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Energy, Fluids and Turbomachinery

Studying at Cambridge


Huangwei Zhang

Huangwei Zhang
ISO-15, Hopkinson Laboratory,
Department of Engineering,
University of Cambridge,
Cambridge CB2 1PZ



=== Education ===
- Ph.D. in Energy and Combustion, University of Cambridge (Supervisor: Prof. E. Mastorakos), 2015
Dissertation title: Extinction in Turbulent Swirling Non-premixed Flames
- M.E. in Fluid Mechanics, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2009
- B.E. in Engineering Mechanics, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2007

=== Employment ===
- Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2015-present.
- Research Associate, PKU Combustion Lab, College of Engineering, Peking University, 2009-2011. (Advisor: Prof. Z. Chen)

=== Affiliation ===
- Student member of Combustion Institute British Section

=== Other activities ===
Reviewers for:
- Proceedings of the Combustion Institute (36)
- Fuel
- International Journal of Thermal Sciences

Departments and Institutes

Hopkinson Laboratory, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Research Interests

  • Current Research Interests (Cambridge University)
  1. Large eddy simulations (LES); conditional moment closure (CMC) modelling
  2. Dynamics (local extinction, blow-off, lift-off, forced spark ignition, etc.) of turbulent non-premixed flames
  3. Gas turbine combustion
  4. Multiphase combustion; pulverized coal combustion modelling
  5. High performance computing of reacting flows and parallel algorithm development
  • Previous Research Interests (Peking University)
  1. Theoretical asymptotic analysis of near-limit flame dynamics
  2. Ignition, propagation and extinction of laminar premixed flames
  • Previous Research Interests (Beijing Univ. of Aero. & Astro.)
  1. Numerical algorithms and simulations of (fully compressible) hypersonic flows


  • Supervisor for 3A6 Heat and Mass Transfer (Lent Term 2015)
  • Supervisor for 3A5 Thermodynamics and Power Generation (Michaelmas Term 2016)

Key Publications


  1. Huangwei Zhang, Extinction in Turbulent Swirling Non-premixed Flames, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2015.  link


       (*corresponding author)

  1. Huangwei Zhang*, Epaminondas Mastorakos, LES/CMC Modelling of Extinction Dynamics in A Gas Turbine Model Combustor. In Preparation. 
  2. Huangwei Zhang*, Epaminondas Mastorakos, Modelling Local Extinction in Sydney Swirling Non-premixed Flames with LES/CMC. Submitted to Proceedings of the Combustion Institute. Under Review. 

  3. Huangwei Zhang*, Epaminondas Mastorakos, Prediction of The Global Extinction Conditions and Dynamics in Swirling Non-premixed Flames Using LES/CMC Modelling.  Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 2016. link [Open Access]

  4. Huangwei Zhang*, Andrew Garmory, Davide E. Cavaliere, Epaminondas Mastorakos, Large Eddy Simulation/Conditional Moment Closure Modeling of Swirl-stabilized Non-premixed Flames with Local Extinction. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 35 (2015) 1167-1174. link
  5. Bin Bai, Zheng Chen*, Huangwei Zhang, Shiyi Chen, Flame Propagation in A Tube with Wall Quenching of Radicals. Combustion and Flame, 160 (2013) 2810-2819. link
  6. Huangwei Zhang*, Zheng Chen, Effects of Heat Conduction and Radical Quenching on Premixed Stagnation Flame Stabilized by A Wall. Combustion Theory and Modelling, 17 (2013) 682-706. link
  7. Huangwei Zhang, Peng Guo, Zheng Chen*, Critical Condition for the Ignition of Reactant Mixtures by Radical Deposition. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 34 (2013) 3267-3275. link
  8. Huangwei Zhang, Peng Guo, Zheng Chen*, Outwardly Propagating Spherical Flames with Thermally Sensitive Intermediate Kinetics and Radiative Loss. Combustion Science and Technology, 185 (2013) 226-248. link
  9. Huangwei Zhang*, Peng Guo, Zheng Chen, Studies on the Mechanism of Radical Ignition of Premixed Gas. Journal of Engineering Thermophysics, 33(2012) 2219-2222. (in Chinese) link
  10. Huangwei Zhang, Zheng Chen*, Spherical Flame Initiation and Propagation with Thermally Sensitive Intermediate Kinetics. Combustion and Flame158 (2011) 1520-1531. link
  11. Huangwei Zhang*, Zheng Chen, Effects of Lewis Numbers of Fuel and Radical on the Ignition of Premixed Gases. Journal of Engineering Thermophysics32(2011) 1249-1252. (in Chinese) link



