GPPS Xi’an21: Organizers

Conference Co-Chair

Prof. Zhenping Feng

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Dr. Feng is a professor at the Institute of Turbomachinery, School of Energy & Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, where he received his academic degrees of BS, MS and PhD, respectively. He has been a visiting scholar at Institute of Space System, University of Stuttgart, Germany, from Nov. 1993 to Nov. 1994, and a DAAD visiting Professor at Propulsion Lab, Berlin University of Technology, Germany, in later 1998.

His research focus is mainly on the turbomachinery aerodynamics and design optimization, advanced cooling technology for turbomachinery, aero-thermal coupled performance in turbine cascades, steam turbine and wet steam condensing flows, etc. At present, he leads the Shaanxi Engineering Lab of Turbomachinery and Power Equipment, and also the AECC CAE – XJTU United Innovation Center for Advanced Turbine Optimization Design Technology of Aero Engine.

He was awarded the Excellent University Teacher, and two National Awards for Teaching Achievement by the Ministry of Education of China, three Provincial and Ministerial Awards for Science and Technology Achievements, and also a SAGE Best Paper Prize 2018 by Journal of Power and Energy, Proceedings of IMechE.

Prof. Hong Yan

Conference Co-Chair

Prof. Zhenping Feng

School of Power and Energy, Northwestern Polytechnical University

Hong Yan, Professor and Vice Dean of School of Power & Energy at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), received her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from NPU in 1997. Then she conducted post-doctoral research in Tsinghua University. In 1999, she went to the United States and performed research at Rutgers University and Wright State University as a postdoctor, later becoming research professor. In 2011, she joined the faculty of NPU as a full Professor of Aerospace Engineering. She is an AIAA Associate Fellow.

Her research areas include supersonic flow control by energy deposition, supersonic boundary layer/shock wave interaction, gas-turbine combustor design, spray and atomization.

Prof. Francesco Contino

Review Chair

Prof. Francesco Contino

Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering, UCLouvain

Francesco Contino received his degree in electro-mechanical engineering from the UCLouvain in 2006. He has spent one year learning Chinese in Nankai University, Tianjin, China.. He then performed his Ph.D. thesis at UCLouvain between 2007 and 2011 as a Research Fellow of the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS. In 2011-2012, he had a post-doc position at Université d’Orléans, where he worked on the impact of valerate esters on engine performances. In 2012, he joined the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as Assistant Professor. Then, in 2019, he was appointed at UCLouvain, where he is since 2020 Professor. He is member of the board of the Belgian Automotive Engineers and Chairman of the Belgian Section of the Combustion Institute.

Francesco Contino focuses his research effort on four strands: Energy systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of reactive systems, Real Driving Emissions and Robust Optimisation — optimisation combined with uncertainty quantification. About energy systems, he works at micro and macro levels to understand what are the key drivers to help us succeed the energy transition. For numerical simulations, he has developed a reduction method (TDAC), in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, to use detailed mechanisms in CFD simulation; it is included in the official release of OpenFOAM. Francesco Contino also works on real driving emissions of passenger cars and heavy duty; he includes uncertainties in emission factors and uses Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS). Finally, he works on making robust design optimisation affordable by working on efficient optimiser and fast uncertainty quantification methods.
Prof. Anestis Kalfas

Review Co-Chair

Prof. Anestis Kalfas

Mechanical Engineering Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Anestis Kalfas is a Professor in Turbomachinery. He belongs to the teaching staff of the Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Anestis Kalfas received his PhD in Turbomachinery Aerodynamics from Cranfield University in 1994 and his Dipl.-Ing. Mech. Eng. Aristotle University of his native Thessaloniki. He worked as a Research Associate at the Whittle Lab., University of Cambridge and as an Aircraft Engineer at the Hellenic Air Force. He has been a Senior Scientist at the Turbomachinery Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, since July 2000 where he lectured in Turbomachinery Design.

Dr Kalfas is active in the areas of axial steam and gas-turbine aerodynamics, gas-turbine performance and power plant optimization, boundary layer transition and turbulence and novel aerodynamic probe technology.

Prof. Jun Li

Local Managing Co-Director

Prof. Jun Li

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Dr. Jun Li is a professor of Institute of Turbomachinery of Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. Dr. Li obtained his Bachelor and Doctor Degree of Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University at 1993 and 1998 respectively. Dr. Li conducted his Postdoctoral research at Kyoto Institute of Technology and Kyushu Institute of Technology from 1998 to 2002 in Japan. Dr. Li research topics focus on the Advanced Rotating Sealing Technologies in Turbomachinery, Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer and Cooling Layouts of Gas Turbines, Specified Working Fluid Turbomachinery.

Local Managing Co-Director

Prof. Dingxi Wang

School of Power and Energy, Northwestern Polytechnical University

Dingxi is currently a professor and head of the department of fluid machinery at school of Power and Energy, Northwestern Polytechnical University. He obtained his Bachelor degree and Master degree in engineering at Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2002 and 2005 respectively and his PhD in computational fluid dynamics at University of Durham in 2009. He worked on turbomachinery aerodynamics and aeroelasticity as a senior engineer from July 2008 to May 2012 and a principal engineer from June 2012 to Dec 2015 at Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd in the UK. He joined Northwestern Polytechnical University in Jan 2016. He teaches undergraduate turbomachinery aerodynamics and postgraduate turbomachinery aeroelasticity. His research interest covers turbomachinery aerodynamics and aeroelasticity and related numerical methods development.

Our location

With team members spread across the globe, the core team is based in Zurich Switzerland.

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Landis + Gyr-Strasse 1, 6300 Zug