Professor Yang Zhang

Professor Yang ZhangProfessor of Combustion and Energy

Director of Postgraduate Studies (PGR)

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

Telephone: +44(0)114 2227880
Fax: +44(0)114 2227890

email : yz100@sheffield.ac.uk


Profile

Professor Yang Zhang received BEng from Zhejiang University, China and PhD in the Engineering Department of Cambridge University. He then worked as a Research Associate and Research Fellow (Darwin College, Cambridge University) on two projects (Integrated Diesel European Action : IDEA and the follow-on project IDEA EFFECT) supported by six European car manufacturers and EU. After this, he moved to UMIST and then the University of Manchester before taking the Chair of Combustion and Energy in Sheffield.

His laboratory specialises in combustion and advanced flow diagnostics. The combustion lab has several lab scale burners for both fundamental research and teaching. An industrial gas turbine combustor (1 MW) is available for testing and research. A high pressure test burner up to 20 bar has been built for combustion studies. The burner has two quartz windows and two pure silicon windows, which are transparent to infrared and longer wavelength (e.g. Terahertz wave).

Besides the conventional diagnostic techniques, the group is known for in-house developed diagnostic techniques, which can be applied not only in flame dynamics studies but also in many fast moving dynamic systems. The team has great strength in signal and image processing capabilities, including multi-channel data acquisition, high speed imaging and stereo imaging.

Areas of Research

  • Digital image and signal processing of flame dynamics and structure
  • Flame and acoustic wave interactions
  • Combustion instability
  • Innovative flow diagnostics and data processing
  • Clean coal combustion
  • Future energy system

Research Projects

  • Laminar flame dynamics at high pressure
  • Fuel variability effect on combustion instability
  • High speed stereo Schlieren imaging of flame dynamics and structure
  • Flame and acoustic wave interactions
  • 3D Imaging of re-ignition process in a jet engine combustor at sub atmospheric conditions
  • Turbulent impinging flames

Teaching

  • Advanced Aero Propulsion
  • Experiments and Modelling
  • Fluids Laboratory and Aero Group Design

Current Research Grants

  • Clean Energy Utilisation from Biogas and Biomass Gasification (until 2016), EPSRC
  • Coupling Membrane with a High Speed Camera and its Analysis (until 2013), John Crane
  • Clean Coal Combustion: Burning Issues of Syngas Burning (until 2012), EPSRC
  • Fuel Variability Effect on Combustion Stability (until 2013), BP Alternative Energy Intl Ltd.
  • GT100 Combustor Test (until 2012), Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
  • Intumescent Paint Under Fire Impingement (until 2013), International Paint Ltd.
  • Digital Stereo Imaging and Signal Processing Based Condition Monitoring Technology for Wind Turbine Blades (until 2012), KTA.

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Wang Q, Zhang Y & Zhao CY (2013) Stereoscopic schlieren/shadowgraph 3D reconstruction techniques and its applications, 3D Reconstruction: Methods, Applications and Challenges (pp. 83-105). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ng WB, Cheung KY & Zhang Y (2002) Flame Visualisation Enhancement by Image Processing Techniques In Greated, C, Cosgrove, J & Buick J (Ed.), Optical Methods for Data Processing in Heat and Fluid Flow John Wiley & Sons RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Zheng L, Ji S & Zhang Y (2017) Impact of Acoustic Excitation Frequency on Laminar Premixed Flame. IDERS proceedings, 30 July 2017 - 4 August 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zheng L, Ji S & Zhang Y (2017) Experimental Investigation on the Flame Wrinkle Fluctuation under External Acoustic Excitation. ICDERS Proceedings, 30 July 2017 - 4 August 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zheng L, Faik A & Zhang Y (2016) Flame Colour Analysis for the Droplet Combustion of Water-in-diesel Emulsions. 12th HEFAT proceedings, 11 July 2016 - 13 July 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Faik AME-D & Zhang Y (2015) Quantitative spray analysis of diesel fuel and its emulsions using digital image processing. EPJ Web of Conferences, Vol. 92 (pp 02017-02017) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Saeed H, Huang HW & Zhang Y (2014) Studies of the physical aspects of intumescence using advance diagnostics methods. AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1592 (pp 187-197) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ma Z & Zhang Y (2014) High temperature measurement using very high shutter speed to avoid image saturation. AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1592 (pp 246-253) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Darabkhani HG, Oakey J, Zhang Y & Keshmiri A (2013) Study of the flame structure and dynamics using nonintrusive combustion diagnostic techniques. 43rd Fluid Dynamics Conference RIS download Bibtex download
  • Darabkhani HG, Banuelos-Saucedo M, Young J, Stringer M, Wright P, Wang Q, Zhang Y, Miles RE & Ozanyan KB (2012) Sensing in sooting flames: THz time-domain spectroscopy and tomography. Proceedings of IEEE Sensors RIS download Bibtex download
  • Darabkhani HG, Oakey JE & Zhang Y (2011) Improving stability limits of natural gas buoyant diffusion flames with co-flow of air. ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2011(PARTS A, B, AND C) (pp 941-950) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gohari Darabkhani H & Zhang Y (2010) Suppression dynamics of a laminar oscillating diffusion flame with co-flow air. WCE 2010 - World Congress on Engineering 2010, Vol. 2 (pp 1421-1426) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stringer MR, Basse J, Miles RE, Zhang Y & Ozanyan K (2008) THz spectroscopy through a high-pressure combustion system. 33rd International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves and the 16th International Conference on Terahertz Electronics, 2008, IRMMW-THz 2008 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Clifton LA, Yin H, Clifton DA & Zhang Y (2007) Combined support vector novelty detection for multi-channel combustion data. 2007 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, ICNSC'07 (pp 495-500) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Farhat S & Zhang Y (2006) Jet diffusion flame properties in acoustic standing wave. 13th International Congress on Sound and Vibration 2006, ICSV 2006, Vol. 1 (pp 606-613) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Naftaly M, Stringer MR, Miles RE, Bassi J & Zhang Y (2005) Terahertz transmission spectroscopy of high-pressure flames. The Joint 30th International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves and 13th International Conference on Terahertz Electronics, 2005. IRMMW-THz 2005, Vol. 2 (pp 415-416) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ng WB & Zhang Y (2003) Stereoscopic visualization and reconstruction of turbulent flames. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Vol. 5006 (pp 327-335) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhang Y, Bray KNC, Rogg B & INST MECH ENGINEERS L (1996) Time resolved two-dimensional visualization of flame and wall interactions. INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON OPTICAL METHODS AND DATA PROCESSING IN HEAT AND FLUID FLOW, Vol. 1996(3) (pp 111-120) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhang Y, Bray KNC, Walder B, Boaler J & Mangat S (1995) High speed laser sheet tomography of flame and wall interactions. FLOW VISUALIZATION VII (pp 518-523) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhang Y, Rogg B & Bray KNC (1991) Ignition in turbulent non-premixed systems. Internationale Jahrestagung - Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Treib-und Explosivstoffe RIS download Bibtex download