Shi Wei, Pinguet Romain, Zhou Yang, Xiao Qing, Kumar Rupesh, Sarlak Hamid
Proceedings of the ASME 2021 3rd International Offshore Wind Technical Conference, IOWTC 2021 ASME 2020 3rd International Offshore Wind Technical Conference (2021)

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Professional activities

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
IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Symposium (AUV) 2020 Symposium

More professional activities


Mooring analysis and design for offshore WEC survivability and fatigue
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
Bionic Adaptive Stretchable Materials for WEC (BASM-WEC)
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator) Bomphray, Iain (Co-investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Yang, Liu (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
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

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