Professor Ning Qin

BSc, MEng, PhD, CEng, AFAIAA, FRAeS

Professor Ning Qin

Professor of Aerodynamics

Academic Team Leader, Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 7718

Fax: +44 (0)114 222 7890

Email: n.qin@sheffield.ac.uk









Profile

Professor Ning Qin obtained his BSc (Mathematics) in 1982 and MEng (Aerodynamics) in 1984 from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. He later went on to obtain his PhD (Aerospace Engineering) in 1987 from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Ning Qin started his career working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow after his PhD under Professor Bryan Richards. He conducted research in the areas of predicting hypersonic heating for spaceplane in the British Horizontal Take-off and Landing HOTOL programme; investigating Navier-Stokes solution methods for high speed flows; developing Newton-like implicit and matrix-free methods for CFD and parallel computing on the i860 Hypercube parallel computing system.

He moved to Cranfield University College of Aeronautics in 1994 to take up a lectureship and was appointed to the Chair of Computational Aerodynamics in 1999. At Cranfield, he established the Centre for Computational Aerodynamics, with a wide range of funded research activities oriented at improving flow prediction capabilities in the aerospace design process.

In 2003, he took up the Chair of Aerodynamics at the University of Sheffield, heading the Thermo-Fluids Group until 2013. 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(Vertical Take-Off and Landing) Technology in 2000. He serves as an Associate Editor for IMechE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, RAeS Aeronautical Journal, Advances in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, and Chinese Journal of Aeronautics.






Areas of Research

He has been involved in a range of research and consultancy activities for Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics research and applications with over 300 journal and conference publications. His recent research interests include:

  • flow control for aircraft drag reduction and wind turbine performance
  • transonic shock control and flutter boundary prediction for wings and gas turbine blades
  • aerodynamic and multi-disciplinary design optimization
  • aerodynamics of novel future configurations including blended wing body aircraft
  • hypersonic aerothermodynamic heating and interactions
  • adjoint based aerodynamic shape optimisation
  • numerical method development for turbulence simulation and moving adaptive mesh

He has obtained research funding from research councils and industries including EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, European Commission, DERA (QinetiQ), BAE Systems, Westland Helicopters Ltd, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, DSTL, and Aircraft Research Association Ltd.

He was the Aerodynamic Task Leader in the European FP research project MOB (Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation of Blended Wing Body Aircraft) and the Technical Coordinator for EU project MARS (Flow Control for Drag Reduction). The impact of his research to aerospace industry has been detailed in the impact study cases of UK Research Excellence Framework REF2014.






Research Supervision

39 students have completed their PhD research degrees under Prof Qin’s supervision.






Teaching

  • MEC316 Wind Energy
  • MEC424 Aerodynamic Design





Selected Journal articles

Conferences

  • Qin N & Harris M (2013) Using the Medial Axis to Represent Complex Flow Structures for Flow Feature-Aligned Mesh Generation. AIAA Paper 2013-0150. Grapevine, Texas, USA, 7 January 2013 - 13 January 2013.
  • Chen ZJ & Qin N (2012) Propeller Effects on Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics. RAeS Applied Aerodynamic Conference: Modelling and Simulation in the Aerodynamic Design Process, 17 July 2012 - 19 July 2012.
  • Ahmed M & Qin N (2012) Investigation of the flow asymmetry around axi-symmetric spiked blunt bodies at hypersonic speeds. RAeS Applied Aerodynamic Conference: Modelling and Simulation in the Aerodynamic Design Process, 17 July 2012 - 19 July 2012.
  • Zhu F & Qin N (2012) Development of CST Geometric Parameterisation Method for an Entire Transport Aircraft. RAeS Applied Aerodynamic Conference: Modelling and Simulation in the Aerodynamic Design Process, 17 July 2012 - 19 July 2012.
  • Lu Q, Chen J, Cheng J, Qin N & Danao LAM (2011) Study of CFD simulation of a 3-D wind turbine. ICMREE2011 - Proceedings 2011 International Conference on Materials for Renewable Energy and Environment, Vol. 1 (pp 596-600)
  • Carnie G, Wang Y, Qin N & Shahpar S (2011) Design optimisation of casing grooves using the zipper layer meshing method. Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo, Vol. 7(PARTS A, B, AND C) (pp 1163-1174)
  • Qin N, Wang Y, Carnie G & Shahpar S (2011) Zipper layer method. Proceedings of the 20th International Meshing Roundtable, IMR 2011 (pp 587-599)
  • Zheng HW, Nicolleau FCGA & Qin N (2010) Assessment of des on the flow after a snow-flake orifice. Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design, Vol. 111 (pp 157-165)
  • De Feo DM, Qin N & Birch TJ (2010) A MUSCL and WENO - PNS approach for vortex dominated flowfields. 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
  • Zheng HW, Qin N & Shu C (2010) Three dimensional adaptive method for compressible multi-fluids flows. 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
  • Ahmed MYM & Qin N (2010) Metamodels for aerothermodynamic design optimization of hypersonic spiked blunt bodies. 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition