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Associate Professor, Director for FEE Faculty Joint Programme with China

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Dr Y P Xiong is Associate Professor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Yeping XIONG is currently an Associate Professor in the Fluid Structure Interactions Research Group within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment of the university and Director for Faculty Joint Programme with China. Previously she was Director of Maritime MSc Programme for 6 years. Prior to join the University of Southampton in 2001, she was Full Professor since 1996 in the Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Shandong University, China. She has been an elected member of EPSRC Peer Review College since 2003, International Committee Member of ISSC (International Ship & Offshore Structures Congress) since 2009, member of ASME, member of International Institution of Acoustics & Vibration, and invited reviewer for many international journals. She has published over 160 papers in refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings.

Her research interests cover structural dynamics, active/passive/hybrid vibration control, vibratory power flow theory and analysis approaches, linear/nonlinear vibrations, structure-control interactions, vehicle-bridge interactions, fluid-structure interactions, vibration energy harvesting, smart material and structures, topology optimizations, dynamic modelling and numerical simulations. These interests are reflected in her research undertaken such as EU FP7 ADAM4EVE, EPSRC, EU-MARSTRUCT, KTN SMART.idea award, LRET UTC, IHI Japan collaborative project, RAE Major Award etc. addressing vibration problems in linear and nonlinear dynamic coupling systems; vibration energy transmission, dissipation, absorption and control mechanism using her developed power flow theory and analysis approaches; ride comfort of high-speed craft considering human factor, hybrid vibration isolation and control, sloshing behaviour and transient responses of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas ) carriers considering fluid-structure interactions, smart Magnetorheological Elastomer (MRE) materials, and smart structures.

Career history

She became Assistant Professor after obtained her BSc (Hons) with Distinction in Solid Mechanics in 1982 and then studied MSc in 1985 in Shandong University in China, where she joined the Engineering Faculty in 1988 after received her MSc degree in Solid Mechanics. She received her PhD degree in Structural Dynamics and Vibration Control in 1996 working on power flow transmission mechanism and optimal control of complex dynamic coupling flexible systems subject to multiple excitations. She became Lecturer in 1991, Associated Professor in 1993 and Full Professor in 1996 in Shandong University, China. She was awarded the Shandong Science and Technology Progress Prizes on three occasions in 1992 and 1994, Top Ten Distinguished Lecturer Award in 1994, Outstanding Young Scientists Research Achievements Award in 1996 in Shandong Province, Teaching Awards on four occasions in Shandong University. Professor Xiong was elected Councillor of Chinese Society of Vibration Engineering, Committee Member of the Structural Vibration Control, President of Shandong Society of Vibration Engineering. In 1999, Professor Xiong visited the School of Engineering Science, University of Southampton funded by the Royal Society working on power flow analysis of complex coupling vibration system and its applications. She joined the University of Southampton as Senior Research Fellow in 2001.

Research interests

  • Structural dynamics
  • Power flow analysis and structure-borne sound transmissions
  • Marine engine vibration isolation and absorption
  • Hybrid active/passive vibration control
  • Smart MRE materials and structures for vibration control
  • Vibration analysis for coupled linear and nonlinear systems
  • Fluid-structure interactions & LNG sloshing dynamics
  • Bridge-vehicle-control interactions with moving sub systems
  • Energy harvesting
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Damage detections
  • Dynamic topology optimization
  • Composite materials


Research group

Maritime Engineering

Research project(s)

Power flow topology optimizations for engineering structures to suppress vibration and noise

Marine structures experience various time-varying dynamic loadings and the induced vibrations not only cause fatigue damage of ship, but more importantly raise a great environment concerns because of structure-borne, waterborne and air-borne noise. This project aims to develop novel energy flow based dynamic topological design optimization approach for engineering structures to suppress vibration and noise.

Development of advanced non-destructive damage detection approach using vibrational power flow

Detection of damages in engineering structures is very important in maritime, aero, mechanical, and civil engineering fields. Identification of damage location is crucial for damage repair and control. Recently, more attention is being paid to non-destructive damage detection techniques. The energy flow-based dynamical damage detection strategy is a novel topic in this field. This research project will develop a new non-destructive damage detection approach using our developed power flow mode theory and power flow analysis method for vibrating structures with damages. It is aimed to detect damage non-destructively, accurately, reliably and to control damage deterioration in order to increase the safety, extend the working life and reduce the maintenance cost of engineering structures.

Novel approach to MRE smart materials and structures for suppressing vibration and noise

Investigations on power flow analysis of nonlinear dynamic systems and applications

The Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchanges with China Major Award 2010

EPSRC-Shaping Capacity Award: “Novel energy flow based dynamic topology optimizations for light-weight marine structures to suppress vibration and noise radiation"

Smart vibration control using magnetorheological elastomers in hybrid shear-compressive modes with application to maritime engineering

Innovative smart magnetic materials and smart structures with hybrid vibration energy control for marine application

Investigation and development of a new effective nonlinear energy harvester

Nonlinear Power Flow Active Control of Aeroelastic Flutter of Flappled Airfoils

Adaptive and smart materials and structures for more efficient vessels (Adam4eve)

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Book Chapters



Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Hydrodynamics and Seakeeping SESS 2015 Ship Science Course Leader
Marine Structures SESS 3026 Ship Science Course leader
Materials and Structures FEEG 2005 Ship, Aero and Mech. Lecturer
Marine Structure in Fluids SESS 6071 Ship Science Lecturer
Fundamentals of Ship Science SESS 6065 Maritime Eng. Science Lecturer
Research Project for FEE Masters Programmes FEEG 6012 Maritime Eng. Science Supervisor
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