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Research interests

  • Applied aerodynamics
  • Aerofoil design and optimisation
  • Thermal design and management
  • Wind engineering and industrial fluid dynamics
  • Transportation electrification


Dr Shaun Shen (publish as Xiang Shen) is a Senior Lecturer in applied aerodynamics, with expertise in experimental fluid dynamics (wind tunnel testing), flow control and visualisation, aerodynamic and thermal design, and multidisciplinary optimisation. He is currently the academic lead in Northumbria University Wind Tunnel (NUWT). 

Shaun received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary University of London in the UK and subsequently conducted aerodynamic & thermal management research in Newcastle University as a postdoc research associate in Professor Barrie Mecrow’s group. He was also a visiting scholar at Tohoku University in Japan in 2008 and 2009. 

Shaun has actively led or participated in aerodynamics-related research projects, such as the Royal Society project “Research on the mechanisms of dynamic stall of the wind turbine blades equipped with vortex generators”, the EPSRC project "UK Turbulence Consortium" and the China State Program "Fundamental Research on Aerodynamics of Large-Scale Wind Turbine". He is the invited reviewer for academic journals such as Physics of Fluids, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, the Aeronautical Journal, etc.

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, PhD, Experimental and Numerical Study of Surface Curvature Effects on the Performance of the Aerofoils Used in Small Wind Turbines, Queen Mary University of London

30 Sept 201211 Nov 2016

Award Date: 31 Jan 2017

Other Engineering, MEng, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Award Date: 18 Jun 2012

Other Engineering, BEng (Hons), Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Award Date: 23 Jun 2010

Other Engineering, Certificate, JYPE 2008-2009, Tohoku University

Award Date: 13 Aug 2009

External positions

Newcastle University

18 Jun 201817 May 2020


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