Dr Yabin Liu

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Brunel Fellow

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Energy Systems

Research Theme: 

  • Wind Energy
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Offshore Renewable Energy


Yabin is the very first 1851 Research Fellow at the School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh. His research interest is in the broad area of fluid dynamics and flow control, particularly for tidal/wind turbines, turbomachinery and aerial/underwater vehicles. He obtained his doctoral degree from the Department of Energy and Power Engineering of Tsinghua University in 2021, with both the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis prize and the Beijing Outstanding Graduate prize. He studied at the University of Cambridge as a fully-sponsored visiting Ph.D. student for 1 year. His doctoral project was on spatial-temporal evolution and controlling methods of tip leakage vortex in turbomachinery. From Sept. 2021 to Aug. 2023, he worked as a research associate at the University of Edinburgh, on the EPSRC Morphing Blades project and explored gust mitigation through passive pitch and flexible trailing edge within analytical analysis and fluid-structure interaction simulation.

As PI or awardee, he has won more than £ 800k funding in total. He is holding the highly competitive and prestigious 1851 Brunel Fellowship (2023-2026), which only has one awardee annually. This fellowship granted by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 is set to give early career scientists and engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation.  He has won the Royal Society ISPF International Collaboration Award, the Supergen ORE Hub Flexible Funding, the EPSRC IAA Innovation Award, the Lund University 'Get Started Funding', etc.

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 HiWin Doctoral Dissertation Award, the most prestigious prize for PhD graduates in all Mechanical Engineering subjects across Mainland China, Taiwan, HK and Macao, and the Chung-Hua Wu Outstanding Graduate Prize, the highest domestic honour in this major with 9 students awarded in China. He is the winner of the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2024-Academic Award, the UK's largest celebration of the renewable energy industry to reward the next generation of leaders in renewables.

MSc (Research) and Visiting PhD students with relevant interests and expertise are welcome. Please feel free to contact me by email.


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 dynamics in tidal/wind turbines
  • Flow control and bio-inspired design
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Tip (leakage) vortex
  • Flow unsteadiness, cavitation and controlling methods
  • Turbulence coherent structures and decomposition