Wei-Xi Huang
Associate Professor of Fluid Mechanics
Address: School of Aerospace, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Tel: 010-62797215 (O)
Email: hwx@tsinghua.edu.cn

Education background

B.S., Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2001.07
M.S., Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2004.01
Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, 2009.01

Experience

Postdoctor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, 2009.02~2010.01
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2010.01~2012.12
Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2012.12~ present
Visiting Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2015.3~2015.8

Concurrent Academic

Editorial board member: Journal of Hydrodynamics, Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng.-Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Guest editor: Acta Mechnica Sinica, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Reviewer for more than 30 SCI journals

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

Turbulence physics, Drag reduction control, Turbulence over complex/moving boundaries, Turbulence-wave interaction, Turbulence-particle interaction, Direct numerical simulation, Large eddy simulation, Wall-layer model
Fluid-flexible body interaction, Immersed boundary method, Biomimetic flows, Self-propulsion, Vortex-vortex interaction
Hydrodynamics of marine propulsion

Research Status

Prof. Huang’s current research focus is on numerical study of turbulence control and development of novel schemes for turbulent drag reduction for applications in aerospace engineering. To be more specific, he studies turbulent boundary layer with compliant coatings and active wall motions for drag reduction. Prof. Huang is also interested in computational biofluid mechanics. He has been developing computational methods for fluid-flexible body interactions, with the goal of simulating and obtaining physical insight into problems from biomechanics, e.g. 2D and 3D flag-in-wind problems, energy harvesting eel, swimming jellyfish, deformation of blood cells in shear flows, etc.

Teaching
Introduction to Turbulence, for postgraduates, spring semester, 2011-present
Viscous Fluid Flow, for undergraduates, fall semester, 2012-present
Theory and Modeling of Flow-Solid-Thermal Interactions, for postgraduates, spring semester, 2019-present

 

Honors And Awards

Excellent graduate of Tsinghua university, second award (top 10% among all graduates), 2001.7
Best Paper Award from Korea Society of Computational Fluids Engineering, 2007.10
Outstanding Research Award for Brain Korea 21, 2008.2
China National Science Funds for Excellent Young Scientists, 2013.8
Yangtze River Scholar Award for Young Scholars, 2017.03
Acta Mechanica Sinica Best Paper Award (total three papers each year), 2017.12
Publons Peer Review Awards 2018 (top 1% of reviewers in Engineering), 2018.11

Academic Achievement

Related links:
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-5462-2010
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wei-Xi_Huang

Turbulence Simulation and Drag Reduction Control
M.-X. Zhao, W.-X. Huang, C.-X. Xu, Drag Reduction in Turbulent Flows along a Cylinder by Streamwise-Travelling Waves of Circumferential Wall Velocity, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 862: 75-98, 2019
G. Yin, W. X. Huang, C. X. Xu, Prediction of near-wall turbulence using minimal flow unit, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 841: 654-673, 2018
W.-Y. Zhang, W.-X. Huang*, C.-X. Xu, G.-X. Cui, Suboptimal Control of Wall Turbulence with Arrayed Dimple Actuators for Drag Reduction, Journal of Turbulence, 17(4): 379-399, 2016
Q.-J. Xia, W.-X. Huang*, C.-X. Xu, G.-X Cui, Direct numerical simulation of spatially developing turbulent boundary layers with opposition control, Fluid Dynamics Research, 47: 025503, 2015
Y.-J. Dai, W.-X. Huang*, C.-X. Xu, G.-X. Cui, Direct numerical simulation of turbulent flow in a rotating square duct, Physics of Fluids, 27: 065104, 2015
Yinshan Wang, Weixi Huang, Chunxiao Xu, On hairpin vortex generation from near-wall streamwise vortices, Acta Mechanica Sinica, 31(2): 139-152, 2015
B.-Q. Deng, C.-X. Xu, W.-X. Huang*, G.-X. Cui, Strengthened opposition control for skin-friction reduction in wall-bounded turbulent flows, Journal of Turbulence, 15(2): 122-143, 2014
B.Q. Deng, C.X. Xu, W.X. Huang, G.X. Cui, Effect of active control on optimal structures in wall turbulence, SCIENCE CHINA-Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy, 56(2), 290-297, 2013
M.-W. Ge, C.-X. Xu, W.-X. Huang, G.-X. Cui, Transient Response of Enstrophy Transport to Opposition Control in Turbulent Channel Flow, Applied Mathematics and Mechanics-English Edition, 34(2), 127-138, 2013
C.-X. Xu and W.-X. Huang, Transient Response of Reynolds Stress Transport to Spanwise Wall Oscillation in a Turbulent Channel Flow, Physics of Fluids, 17: 018101, 2005

