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Department of Engineering

Dr Liping Xu


Liping Xu


Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Research group: Turbomachinery

Telephone: +44 1223 3 37598



Research interests

Next generation large civil aeroengines will feature ultra high bypass ratio fans having high efficiency and low noise.  This moves the fan aero-acoustics design to a new parameter space which is beyond the past and the current practice.  Dr. Xu is working in collaboration with Rolls Royce plc on the new TSB “NADIT” project to understand the fundamentals of such fans and to develop the technology required for the future engine development.

Turbochargered IC engine promises large fuel saving for passenger cars.  Current research projects at the Whittle Laboratory sponsored by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry look into the aerodynamic aspects of the turbines and compressors used in turbochargers and develop the technology to meet the market demands.

Steam turbines are still the main working horses for power generation and the improvement in their efficiency can significantly contribute to emission reduction produced by the fissile fuel.  Research activities sponsored by Siemens Power generation and others are focusing on the aerodynamics of the steam flows through the turbines for the efficiency improvement.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

  • Silent Aircraft Initiative (SIA)
  • Low Speed Low Noise Fans for Future Ultra High Bypass Ratio
  • (UBPR) Civil Aeroengines
  • Turbocharger Technology for Passenger vehicles


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