Professor Ning Qin
BSc, MEng, PhD, AFAIAA, FRAeS
Professor of Aerodynamics
Head of Thermofluids Group
MEng Course Tutor (Year 3 & 4)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Telephone: +44(0)114 222 7718
Fax: +44(0)114 222 7890
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With a PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Ning Qin started his Aerodynamics/CFD research career working as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow. He conducted research in the area of predicting hypersonic heating (in the HOTOL spaceplane programme), investigating Navier-Stokes methods for high speed flows, developing Newton-like implicit methods for CFD and parallel computing on the Daresbury's i860 Hypercube, an early national parallel computing system.
He moved to Cranfield University College of Aeronautics in 1994 and was appointed to the Chair of Computational Aerodynamics in 1999. At Cranfield, he established the Center for Computational Aerodynamics, with a wide range of funded research activities.
In 2003, he was appointed to a Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at the University of Sheffield, heading the Aerodynamics and Thermo-Fluids Group.
Professor Qin is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was awarded the RAeS Hafner Prize on VTOL Technology in 2000. He is an Associate Editor or on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals.
He is involved in a wide range of research and consultancy activities for Aerodynamic/CFD research and applications. He has published over 160 journal and conference papers in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics. His recent research interests include: flow control, aerodynamic and multi-disciplinary optimization; micro-fluidic simulations; helicopter unsteady aerodynamics; supersonic and hypersonic vortical flows and interactions; transonic flutter boundary prediction, and algorithm development for turbulence simulation. He obtained research funding from research councils and industries including EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, EU, DERA(QinetiQ), BAE Systems, Westland Helicopters Ltd, Airbus, Rolls Royce and Aircraft Research Associates.
Areas of Research
The Aerodynamics Research Group's interest is in the development and application of computational aerodynamic tools to a wide range of industrial problems in aerospace, automotive, and environmental industries. These advanced tools provide in-depth analyses and design optimisation for engineering products, such as aircraft wing drag reduction, racing car down force enhancement, and wind turbine blade efficiency improvement.
The aerodynamic analysis and design tools vary from very fast panel methods to popular commercial CFD packages, from the most advanced adjoint method for optimisation (adj-MERLIN) to the detached eddy simulation software (DGDES) for massively separated turbulent flows, developed within the group.
Current projects include: wake vortex aircraft interactions for aviation safety, shock control for drag reduction, control bump optimisation for transonic wing performance, dynamic grid DES for synthetic jets flow control, and adaptive meshing techniques.
The Aerodynamics Research Group is equipped with a number of CFD pre- and post-processing packages for grid generation and flow visualisation, two Linux parallel computing clusters, and two low speed wind tunnels for experimental aerodynamic research and CFD validation.
- MEC316 Solar and Wind Energy
- MEC380 Aircraft Design
- MEC404 Computational Fluid Dynamics
- MEC424 Aerodynamic Design
- From flying wings to blended wing body aircraft,
Qin, N. (2006),
in McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology.
- Experience with the Osher scheme for applied aerodynamics,
Qin, N. (2001),
in Godunov Methods: Theory and Applications, ed. Toro, E. F.,
Kulwer Academic/Plenum Publishers: New York.
Selected Journal Papers
- Unsteady flow simulation and dynamic stall behaviour of vertical axis wind turbine blades,
Qin, N., Howell, R., Durrani, N., Hamada, K. & Smith, T. (2011),
Wind Engineering, 35(4), pp. 511-527
- Recent advances in the aerothermodynamics of spiked hypersonic vehicles,
Ahmed, M. Y. M. & Qin, N. (2011),
Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 47(6), pp. 425-449
- A solution adaptive simulation of compressible multi-fluid flows with general equation of state,
Zheng, H. W., Shu, C., Chew, Y. T. & Qin, N. (2011),
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 67(5), pp. 616-637
- A hybrid LES (Large Eddy Simulation)/assumed sub-grid PDF (Probability Density Function),
Wang, H. B., Qin, N., Sun, M. B., Wu, H. Y. & Wang, Z. G. (2011),
Science China: Technological Sciences, 54(10), pp. 2694-2707
- Behaviour of detached eddy simulations for mild airfoil trailing-edge separation,
Durrani, N. & Qin, N. (2011),
Journal of Aircraft, 48(1), pp. 193-202
- Numerical investigation of aeroheating characteristics of spiked blunt bodies at Mach six flight conditions,
Ahmed, M. Y. M. & Qin, N. (2011),
The Aeronautical Journal, 115(1165), pp. 377-386
- Active transonic aerofoil design optimization using robust multiobjective evolutionary algorithms,
Lee, D. S., Periaux, J., Onate, E., Gonzalez, L. F. & Qin, N. (2011),
Journal of Aircraft, 48(3), pp. 1084-1094
- Quadrilateral cell-based anisotropic adaptive solution for the Euler equations,
Zheng, H. W., Qin, N., Nicolleau & Shu, C. (2011),
Communications in Computational Physics, 9(1), pp. 68-88.
