Dr Zhibin Yu
- Lecturer in Energy Engineering (Systems Power and Energy)
I am a Lecturer in Energy Engineering within the School of Engineering. Prior to this position, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester (2006–2011) and the University of Leicester (2011–2012). I received my BEng in Cryogenic and Refrigeration Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) in 2000 and my PhD in Thermal Engineering from Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. Part of my PhD project was carried out at the Laboratoire d’Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l’Ingénieur, CNRS, France (2004–2005). I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE), and also currently the Research Theme Coordinator for Heat Energy within the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) of Scotland.
My research is mainly focused on thermal energy technologies and their fundamental thermodynamic, heat transfer, fluid-dynamic problems. I am particularly interested in developing novel energy technologies to utilise low temperature heat sources such as geothermal energy, industrial waste heat, solar thermal energy, and exhaust heat of internal combustion engines, including but not limited to the topics as follows:
- Organic Rankine Cycle and Kalina Cycle power generation technologies.
- Heat pump technologies for domestic and industrial applications.
- Thermoacoustic generator, heat pump, refrigerator, and gas liquefier.
- Combined heat and power.
- Thermal energy storage.
My research covers both the fundamental and applied aspects of these energy systems:
- Advanced modelling techniques for investigating their thermodynamic and fluid dynamic characteristics.
- Numerical simulation tools for their design and optimisation.
- Novel concepts for their applications.
- Experimental study of the complicated unsteady flows and heat transfer within such energy systems.
Thermodynamics, heat transfer, numerical modelling, advanced experimental techniques such as Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF), system design, integration, and prototyping, etc.
Yu, Z., Jaworski, A.J. and Backhaus, S. (2012) Travelling-wave thermoacoustic electricity generator using an ultra-compliant alternator for utilization of low-grade thermal energy. Applied Energy, 99, pp. 135-145. (doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2012.04.046)
- EPSRC (GCRF): Geothermally sourced combined power and freshwater generation for eastern Africa (Combi-Gen), Total value: £1,341,748 (UoG: £969,393), May 2017 – April 2020, Role: PI at UoG and overall project leader.
- Newton Fund (China-UK Research and Innovation Bridges competition; via EPSRC): An ORC power plant integrated with thermal energy storage to utilise renewable heat sources for distributed heating and power, Total value: ~£2M (UoG: £390,871); May 2017 – April 2019; Role: PI.
- EPSRC: Thermally Driven Heat Pump Based on an Integrated Thermodynamic Cycle for Low Carbon Domestic Heating (Therma-Pump), Ref: EP/N020472/1, Total value: £713,033 (UoG: £505,270), Oct. 2016 – Jun. 2019, Role: PI at UoG and overall project leader.
- Royal Society–National Natural Science Foundation of China: Study on the integrated vehicle IC engine based ORC system, Ref: IE150866, Total value: £12,500 (UoG: £5,350), Mar. 2016 – Mar. 2018, Role: PI.
- European Commission: Demonstration of soft stimulation treatments of geothermal reservoirs (DESTRESS), Ref: No 691728, Total value: €10.7M (UoG: £279,890) 2016 – 2020, Role: Co-I
- EPSRC: Real time control of gasifiers to increase tolerance to biomass variety and reduce emissions, Ref: EP/M01343X/1, Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2017, Total value: £999,756 (UoG: £427,355) Role: Co-I.
- European Commission: Low-Carbon After-Life for Coal Mines (LoCAL) – Ground-Source Heat-Pumps, Total Value: £189,871, Jul. 2014 – Jun. 2017, Role: Co-I.
- EPSRC: Dynamic Organic Rankine Cycle for Recovering Industrial Waste Heat, Ref: EP/N005228/1, Total value: £98,481, Feb. 2016 – Apr. 2017, Role: PI.
- EPSRC IAA: Development of a Novel Expander Technology, (Via EP/K503903/1), Total value: £10K, Jan 2017 – Mar. 2017, Role: PI.
- University of Glasgow: Part-time Industrial Secondment to Crown House Technology Ltd, £9,350, Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2015, Role: PI.
