Dr Yabin Liu

Research Associate in Computational Fluid Dynamics

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Energy Systems

Research Theme: 

  • Wind Energy
  • Offshore Renewable Energy


Yabin is a researcher in the broad area of fluid dynamics, particularly around the bio-inspired design of tidal/wind turbines and aerial/underwater vehicles and vortex dynamics. He obtained his doctoral degree from the Department of Energy and Power Engineering of Tsinghua University in 2021, with both Outstanding Doctoral Thesis prize and Beijing Outstanding Graduate prize. He studied in the University of Cambridge as a visiting Ph.D. student for 1 year, sponsored by China Scholarship Council. His doctoral project was on spatial-temporal evolution and controlling methods of tip leakage vortex in turbomachinery.

He has a distinguished peer-reviewed publication record, with 3 ESI Highly-Cited/Hot papers and an H-index of 15. He won many prestigious scholarships and prizes, including the Chung-Hua Wu Outstanding Graduate Prize, the highest domestic honour in this major with 9 students awarded in China in 2020. He was granted the International Postdoctral Exchange Fellowship from China Postdoctoral Council, which is awarded to 100 researchers for all disciplines.

He has joined VOILAb as a research associate to work on the EPSRC Morphing Blades project. He is exploring gust mitigation through passive pitch and flexible trailing edge within analytical analysis and fluid-structure interaction simulation.

Academic Qualifications: 

08/2015-07/2021, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Mechanical Engineering, Department of Energy and Power Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

10/2019-10/2020, Visiting Ph.D. student, Fluid Dynamics, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK

08/2011-06/2015, Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, College of Energy and Environment, Southeast University, China

Research Interests: 

  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Fluid dynamics in tidal/wind turbines
  • Bio-inspired flight control
  • Tip leakage vortex and tip vortex
  • Flow unsteadiness, cavitation and controlling methods
  • Turbulence coherent structures and decomposition