Dr Qianxi Wang

Dr Qianxi Wang

School of Mathematics

Contact details

+44 (0) 121 414 6602
+44 (0) 121 414 3389
School of Mathematics
Watson Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Qianxi Wang is Lecturer of Applied Mathematics.

Qianxi has published over 20 research papers in scientific journals.

He studies on the motion of bubbles in a compressible liquid, with important applications in medical ultrasonics, sonochemistry and underwater explosion. He specialises in asymptotic perturbation methods, with application to the study of ground effect. He simulated nonlinear unsteady wave/body interaction using unstructured boundary integral method. He calculated N-body problem using fast-multipole-expansion.

School web page: web.mat.bham.ac.uk/Q.X.Wang/


  • Ph D in Fluid Mechanics 1990
  • BSc in Fluid Mechanics 1983


Wang Qianxi obtained his BSc and PhD in Fluid Mechanics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1983 and 1990 respectively. He had been a lecturer for two years at USTC.

He had been in Singapore for 12 years, mainly at the DSO National Laboratories of Singapore. He has joined the University of Birmingham at the beginning of 2006.


  • Viscous Fluid Mechanics
  • Multi-variable Calculus
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics A & B

PhD opportunities



  • Bubble dynamics in compressible liquids
  • Ground effects using matched asymptotic expansions
  • Unstructured BIM for water wave / body interaction
  • N-body problem using fast multipole method (treecode)

Other activities

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Hydrodynamics
  • Member of the Active Editorial Board of Philosophic Nature
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of the Conference of Global Chinese Scholars on Hydrodynamics (July 11-14, 2006 Shanghai, China)
  • Member of the International Scientific Committee of the 7th International Workshop on Ship Hydrodynamics (Sept. 16-19, 2011, Shanghai, China)
  • Hai-Tian (Sea-Sky) Scholar, Guest Professor, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Guest Professor, Harbin Engineering University, China
  • Invited talk of 45 minutes at the Royal Society's Theo Murphy International Scientific Meeting (4-5 Nov. 2014; Kavli Royal Society Centre, Newport Pagnell, UK).
  • Keynote talk of 50 minutes at the 11th International Conference on Hydrodynamics (19-24 Oct. 2014, Singapore).

Reviewer of academic journals of:

  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Acta Mechanica Sinica
  • AIAA Journal
  • Computers and Fluids
  • Engineering Computations
  • European Physical Journal
  • Fluid Dynamics Research
  • IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics
  • International Journal of Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow
  • International Journal of Maritime Engineering
  • International Journal of Mechanical Sciences
  • International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics
  • Journal of Computational Physics
  • Journal of Fluids and Structures
  • Journal of Fluids Engineering
  • Journal of Engineering Mathematics
  • Journal of Hydrodynamics
  • Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
  • Journal of Mechanics
  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface Focus
  • Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Ultrasonics Sonochemistry


Publications in A* Journals according to the ERA Journal rankings

  1. AM Zhang, P Cui, J Cui, QX Wang 2015 Experimental study on bubble dynamics subject to buoyancy. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 776, 137-160.
  2. QX Wang 2014 Multi-oscillations of a bubble in a compressible liquid near a rigid boundary, Journal of Fluid Mechanics,745, 509-536.
  3. GA Curtiss, DM Leppinen, QX Wang, JR Blake 2013 Ultrasonic cavitation near a tissue layer. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 730, 245-272.
  4. QX Wang & JR Blake 2011 Non-spherical bubble dynamics in a compressible liquid. Part 2. Standing acoustic wave. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 679, 559-581.
  5. QX Wang & JR Blake 2010 Non-spherical bubble dynamics in a compressible liquid. Part 1. Travelling acoustic wave. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 659, 191-224.
  6. QX Wang 2007An analytical solution for two slender bodies of revolution translating in very close proximity. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 582, 223-251.
  7. QX Wang 1991 Flow around an unsteady wing close to a curved ground. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 226, 175-187.
    1. QX Wang*, K Manmi, ML Calvisi 2015 Numerical modelling of the 3D dynamics of ultrasound contrast agent microbubbles using the BIM. Physics of Fluids, 27, 022104.
  8. QX Wang*, K Manmi 2014 Microbubble dynamics near a wall subjected to a travelling acoustic wave. Physics of Fluids, 26, 032104.
  9. QX Wang 2013 Underwater explosion bubble dynamics in a compressible liquid, Physics of Fluids, 25, 072104.
  10. Q X Wang 2005Analysis of a slender body moving near a curved-ground. Physics of Fluids,17 (9), 097102.
  11. Q X Wang 2004 Numerical modelling of violent bubble motion. Physics of Fluids, 16 (5), 1610-1619.
  12. QX Wang 2004 Interaction of two circular cylinders in inviscid fluid. Physics of Fluids, 16 (12), 4412-4425.
  13. QX Wang 2005 Unstructured MEL modelling of unsteady nonlinear ship waves. Journal of Computational Physics, 210 (1) 183-224.
  14. QX Wang 2004 Variable order revised binary treecode. Journal of Computational Physics, 200(1), 192-210.