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Dr Zhihua Xie

Dr Zhihua Xie

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

School of Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 9375
W/2.36, Queen's Buildings - West Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
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  • We are recruiting participants for China-UK Newton Fund Researchers Link Workshop on Coastal and Offshore Renewable Energy Systems under Extreme Events (CORESEE 2019) to be held in Dalian, China 28-31 July 2019. Details can be found at
    Application deadline:  15th April 2019
  • We have two EPSRC-DTP PhD studentships, please contact me if you are interested and more details are: Studentship 1 and Studentship 2


Dr Zhihua Xie took up his lectureship in the School of Engineering at Cardiff University in January 2017 from Imperial College London. He obtained Ph.D. in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in 2010 from the University of Leeds, funded by the Marie Curie EST Fellowship. He worked as a research associate in computational hydraulics at Cardiff University from 2010 to 2012 and a research associate in numerical modelling of multiphase flows on the EPSRC MEMPHIS Programme Grant ( at Imperial College London between 2013 and 2016. His main research interest is in developing CFD codes for predicting interfacial and multiphase flows in environmental and industrial problems. His research is funded by EPSRC and Newton Fund (via British Council). He is a member of EPSRC Peer Review Full College, a review panel member for British Council, and a active reviewer for several leading international journals.

Dr Xie’s research interests span a broad range of topics in:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Turbulence Modelling
  • Interfacial and Multiphase Flows
  • Water Wave Mechanics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Hydraulics
  • Coastal and Offshore Engineering
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Numerical Methods and High Performance Computing.

Dr Xie is an expert reviewer for a wide variety of journals, including:

  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics (Cambridge University Press)
  • Journal of Computational Physics (Elsevier)
  • Computers & Fluids (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Hydraulic Research (IAHR)
  • Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE)
  • Advances in Water Resources (Elsevier)
  • European Journal of Mechanics / B Fluids  (Elsevier)
  • Ocean Modelling (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Geophysical Research (AGU)
  • Water Resources Research (AGU)
  • Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering (ASCE)
  • International Journal of Sediment Research (Elsevier)
  • Computer Physics Communications (Elsevier)
  • Proceedings of ICE - Water Management (ICE)
  • Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics (Taylor & Francis)
  • International Journal of River Basin Management (Taylor & Francis)
  • Journal of Hydrodynamics (Springer)
  • Numerical Algorithms (Springer)
  • International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (Elsevier)
  • Applied Thermal Engineering (Elsevier)
  • Chemical Engineering Science (Elsevier)
  • Chemical Engineering Research and Design (Elsevier)
  • Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering (Elsevier)
  • Food and Bioproducts Processing (Elsevier)
  • International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE)

Education and qualifications

  • 2010: PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 2006: Postgraduate study in Hydrodynamics, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China
  • 2003: BEng Environmental Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China

Honours and awards

  • Outstanding Contribution Award, Cardiff University (2018)
  • Participant of GW4 Crucible Programme (2018)
  • Participant of Cardiff Futures Programme (2017-2018)
  • Marie Curie EST Fellowship, University of Leeds (2006-2009)
  • Kwang-Hua Scholarship, Kwang-Hua Education Foundation (2006)

Professional memberships

  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review Full College (2017 - )
  • Member of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)
  • Member of American Physical Society (APS)
  • STEM Ambassador

Academic positions

  • 01/2017 - present: Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 01/2017 - present: Honorary Research Associate, Imperial College London
  • 01/2013 - 12/2016: Research Associate, Imperial College London
  • 01/2010 - 12/2012: Research Associate, Cardiff University
  • 11/2006 - 10/2009: Marie Curie EST Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Speaking engagements

  • 03/2019 (Invited talk) State Key Laboratory of Hydroscience and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China
  • 03/2019 (Invited talk) State Key Laboratory of Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • 06/2018: (Invited talk) Resilience Engineering Seminars, University of Tokyo, Japan.
  • 02/2018: (Invited talk) Chemical Engineering Department Seminars, University of Bath, UK.
  • 11/2017: (Invited talk) School of Engineering, Newcastle University, UK.
  • 11/2017: (Invited talk) BP Institute for Multiphase Flow, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 07/2017: (Invited talk) UK Fluids Network Special Interest Group "Fluid Mechanics for Cleaning and Decontamination", University of Manchester, UK.
  • 04/2017: (Invited talk) State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Science, Wuhan University, China
  • 11/2016: (Invited talk) Workshop on Drop Impact: from Coalescence to Splashing, Imperial College London, UK
  • 08/2016: (Invited talk) BIRS - Enabling Process Innovation through Computation workshop, Banff International Research Station, Banff, Canada
  • 01/2016 (Invited talk) State Key Laboratory of Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China

Committees and reviewing

External PhD Examiner for:

  • University of Cambridge, UK

Grant reviewer for:

  • British Council

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Undergraduate courses

  • EN1091 - Engineering Analysis
  • EN1914 - Professional Studies (Fluid Mechanics)
  • EN3317 - Environmental Hydraulics
  • EN3100 - Project

Postgraduate courses

  • ENT602 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • ENT725 - Case Study

Research interests include computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modelling, interfacial flows, multiphase flows, water wave mechanics, hydrodynamics, hydraulics, coastal and offshore engineering, marine renewable energy, and environmental fluid mechanics.