Dr. Xiaohua Wu, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Professor, Canada Research Chair

Xiaohua Wu
Office: 
SB2207
Telephone: 
(613) 541-6000 ext 6098
Fax: 
(613) 542-8612
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

Brief History

  • B.Sc. - University of Science and Technology of China
  • M.Sc. - Zhejiang University
  • Ph.D. - University of Manitoba
  • Research Associate - Stanford University
  • Assistant Professor (2006)
  • Associate Professor (2008)
  • Professor (2012)

Specializations and Research Interests

Research Interests

The long term focus of this group is to perform world-class fluid mechanics researches that can penetrate into undergraduate and graduate text books, and at the same time impact aeronautical engineering practice. Current research topics include boundary layer, pipe flow, jet engine flow, subsonic and supersonic wake, missile flow, and submarine flow. Research approach is first-principle-based, very-large-scale direct numerical simulation (VLS DNS). For example, our recent VLS DNS papers on the boundary layer, pipe flow and jet engine turbine cascade flow have resonated within the international CFD, turbulence and transition research communities. A hall-mark of this group is strong and substantial collaborations with some of the world's best computational and experimental scientists in fluid mechanics. Some of our graduates have moved up to top-tier labs in the United States.

Cover pages of journal articles

Journal of Fluid Mechanics, volume 630
DNS of Zero-Pressure-Gradient Flat-Plate Boundary Layer, by Xiaohua Wu and Parviz Moin

Physics of Fluids, Volume 22
DNS of Zero-Pressure-Gradient Flat-Plate Boundary Layer, by Xiaohua Wu and Parviz Moin

Cover of Journal of Fluid Mechanics, volume 664
DNS of Zero-Pressure-Gradient Flat-Plate Boundary Layer, by Xiaohua Wu

Current and Recent Teaching Duties

Course Number Course Name
ME593 Flow Stability Theory
ME599 Turbulence Theory
MEE 311

Fluid Mechanics I

MEE 315

Fluid Dynamics

CCE 300

Fluid Dynamics
MEE 351

Thermodynamics I

Honours and Awards

  • John Scott Cowan Prize for Research Excellence, Royal Military College of Canada, May, 2014.
  • Milton van Dyke Award, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, November, 2013, with Moin and Hickey.
  • Commandant's Coin, Royal Military College of Canada, 2011
  • Associate Fellow, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Canada Research Chair in Aeronautical Fluid Mechanics (Tier 2), Government of Canada, 2007-2017
  • Gallery of Fluid Motion Winning Entry, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, 2008
  • Gallery of Fluid Motion Winning Entry, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, 2000
Publications

Selected Publications

  • X. Wu, P. Moin, R.J. Adrian and J.R. Baltzer, "Osborne Reynolds pipe flow: Direct simulation from laminar through gradual transition to fully developed turbulence", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Vol. 112, pp. 7920-7924, 2015.
  • J-P. Hickey and X. Wu, "Rib vortex breakdown in transitional high-speed planar wakes", AIAA Journal, 2015. DOI: 10.2514/1.J054189. Corresponding author: J-P. Hickey.
  • A. Despeyroux, J-P. Hickey, R. Desaulnier, R. Luciano, M. Piotrowski and N. Hamel, "Numerical analysis of static and dynamic performances of grid fin controlled missiles", AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 2015. Corresponding author: A. Despeyroux.
  • X. Wu, P. Moin and J-P. Hickey, "Boundary layer bypass transition", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 26, 091104, 2014.
  • J-P. Hickey, F. Hussain and X. Wu, "Role of coherent structures in multiple self-similar states of turbulent planar wakes", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 731, 312-363, 2013. Corresponding author: J-P. Hickey.
  • J.R. Baltzer, R.J. Adrian and X. Wu, "Structural organization of large and very-large scales in turbulent pipe flow", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 720, 236-279, 2013.
  • X. Wu, J.R. Baltzer and R.J. Adrian, "Direct numerical simulation of R+ = 685 turbulent pipe flow with large- and very-large scale motions up to 30R long", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 698, 235-281, 2012.
  • G.I. Park, J.M. Wallace, X. Wu and P. Moin, "Boundary layer turbulence in transitional and developed states", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 24, 035105, 2012.
  • X. Wu and J-P. Hickey, "Visualization of continuous stream of grid turbulence past the Langston turbine cascade", AIAA Journal, Vol. 50, 215-225, 2012.
  • J. Klewicki, R. Ebner and X. Wu, "Mean dynamics of transitional boundary layer flow", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 682, 617-651, 2011.
  • X. Wu, "Establishing the generality of three phenomena using a boundary layer with free-stream passing wakes", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 664, 193-219, 2010.
  • X. Wu and P. Moin, "Transitional and turbulent boundary layer with heat transfer", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 22, 85-105, 2010.
  • X. Wu and P. Moin, "Forest of hairpins in a low-Reynolds-number zero-pressure-gradient flat-plate boundary layer", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 21, 091106, 2009.
  • X. Wu and P. Moin, "Direct numerical simulation of turbulence in a nominally-zero-pressure-gradient flat-plate boundary layer", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 630, 5-41, 2009.
  • X. Wu, L. Li and M. St. Hilaire, "Migration of a turbulent patch through a high-pressure turbine cascade", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 21, 025110, 2009.
  • X. Wu and P. Moin, "A direct numerical simulation study on the mean velocity characteristics in turbulent pipe flow", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 608, 81-112, 2008.
  • P.A. Durbin and X. Wu, "Transition beneath vortical disturbances", Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 39, 107-128, 2007.
  • X. Wu, J. Schluter, P. Moin, H. Pitsch, G. Iaccarino and F. Ham, "Computational study on the internal layer in a diffuser", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 550, 391-412, 2006.
  • X. Wu and P.A. Durbin, "Evidence of longitudinal vortices evolved from distorted wakes in a turbine passage", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol.446, 199-228, 2001.
  • X. Wu and K.D. Squires, "Prediction and investigation of the turbulent flow over a rotating disk", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 418, 231-264, 2000.
  • X. Wu, R. Jacobs, J.C.R. Hunt and P.A. Durbin, "Simulation of boundary layer transition induced by periodically passing wakes", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 398, 109-153, 1999.
  • T.S. Lund, X. Wu and K.D. Squires, "Generation of turbulent inflow data for spatially-developing boundary layer simulations", Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 140, 233-258, 1998.
  • X. Wu and K.D. Squires, "Numerical investigation of the turbulent boundary layer over a bump", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 362, 229-271, 1998.
  • X. Wu and K.D. Squires, "Prediction of the three-dimensional turbulent boundary layer over a swept bump", AIAA Journal, Vol. 36, 505-514, 1998.
  • X. Wu and K.D. Squires, "Large eddy simulation of an equilibrium three-dimensional turbulent boundary layer", AIAA Journal, Vol. 35, 67-74, 1997.
  • X. Wu, "On the transport mechanisms in simulated heterogeneous rod bundle sub-channels", Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol. 158, pp. 125-134, 1995.
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