Rolls Royce UTCin Combustion System Aerothermal Processes


Dr Yanling Li BEng, MRes, PhD

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Research Associate

Research Group: 
Applied Aerodynamics


Research Interests:
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), applied aerodynamics in gas turbine engines, fuel injector flows, internal flow systems alternative fuel for future gas turbine combustion, thermal analysis in gas turbine engines.


Member of the National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT)
Member of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes


  • BEng, Engineering (Distinction), Guangxi University China, 2007
  • MSc, Advanced Mechanical Engineering, University of Sussex, 2008
  • PhD, ‘Numerical simulations of rotating stall in axial flow compressors’, University of Sussex, 2014

Past Positions:

  • Combustion Aerothermal Technologist (secondment role) in Combustions and Turbines Subsystem, Roll-Royce Plc, 2018-2020
  • Research Associate, Loughborough University, 2014-2020.


  • Computational study of air flow within turbine case cooling systems.
  • Computational analysis of combustion external aerodynamics for Enhanced Low Emission Combustion Technology.
  • Computational study of rich burn combustion system including fuel spray nozzle characteristics.

Publications and Awards

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