- Effects of pitching rotation on aerodynamics of tandem flapping wing sections of a hovering dragonfly,
Elarbi, E. M. & Qin, N. (2011),
The Aeronautical Journal, 114(1161), pp. 699-710
- Metamodels for aerothermodynamic design optimization of hypersonic spiked blunt bodies,
Ahmed, M. Y. M. & Qin, N. (2010),
Aerospace Science and Technology, 14, pp. 364-376
- Vortex capturing using PNS-WENO schemes in uniform and non uniform mesh formulations,
De Feo, D, Qin, N. & Birch, T. J. (2010),
Advanced in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 2(4), pp. 399-429
- Drag reduction using aerodisks for hypersonic hemispherical bodies,
Ahmed, M. Y. M. & Qin, N. (2010),
Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 47(1), pp. 62-80
- A general profile parameterization of hydrodynamic journal bearings for efficient shape optimization,
Pang, X., Qin, N., Dwyer-Joyce, R. S., Chen, J. & Wang, J. (2010),
Tribology Transactions, 53(1), pp. 117-126
- Wind tunnel and numerical study of a small vertical axis wind turbine,
Howell, R., Qin, N., Edwards, J. & Durrani, N. (2010),
Renewable Energy, 35, pp. 412-422
- Multiquadric finite difference (MQ-FD) method and its application,
Shan, Y. Y., Shu, C. & Qin, N. (2009),
Advances in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 1(5), pp. 615-638
- A combined experimental and numerical study of flow structures over three-dimensional shock control bumps,
Wong, W. S., Qin, N., Sellars, N., Holden, H. & Babinsky, H. (2008),
Aerospace Science and Technology, 12(6), pp. 436-447
- Detached eddy simulation of a synthetic jet for flow control,
Qin, N. & Xia, H. (2008),
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Systems and Control Engineering, 222(I5), pp. 373-380
- New dynamic grid algorithm and its application,
Liu, X., Li, Q., Chai, J., and Qin, N. (2008),
Acta Aeronautica et Astronautica Sinica, 29(4), pp. 817-822.
- Three-dimensional contour bumps for transonic wing drag reduction,
Qin, N., Wong, W. S., and Le Moigne, A. (2008),
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 222(5), pp. 619-629.
- Development of a local MQ-DQ-based stencil adaptive method and its application to solve incompressible Navier-Stokes equations,
Shu, C., Shan, Y. Y., and Qin, N. (2007),
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 55(4), pp. 367-386.
- Study of the effects of wing sweep on the aerodynamic performance of a blended wing body aircraft,
Siouris, S. and Qin, N. (2007),
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 221(1), pp. 47-55.
- Wake vortex model for real-time flight simulation based on large eddy simulation,
Spence, G. T., Le Moigne, A., Allerton, D. J., and Qin, N. (2007),
Journal of Aircraft, 44(2), pp. 467-475.
- Iterative response surface based optimization scheme for transonic airfoil design,
Vavalle, A. and Qin, N. (2007),
Journal of Aircraft, 44(2), pp. 365-376.
- Parallel adjoint-based optimisation of a blended wing body aircraft with shock control bumps,
Wong, W. S., Le Molgne, A., and Qin, N. (2007),
Aeronautical Journal, 111(1117), pp. 165-174.
- BILU implicit multiblock Euler/Navier-Stokes simulation for rotor tip vortex and wake convection,
Zhong, B., Shaw, S., and Qin, N. (2007),
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 55(6), pp. 509-536.
- Fast dynamic grid deformation based on Delaunay graph mapping,
Liu, X., Qin, N., and Xia, H. (2006),
Journal of Computational Physics, 211(2), pp. 405-423.
- Flow feature aligned grid adaptation,
Qin, N. and Liu, X. (2006),
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 67(6), pp. 787-814.
- Spanwise lift distribution for blended wing body aircraft,
Qin, N., Vavalle, A., and Moigne, A. L. (2005),
Journal of Aircraft, 42(2), pp. 356-365.
- Elimination AD applied to Jacobian assembly for an implicit compressible CFD solver,
Tadjouddine, M., Forth, S. A., and Qin, N. (2005),
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 47(10-11), pp. 1315-1321.
- Variable-fidelity aerodynamic optimization for turbulent flows using a discrete adjoint formulation,
Moigne, A. L. and Qin, N. (2004),
AIAA Journal, 42(7), pp. 1281-1292.
- Numerical study of active shock control for transonic aerodynamics,
Qin, N., Zhu, Y., and Shaw, S. T. (2004),
International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow, 14(4), pp. 444-466.