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Dr Zhengtong Xie BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)

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Dr Zhengtong Xie is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Current position

Zheng-Tong Xie's expertise is in Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), with a focus on large eddy simulation applied for various physical and application areas.

He is currently Senior Lecturer in the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics (AFM) research group. He is also currently a member of the UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the Principal Investigator of Urban CFD project at the University of Southampton.  

Honours, awards and Professional Activities

Zheng-Tong Xie has won awards from EPSRC and NCAS/NERC, an EPSRC CASE Studentship from Arup, and some small contracts from industry.  One of his papers was awarded the outstanding paper by the China Association for Science and Technology in 2005.  He was awarded a Fellowship of China Postdoctoral Science Foundation in 1997.  He was awarded a number of scholarships during his studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  So far he has published more than 30 papers in leading journals with more than 650 citations  on Google Scholar (as of March 2014).  He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society, and an Executive Committee member of the UK Wind Engineering Society.  In 2012 he co-organised the UK Wind Engineering Conference and has been session chairman and scientific committee member in a number of international conferences and workshops.


 Zheng-Tong Xie studies for a Bachelor degree in Engineering Mechanics from 1986-1990 at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).  He did his Masters degree in Aerodynamics in 1990-1992 (thesis: A numerical simulation of the unsteady response to a gust for a wing-tail combination) and a PhD in Hydrodynamics from 1992-1995 (thesis: Numerical simulations and water tunnel experiments for modelling hydrodynamic characteristics of cavitating axisymmetric bodies at small angles of attack), both at SJTU.  He moved to Beijing to work as a Post Doctoral Researcher and was then promoted to Associate Professor at the Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, working on Large Eddy Simulations for Environmental Flows (1995-2000).  He has been continuing working on Large Eddy Simulations for Environmental Flows and Wind Engineering Problems since then.  From 2000 to 2004 he took up a position as Research Fellow in the University of Surrey.  He moved to Southampton as a Senior Research Fellow in 2004. 

Research interests

  • Large-Eddy Simulation for flow, scalar dispersion and heat transfer over a group of bluff bodies.
  • Modelling interaction of fluid and slender structures, e.g. long-span bridges, high-rise buildings, large wind-turbine blades
  • Coupling between large-scale geophysical flow and small scale turbulent flow, e.g. weather scale flows and street scale flows.
  • New approaches (e.g. inflow boundary conditions, near-wall treatment) for Large-Eddy Simulations; hybrid LES.
  • Thermal stability of urban boundary layer and its structure.
  • Wind turbine flows.

PhD student supervision (primary):

Yusi Kim, Steven Daniels, Kutalmis Bercin

Collaboration with industry companies:

CD-adapco; Arup; Buro Happold; Lohmeyer; DSTL

Research group

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanic (AFM)

Research project(s)

Modelling wind flow, turbulence and dispersion in urban environments

Evaluation of Vortex Shedding of Slender Structures using LES Techniques (EPSRC/Arup)

Dispersion of localised releases in a street network (DIPLOS)

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Book Chapters


Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Applications of CFD SESS6021 Ship Science Course leader
CFD Surgery* CFD-SURG Engineering Sciences Course-leader


*CFD Surgery is is an independent module running for 12 sessions each semester. It is open to all the CFD (Fluent, Star-CCM+, CFX, OpenFOAM, etc) users in SES, in particular the PG and UG (year 3 and year 4 )students, which mainly aims to help their related problems in courses or projects.

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Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus
University of Southampton
Building 176
Burgess Road
SO16 7QF

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