Professor Kyle Jiang BEng, MSC, PhD (King’s College London), DSc

Professor Kyle Jiang

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Research Centre for High Performance Turbomachinery

Contact details

Address
School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Kyle Jiang is the Director of Research Centre for High Performance Turbomachinery.

Kyle’s research interest covers high performance turbomachinery and micro/nanotechnology. He has over 250 research publications in books, book chapters and research papers in peer reviewed journals and international conference proceedings, including Nature Communications. He is the inventor of over 10 patents and an awardee of international innovation competitions. Kyle has attracted multiple million pound research grants from EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU, Royal Society, and companies from UK and abroad. He reviews grant application for UKRC, Royal Society, and European countries.

Kyle is active in international academic community. He has acted as general chair for five international conferences, including IEEE 12th International Conference on Nanotechnology. He has delivered over 10 keynote speeches in international conferences. He is a member of editorial board for four journals and guest editor for two. He is Birmingham City Ambassador.

Kyles teaching includes Mechatronics, Control Engineering, and part of Synoptical Engineering to year 2, year 3 and year 4 students.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Science, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • Fellow of IET, 2008
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, 2006
  • Chartered engineer, 1998
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, King’s College London, 1994
  • MSc in Computational Mechanics, Xidian University, 1986
  • BEng in Mechanical Engineering, 1982

Biography

Professor Kyle Jiang is a fellow of IET, fellow of HEA, and board member of HKSME. He was awarded PhD degree in mechanical engineering by King’s College London, and Doctor of Science by University of Birmingham.

Kyle’s research interest is in the areas of microgas turbines, turbochargers, micro and nano fabrication and nanostructures for energy applications. He is active in organising and participating European projects, EPSRC projects and Innovate UK projects. He has over 250 publications in books, book chapters and research papers in peer reviewed journals and international conference proceedings, including Nature Communications. He is the inventor of 11 patents and the recipient of award in the grand final of 2017 International New Energy and Intelligent Vehicle Competition of the China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition China。

Professor Jiang is a reviewer of grant applications for UK Research Councils and European countries. He was the General Chair of IEEE 12th International Conference on Nanotechnology and four other international conferences. He is an editorial member of several International Journals, and Birmingham City Ambassador.

Teaching

Teaching Programmes

  • Mechatronics
  • Control Engineering
  • Engineering design projects, in both groups and individuals

Postgraduate supervision

Kyle has successfully supervised over 30 PhD and MPhil students. Many of them have developed in prominent academics in reputable universities and specialists in industry.

Kyle welcomes PhD study applications in the following areas:

  • High speed rotor dynamics ;
  • Low emission combustion for microgas turbine engines;
  • Self-lifting air bearings;
  • High strength ceramic composites for turbine applications;
  • Biomimetic surfaces for engineering applications.

The School is happy to support students to apply for CSC and Si-Guang Li scholarships. Those who have obtained CSC scholarships are likely to be provided with tuition fees.

Research

Research Theme

Kyle’s research theme is in high performance turbomachinery, which can be split into the following activities:

  • High efficiency and low emission gas turbine engines as range extender for electric vehicles;
  • High performance microgas turbines for long haul unmanned air craft;
  • High performance turbochargers low emissions, improved fuel economy, and better handling;

These research activities are underpinned by the following technologies:

  • High speed rotor dynamics ;
  • Low emission combustion for microgas turbine engines;
  • Advanced air bearings;
  • High strength ceramic composites;
  • Biomimetic surfaces for engineering applications.

 

Other activities

  • Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology;
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy;
  • Member of four editorial boards of International Journals;
  • General chair of five international conferences;
  • Board member of Hong Kong Society of Mechanical Engineering.

Publications

Kyle has over 250 publications in books, journals, and conference proceedings. He has more than 10 patents, some of which have proceeded to PCT phase. A few of his publications are listed as follows:

  • X Chen, Y Luo, J Zhang, K Jiang, JB Pendry, S Zhang, Macroscopic invisibility cloaking of visible light, Nature Communications 2, 176, 2011
  • S Pakle, K Jiang, Design of double curvature radial turbine blades for a micro gas turbine, Applied Mathematical Modelling, 67, 529-548, 2019
  • S Pakle, K Jiang, Design of a high-performance centrifugal compressor with new surge margin improvement technique for high speed turbomachinery, Propulsion and Power Research, Elsevier, 7(1), 19-29, 2018.
  • Y Yu, G Pu, K Jiang, Modelling and Analysis of the Static Characteristics and Dynamic Responses of Herringbone-grooved Thrust Bearings, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 280(1), 2017
  • J Liu, H Yan, K Jiang, Mechanical properties of graphene platelet-reinforced alumina ceramic composites, Ceramics International 39 (6), 6215-6221, 2013
  • J Liu, H Yan, MJ Reece, K Jiang, Toughening of zirconia/alumina composites by the addition of graphene platelets, Journal of the European Ceramic Society 32 (16), 4185-4193, 2012
  • H Ostadi, P Rama, Y Liu, R Chen, XX Zhang, K Jiang, 3D reconstruction of a gas diffusion layer and a microporous layer, Journal of Membrane Science 351 (1-2), 69-74, 2010
  • CH Lee, KC Jiang, P Jin, PD Prewett, Design and fabrication of a micro Wankel engine using MEMS technology, Microelectronic Engineering 73, 529-534, 2004
  • H Ostadi, P Rama, Y Liu, R Chen, XX Zhang, K Jiang, Influence of threshold variation on determining the properties of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell gas diffusion layer in X-ray nano-tomography, Chemical Engineering Science 65 (6), 2213-2217, 2010