Dr Zhong-Nan Wang

Dr Zhong-Nan Wang

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering

Contact details

School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Zhong-Nan Wang is currently an university lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He is teaching computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and airframe design in the Birmingham aerospace programme.

His research aims to reduce environmental impacts of aviation and power generation with less noise emission and higher aerodynamic efficiency. The current research is focused on developing and employing high-fidelity CFD and its associated data-driven analysis to predict, understand and reduce noise and loss/drag generated by unsteady turbulent flows.


• PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Tsinghua University (joint with Cambridge), 2014
• Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


Zhong-Nan Wang graduated with the BEng degree (Hons) in 2009 from Xi’an Jiaotong University, which is in the C9 league and located in Xi’an that has been the capitals of 13 dynasties in the Chinese history. He was selected into a PhD program in Tsinghua University with joint study at the Whittle Laboratory in Cambridge under the framework of Low Carbon Energy University Alliances (Tsinghua, Cambridge and MIT). His PhD thesis is on developing low-dissipation and high-resolution numerical methods that enable turbulent eddy-resolving simulation with complex geometries for turbomachinery flows. The developed methods were later incorporated in the Rolls-Royce in-house CFD solver to improve the turbulence eddy resolving capability.

After obtaining the PhD degree in 2014, Zhong-Nan spent a short spell in industry and then returned to Cambridge as a research associate at the Department of Engineering in 2015. In the meantime, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in Trinity Hall (2015-2019) and Lucy Cavendish College (2019-2020). He gradually directed his research into computational aeroacoustics, particularly on developing high-fidelity eddy-resolving methods to tackle the problem of noise generated by turbulence. He collaborated nationally and internationally on this research direction via participating in two EU projects on installed jet noise and fan broadband noise, and being a visiting research fellow on studying fundamental noise source dynamics and optimisation for jet noise reduction in a CTR summer program at Stanford University. He was awarded “the best use of ARCHER” to recognise the outstanding work achieved using the UK national scientific computing facilities and selected into the faces of HPC as a celebration of diversity in HPC community. He was also actively engaged in disseminating his research to general public and won several scientific photo competitions with his research-generated figures, including ARCHER Image Competition and Cambridge Engineering Photography Competition.

In 2020, Zhong-Nan joined the University of Birmingham as a lecturer and is actively involved in developing the Birmingham Aerospace Engineering Programme. In addition to the teaching activities, he is currently setting up a research group and enthusiastically developing his research with particular interest in combining hybrid RANS-LES methods with data-driven approach to predict, understand and reduce turbulence-generated noise.


Airframe Design and Flight Dynamics (2nd year undergraduate)
Computational Fluid Mechanics (3rd year undergraduate)
Individual Research Projects (3rd year undergraduate)
Group Research Projects (4th year undergraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

The PhD topics to supervise:

• Hierarchical geometry and turbulence modelling of turbomachinery flows
• High-fidelity simulation of turbulence-generated noise, particularly for fan and jet noise
• Data-driven analysis of aerodynamic noise sources
Scholarship could be provided via the following routes:
• School/College scholarship (Home/EU students)
• CSC scholarship (Chinese students)
More scholarship routes can be available in the future. Please contact me via email if you are interested in pursuing a PhD or Postdoc project with me.


Research interests

• High-fidelity eddy-resolving simulation, in particular, LES and its hybrids.
• Unsteady aerodynamics and aeroacoustics of jet and turbomachinery, e.g. installed jet noise and fan broadband noise.
• Data-driven analysis of aerodynamic sound sources, including dynamical system approach.

