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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).

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Enhancement of performance of wave turbine during stall using passive flow control : first and second law analysis
Shehata Ahmed, Xiao Qing, Selim Mohamed M., Elbatran A.H. , Day Alexander
Renewable Energy Vol 113, pp. 369-392, (2017)
Three-dimensional numerical simulation of two-degree-of-freedom VIV of a circular cylinder with varying natural frequency ratios at Re = 500
Wang Enhao, Xiao Qing, Incecik Atilla
Journal of Fluids and Structures Vol 73, pp. 162-182, (2017)
The effect of spacing on the vortex-induced vibrations of two tandem flexible cylinders
Wang Enhao, Xiao Qing, Zhu Qiang , Incecik Atilla
Physics of Fluids Vol 29, (2017)
A coupled CFD/Multibody Dynamics analysis tool for offshore wind turbines with aeroelastic blades
Liu Yuanchuan, Xiao Qing, Incecik Atilla
36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, pp. 1-9, (2017)
Passive flow control for aerodynamic performance enhancement of airfoil with its application in Wells turbine – under oscillating flow condition
Shehata Ahmed S., Xiao Qing, Saqr Khalid M., Naguib Ahmed , Day Alexander
Ocean Engineering Vol 136, pp. 31-53, (2017)
Establishing a fully coupled CFD analysis tool for floating offshore wind turbines
Liu Yuanchuan, Xiao Qing, Incecik Atilla, Peyrard Christophe, Wan Decheng
Renewable Energy Vol 112, pp. 280-301, (2017)

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Professional activities

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
Biotechnology and Bioengineering (Journal)

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Xiao, Qing (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2011 - 13-Jun-2015
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
Period 01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2017
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
Period 01-Jul-2015 - 01-Aug-2016
New control systems for aero-elastic tailoring of wind turbines (WISE Project)
Yue, Hong (Principal Investigator) Xiao, Qing (Co-investigator) Martin, Richard (Co-investigator)
WISE project
Period 01-Jan-2015 - 31-Dec-2016
Computational and Experimental Testing of Current Energy Device (ResHydro Design Project)
Incecik, Atilla (Principal Investigator) Corney, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Day, Alexander (Co-investigator) Xiao, Qing (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2012 - 30-May-2015
A Feasibility Study for Establishing a Design Tool for Floating Tidal Energy System
Xiao, Qing (Principal Investigator)
"In the past decade, tidal stream energy converters have become a major focus for renewable energy with a number of turbine farms now in its planning and development phase. The majority of existing designs for tidal energy devices utilize sea-bed mounted turbine energy converters. These underwater devices however present many challenges related to economic and technical viability in terms of their installations and maintenances cost. In recent years, a floating type tidal energy device is being developed. The installation of such a device comprises of single or multiple turbines mounted on a floating platform anchored to the sea-bed with mooring lines. Research and industry teams in China and UK have presented multiple demonstrations both on a model scale and a full scale floating tidal energy converter. All of the results add credibility to their technical feasibility and cost effective nature as compared to fixed turbines. Despite the advantages of floating tidal current turbines (FTCT) over their fixed counterparts, the existing design guidance is not deemed to be ready for the commercial market. The key challenges include guaranteeing the safety of supporting platform and floating mooring lines, the survivability of large scale rotor under extreme sea conditions, the accurate assessment for the proper site selection and the reliable evaluation of environmental impacts. Existing industry design tools rely very much on the simplified models or individual component design rules which negatively impact the energy extraction process/amount/supply. The proposed project aims to integrate the work already carried out at University of Strathclyde in UK in the field of offshore renewable energy and floating offshore structure with the work performed at (a) Harbin Engineering University in China in the area of floating tidal turbine and (b) Ocean University of China in China in the field of tidal resources and environment impacts assessment. The main goal of the proposed research is to explore whether an integrated method is feasible to better understand the fundamental physics associated with a coupled floating tidal energy system through numerical framework with experimental comparisons and validations. This would then potentially provide more accurate industry design guidelines for the future commercialized FTCTs and other floating marine energy devices."
Period 30-Oct-2014 - 31-Oct-2015

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