Rolls Royce UTCin Combustion System Aerothermal Processes


Dr Hao Xia BEng, MSc, PhD, FHEA, MAIAA

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Reader in Gas Turbine Aerothermal Engineering

Research Group: 
Applied Aerodynamics


Research interests:
Eddy Resolving Turbulence Modelling, Large-Eddy Simulation, Computational Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics, High-Performance Computing


Rolls-Royce/Loughborough University Senior Lecturer in Gas Turbine Aerothermal Engineering

Member of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes since 2014


  • Turbulent jets and far-field noise
  • Medial axis level sets and automated hex grids
  • Massively parallel processes with optimised scheduling


  • PGCertHE, Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, University of Sussex, 2013
  • PhD, 'Dynamic Grid Detached-Eddy Simulation for Synthetic Jet Flows', University of Sheffield, 2006.
  • MSc (1st class), Fluid Mechanics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronatics, 2001
  • BEng, Aircraft Aerodynamics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 1998

Past Positions:

  • Software Engineer, Nanjing R&D Centre, Huawei Co. Ltd., 2001
  • Senior Research Officer, Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, Swansea University, 2006 – 2007
  • Research Associate, Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 2007 – 2010
  • MHI Senior Research Fellow, Osney Laboratory, University of Oxford, 2011
  • Lecturer in Computational Thermodynamics, University of Sussex, 2011 – 2014
  • Lecturer in Gas Turbine Aerothermal Engineering, Loughborough University, 2014 – date


Far-field noise radiated by turbulent jets; Indirection noise from gas turbine combustors. Both involve eddy-resolving numerical techniques for turbulent flow fields. Sound is either directly captured or acoustically modelled based on the obtained aerodynamic properties. Jets associated noise and combustion indirect noise are keys to the success of the next generation gas turbine engines given the ever more stringent regulatory requirements, e.g. FlightPath 2050. The latest research will try to provide fundamental understanding of the underlying flow and acoustic physics and to seek possible solutions for design optimisation.

Selected research projects:

  • Aerodynamics & Aeroacoustics of Co-Flowing Jets, EPSRC, 2006-2007
  • Differential Distance Function Computations for Mesh Generation, EPSRC, 2007-2010
  • SILOET Jet Noise Project, RR/TSB, 2010
  • Optimised Micro Turbine Solar Power System, EU FP7, 2013-2014
  • Towards Whole Spectrum Jet Noise Prediction, EPSRC, 2015-2016


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Aeronautical Engineering, Loughborough University:

  • Turbomachinery and Propulsion (TTB203)
  • Introduction to CFD (TTC102)
  • Part C and D Individual Projects
  • DIS Tutor

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics:

  • Visualisation with Tecplot
  • Technical Computing

External Activities

  • Member of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Member of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes
  • Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Collaborative research under the EU Framework Programmes
  • EPSRC Peer Reviewer
  • PhD External/Internal Examiner
  • Referee of papers for international conferences and journals:
    • AIAA Journal
    • Applied Mathematical Modelling
    • ASME Journal of Turbomachinery
    • Computers & Fluids
    • Flow, Turbulence and Combustion
    • Parallel Computing

Invited Lectures/Talks

  • Industria de Turbo Propulsores, Madrid, Spain, 2010
  • AIAA CFD Technical Committee (LESWG), Orlando, USA, 2011

Publications and Awards

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  • Outstanding Master Dissertation Prize, Jiangsu Province, China, 2001
  • ORS Awards, Overseas Research Scholarship UK, 2001-2004
  • Runner-up Prize, 4th Osborne Reynolds Student Competition, UK, 2006