- Royal Society: Investigating zeotropic mixtures as working fluids for high efficiency Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power plants, Ref: RG130051, Total value: £14,750, Nov. 2013 – Oct. 2014, Role: PI.
- Energy Technology Partnership: Organic Rankine Cycle using Zeotropic Working Fluids. Feb. 2014 – April 2014. Total value: £800, Role: PI.
- Royal Academy of Engineering: Innovative energy neutral membrane system for metallurgy wastewater treatment and heavy metal recovery, Ref: NRCP/1415/55, Total value: £17,850, Jan. 2015 – Nov. 2015, Role: Co-I.
- Chinese Academy of Sciences: Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Thermoacoustic energy systems, Total value: CNY 130,000, Sep. 2004 – Sep. 2005, Role: PI.
Member of Research Networks:
- EPSRC: Thermal Energy Challenge Network. Ref: EP/P005667/1, Aug 2016 – July 2019.
- EPSRC: Network Plus: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age. Ref: EP/P001246/1, June 2016 – May 2019.
- EPSRC: UK Fluids Network. Ref: EP/N032861/1, June 2016 – May 2019.
- Dr Youcai Liang
- Dr Enhua Wang
Current PhD students:
- Mr Andrew Mckeown, Project: Organic Rankine cycle power generation technologies.
- Mr Mohammed Ridha Al-Tameemi, Project: Heat pump technologies.
- Mr Ali Abbas Hameed Al-kayiem, Project: Travelling wave thermoacoustic engines and their applications.
- Mr Peter Collings, Project: Dynamic Organic Rankine Cycle power plants.
Potential PhD projects:
I am keen to supervise and support PhD projects in the areas as follows:
- Dynamic modelling of organic Rankine cycle power plants
- Organic Rankine cycle systems for energy recovery from exhaust heat of internal combustion engines
- Thermally driven thermoacoustic refrigerator/heat pump
- Thermoacoustic electricity generators for energy recovery from exhaust heat of internal combustion engines
- High temperature heat pumps for energy recovery from industrial waste heat sources
- Modelling and experimental research on the heat transfer enhancement for phase change materials
If you have your own project ideas in my research areas and seek for a supervisor, please contact me via my email address (Zhibin.Yu@glasgow.ac.uk).
- ENG2053: Thermodynamics 2
- ENG3053: Thermodynamics of Engines 3
- ENG4179: Advanced Thermal Engineering 4
- ENG5303: Advanced Thermal Engineering 5
- Course leader of "Thermodynamics 2" (ENG2053)
- Course leader of "Thermodynamics of Engines 3" (ENG3053)
- BEng Project Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering Teaching Discipline, School of Engineering
- Member of EPSRC Associate College
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Charted Engineer, Engineering Council, United Kingdom
- Member of IMechE, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom
Awards to the team:
- Best Paper in the Session “Energy Conversion”, 12th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 11-12 July, 2016, Malaga, Spain; with a paper “Dynamic Organic Cycle with a fixed expansion ratio positive displacement expander” authored by Peter Collings and Zhibin Yu.
- Best Paper in the Session “Energy and Environmental Systems”, 12th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 11-12 July, 2016, Malaga, Spain; with a paper “A combined organic Rankine cycle – heat pump system for domestic hot water application” authored by Peter Collings, Mohammed Al-Tameemi and Zhibin Yu.
- Dr Zhibin Yu received “Outstanding Reviewer” Certificate from the journal “Applied Energy”, Elsevier, 2015.
- PhD Student Ali Al-Kayiem received “James Watt PG Award” from the School of Engineering in 2015.
- Certificate of Merit (Student) for The 2014 International Conference of Mechanical Engineering, with a paper “Design of a traveling wave thermoacoustic engine driven cooler with hybrid configuration”, authored by Ali Al-Kayiem, and Zhibin Yu.
- Runner Up Prize for Best student paper at 3rd IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, London, UK, with a paper “Heating Glasgow University with river sourced heat pumps” authored by Adam McConkey, Andrew Poon-King and Zhibin Yu.