  1. Huangwei Zhang, Prediction of Extinction in Turbulent Non-premixed Flames. UK Turbulent Reacting Flows Consortium (UKTRFC) Annual Conference. Imperial College, London, 22nd-23rd September, 2015. 
  2. Huangwei Zhang, Prediction of Blow-off Conditions and Dynamics of Swirl Non-premixed Flames Using LES/CMC Modeling. 2015 ERCOFTAC Osborne Reynolds Student Award Day, University of Manchester, 7 July, 2015. 
  3. Huangwei Zhang, Andrew Garmory, Epaminondas Mastorakos, Scalable parallel and computationally-conservative implementations of the conditional moment closure model in large eddy simulations. 15th International Conference on Numerical Combustion, Palais de Papes, Avignon, France, 19th-22th April, 2015. Accepted for oral presentations. 
  4. Huangwei Zhang, Epaminondas Mastorakos, Prediction of Blow-off Dynamics of Swirl Non-premixed Flames Using LES/CMC Modeling. 9th Mediterranean Combustion Symposium, Rhodes, Greece, 2015. Accepted for oral presentations. 
  5. Huangwei Zhang, Andrew Garmory, Epaminondas Mastorakos, Predictions of localized extinction and re-ignition in swirl diffusion flames with LES/CMC method. Joint meeting of the British and Scandinavian-Nordic Sections of the Combustion Institute, University of Cambridge, 27-28th March 2014. 
  6. Huangwei Zhang, Epaminondas Mastorakos, Effects of wall heat loss on swirl-stabilized non-premixed flames with localized extinction. 10th International ERCOFTAC Symposium on Engineering Turburlent Modelling and Measurements (ETMM10), accepted for oral presentations. 
  7. Huangwei Zhang, Epaminondas Mastorakos, Andrew Garmory, LES-CMC of swirl-stabilized non-premixed flames approaching extinction. Current Research in Combustion: A Forum for Research Students and Early Career Researchers, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, September 2013. 
  8. Bin Bai, Zheng Chen, Huangwei Zhang, Shiyi Chen, Effects of radical quenching on flame propagation in a tube.  9th Asian-Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC),  Gyeongju, Korea, May 2013.
  9. Peng Guo, Huangwei Zhang, Zheng Chen, Comparisons between thermal and chemical ignition of premixed gas. 2012 Chinese Conference on Combustion, Beijing, China, 2012, accepted.
  10. Huangwei Zhang, Peng Guo, Zheng Chen, Studies on Chemical Ignition Mechanism of Premixed Gas. 2011 Chinese Conference on Combustion, Hangzhou, China, 2011, Paper No. 114058.
  11. Huangwei Zhang, Xialing Zhang, Zheng Chen, Outwardly Propagating Spherical Flames with Thermally Sensitive Intermediate Kinetics and Radiative Loss. The 23rd International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosion and Reactive Systems (ICDERS), July 24-29, 2011. Irvine, California, oral presentation.
  12. Huangwei Zhang, Zheng Chen, The Influence of the Lewis Numbers of Fuel and Radical on Flame Ignition of Premixed Gas. 2010 Chinese Conference on Combustion, Guangzhou, China, 2010, Paper No. 104012.

4th Year Project Deadlines

27th May 2015
Each student submits two copies of Final report plus an extra copy of their technical abstract, plus their log book or electronic equivalent to Group Centres by 4pm.

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