Flow over Complex Boundaries
L.-H. Wang, W.-X. Huang*, C.-X. Xu, L. Shen, Z.-S. Zhang, Relationship between wall shear stresses and streamwise vortices in turbulent flow over wavy boundary, Applied Mathematics and Mechanics-English Edition, 40(3): 381-396, 2019
Q.-J. Xia, W.-X. Huang*, C.-X. Xu, Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Boundary Layer over an Anisotropic Compliant Wall, Acta Mechanica Sinica, in press, 2019
Q.-J. Xia, W.-X. Huang*, C.-X. Xu, Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Boundary Layer over a Compliant Wall, Journal of Fluids and Structures, 71: 126-142, 2017
C. Yan, W.-X. Huang*, G.-X. Cui, Z.-S. Zhang, Large eddy simulation of flow over a vegetation-like canopy modeled as arrays of bluff elements, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 165: 233-249, 2017
C. Yan, H. M. Nepf, W.-X. Huang*, G.-X. Cui, Large eddy simulation of flow and scalar transport in a vegetated channel, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 17: 497-519, 2017
Z.-X. Hu, J. Huang, W.-X. Huang*, G.-X. Cui, Second-order curved interface treatments of the lattice Boltzmann method for convection-diffusion equations with conjugate interfacial conditions, Computers and Fluids, 144: 60-73, 2017
Y.S. Liu, G.X. Cui, Z.S. Wang, W.X. Huang, C.X. Xu, Z.S. Zhang, A composite model for complex building street configuration in a large eddy simulation of local urban atmospheric environment, SCIENCE CHINA Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy, 54(4): 716-723, 2011
W.-X. Huang, S.-H. Lee, H.J. Sung, T.-M. Lee and D.-S. Kim, "Simulation of Liquid Transfer between Separating Walls for Modeling Micro-gravure- offset Printing," International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 29: 1436-1446, 2008
W.-X. Huang and H.J. Sung, "Vortex Shedding from a Circular Cylinder near a Moving Wall," Journal of Fluids and Structures, 23: 1064-1076, 2007

Immersed Boundary Method
W.-X. Huang, F.-B. Tian, Recent trends and progresses in the immersed boundary method, Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng.-Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, in press, 2019
W.-X. Huang*, W. Guo, An improved penalty immersed boundary method for multiphase flow simulation, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 88: 447-462, 2018 (Cover Image)
R.-Y. Li, C.-M. Xie, W.-X. Huang*, C.-X. Xu, An efficient immersed boundary projection method for flow over complex/moving boundaries, Computers & Fluids, 140: 122-135, 2016
C. Yan, W.-X. Huang*, G.-X. Cui, C.-X. Xu, Z.-S. Zhang, A Ghost Cell Immersed Boundary Method for Large Eddy Simulation of Flows in Complex Geometries, International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, 29: 12-25, 2015
W.-X. Huang, C.B. Chang and H.J. Sung, Three-dimensional simulation of elastic capsules in shear flow by the penalty immersed boundary method, Journal of Computational Physics, 231: 3340-3364, 2012
W.-X. Huang, C.B. Chang and H.J. Sung, "An Improved Penalty Immersed Boundary Method for Fluid-Flexible Body Interaction", Journal of Computational Physics, 230: 5061-5079, 2011
W.-X. Huang and H.J. Sung, "An Immersed Boundary Method for Fluid?Flexible Structure Interaction," Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 198: 2650-2661, 2009
S.J. Shin, W.-X. Huang and H.J. Sung, "Assessment of regularized delta functions and feedback forcing schemes for an immersed boundary method," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 58: 263-286, 2008
W.-X. Huang, S.J. Shin and H.J. Sung, "Simulation of Flexible Filaments in a Uniform Flow by the Immersed Boundary Method," Journal of Computational Physics, 226: 2206-2228, 2007
W.-X. Huang and H.J. Sung, "Improvement of Mass Source/Sink for an Immersed Boundary Method," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 53: 1659-1671, 2007