Other activities

Member of UK Turbulence Consortium (UKTC)

Member of ASME, AIAA, and APS
Life Member of Cambridge Philosophical Society


Recent publications


Tucker, PG & Wang, ZN 2021, 'Eddy resolving strategies in turbomachinery and peripheral components', Journal of Turbomachinery, vol. 143, no. 1, 010801. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4048697

Wang, Z, Proenca, A, Lawrence, J, Tucker, PG & Self, R 2020, 'Large-Eddy-Simulation Prediction of an Installed Jet Flow and Noise with Experimental Validation', AIAA Journal, vol. 58, no. 6, pp. 2494-2503. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J058921

Tyacke, JC, Wang, Z-N & Tucker, PG 2019, 'LES-RANS of installed ultra-high-bypass-ratio coaxial jet aeroacoustics with flight stream', AIAA Journal, vol. 57, no. 3, pp. 1215-1236. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J057057

Wang, Z-N, Tyacke, JC, Tucker, PG & Boehning, P 2019, 'Parallel computation of aeroacoustics of industrially relevant complex-geometry aeroengine jets', Computers and Fluids, vol. 178, pp. 166-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2018.04.039

Wang, Z, Tyacke, J & Tucker, P 2018, 'Large eddy simulation of serration effects on an ultra-high-bypass-ratio engine exhaust jet', Comptes Rendus - Mecanique, vol. 346, no. 10, pp. 964-977. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crme.2018.07.003

Tyacke, J, Naqavi, I, Wang, Z, Tucker, P & Boehning, P 2017, 'Predictive Large Eddy Simulation for Jet Aeroacoustics–Current Approach and Industrial Application', Journal of Turbomachinery, vol. 139, no. 8. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4035662

Wang, Z & Yuan, X 2016, 'Combined effects of the inlet temperature and species distortion on hydrogen turbines aero-thermal performance', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, vol. 230, no. 3, pp. 302-318. https://doi.org/10.1177/0957650915621416

Naqavi, IZ, Wang, Z, Tucker, PG, Mahak, M & Strange, P 2016, 'Far-field noise prediction for jets using large-eddy simulation and Ffowcs Williams–Hawkings method', International Journal of Aeroacoustics, vol. 15, no. 8, pp. 757-780. https://doi.org/10.1177/1475472X16672547

Watson, RA, Tucker, PG, Wang, Z-N & Yuan, X 2015, 'Towards robust unstructured turbomachinery large eddy simulation', Computers & Fluids, vol. 118, pp. 245-254. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2015.06.017


Wang, Z, Tyacke, J & Tucker, P 2018, Hybrid LES/RANS Predictions of Flows and Acoustics from an Ultra-High-Bypass-Ratio Serrated Nozzle. in Progress in Hybrid RANS-LES Modelling. HRLM 2016.: Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design.. vol. 137, Chapter 39, Progress in Hybrid RANS-LES Modelling, vol. 137, Springer, Cham, pp. 465-478. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70031-1_39


Tyacke, JC, Wang, Z & Tucker, PG 2017, 'LES-RANS of installed ultra-high bypass-ratio coaxial jet aeroacoustics with a finite span wing-flap geometry and flight stream - Part 1: round nozzle'. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2017-3854

Wang, Z, Tyacke, JC & Tucker, PG 2017, 'LES-RANS of installed ultra-high bypass-ratio coaxial jet aeroacoustics with a finite span wing-flap geometry and flight stream - Part 2: chevron nozzle'. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2017-3855

Wang, Z, Naqavi, IZ & Tucker, PG 2017, 'Large Eddy Simulation of the Flight Effects on Single Stream Heated Jets'. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2017-0457

Wang, Z, Naqavi, IZ, Mahak, M, Tucker, P, Yuan, X & Strange, P 2014, 'Far Field Noise Prediction for Subsonic Hot and Cold Jets Using Large-Eddy Simulation', Paper presented at ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, 16/06/14 - 20/06/14. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2014-27290

Wang, Z & Yuan, X 2013, 'Concurrent Effects of Hot Streak and Gas Species Concentration on Aerothermal Characteristics in a Turbine Stage', Paper presented at ASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, 11/06/12 - 15/06/12 pp. 1431-1441. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2012-69283

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