Fluid-Structure Interaction
R.-Y. Li, Z.-W. Cui, W.-X. Huang*, L.-H. Zhao, C.-X. Xu, On Rotational Dynamics of a Finite-sized Ellipsoidal Particle in Shear Flows, Acta Mechanica, 230: 449-467, 2019
E. M. Lau, J.-D. Zhang, Y.-X. Jia, W.-X. Huang*, C.-X. Xu, Vortical structures in the wake of falling plates Journal of Visualization, Journal of Visualization, 22:15-24, 2019
E. Lau, W.-X. Huang*, C.-X. Xu, Progression of heavy plates from stable falling to tumbling flight, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 850: 1009-1031, 2018
E. Uddin, W.-X. Huang*, H.J. Sung*,  Actively Flapping Tandem Flexible Flags in a Viscous Flow, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 780: 120-142, 2015
C.-M. Xie, W.-X. Huang*, Vortex interactions between forewing and hindwing of dragonfly in hovering flight, Theoretical & Applied Mechanics Letters, 5: 24-29, 2015
J.H. Lee, W.-X. Huang* and H.J. Sung*, Flapping Dynamics of a Flexible Flag in a Uniform Flow, Fluid Dynamics Research, 46: 055517, 2014
S.G. Park, C.B. Chang, W.-X. Huang, H.J. Sung, Simulation of Swimming Oblate Jellyfish with a Paddling Based Locomotion, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 748: 731-755, 2014
E. Uddin, W.-X. Huang, H.J. Sung, Interaction Modes of Multiple Flexible Flags in a Uniform Flow, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 729: 563-583, 2013
C.B. Chang, W.-X. Huang, H.J. Sung, Lateral Migration of an Elastic Capsule by Optical Force in a Uniform Flow, Physical Review E, 86: 066306, 2012
C.B. Chang, W.-X. Huang, K.H. Lee and H.J. Sung, Optical Levitation of a Non-Spherical Particle in a Loosely Focused Gaussian Beam, Optics Express, 20(21): 24068-24084, 2012
B.Y. Kim, W.-X. Huang, S.J. Shin, and H.J. Sung, Flexible Ring Flapping in a Uniform Flow, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 707: 129-149, 2012
Hao-Tian Gao, Feng-Hua Qin, Wei-Xi Huang, De-Jun Sun, Multiple Modes of Filament Flapping in a Uniform Flow, Chinese Physics Letters, 29(9): 094702, 2012
F.-H. Qin, W.-X. Huang and H.J. Sung, Simulation of Small Swimmer Motions Driven by Tail/Flagellum Beating, Computers & Fluids, 55: 109-117, 2012
W.-X. Huang and H.J. Sung, "Three?Dimensional Simulation of a Flapping Flag in a Uniform Flow," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 653: 301-336, 2010
S. Kim, W.-X. Huang and H.J. Sung, “Constructive and Destructive Interaction Modes between Two Tandem Flexible Flags in Viscous Flow,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 661: 511-521, 2010