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Prof Kai Luo
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  • Chair of Energy Systems
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Professor Kai Luo holds the Chair of Energy Systems and is the Head of the Energy and The Environment Research Division in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London.

   Professor Luo is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also an Associate Fellow of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of The Institute of Physics (IoP), a Fellow of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), a Fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and an Inaugural Fellow of The Combustion Institute.

   Professor Luo studied in the Engineering Department of Cambridge University and obtained his PhD in 1992. He conducted postdoctoral research in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Imperial College London from 1991 to 1993. He subsequently worked for Queen Mary, University of London, and became a full professor of the University of London in 2002. Between 2004 and 2013, he was Chair of Energy Systems in the University of Southampton, where he created and led a large Energy Technology Research Group, and developed highly successful MSc programmes in the energy field.

   In research, Prof Luo collaborates extensively with colleagues in the UK and across the world. He also works closely with a large number of companies. His research activities have been funded by major organisations such as the EPSRC, the EU, the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Professor Luo’s research interests are in combustion, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, multiphase flow, complex fluids, energy and interdisciplinary sciences. He is internationally renowned for his work on multiscale multiphysics phenomena in both scientific and engineering domains. He has made advances in modelling and simulation methodologies across scales (i.e., atomic, nano-, micro-, meso- and macroscales). His theoretical and modelling work has covered (1) continuum-based macroscopic methods such as direct numerical simulation (DNS), large eddy simulation (LES) and Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS); (2) kinetic-based mesoscopic methods such as lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) and discrete element method (DEM); and (3) atomistic simulation methods such as molecular dynamics (MD) and reactive molecular dynamics (RMD). Prof Luo and co-workers have developed models, simulation tools and codes that are used in academia and industry worldwide. His research has advanced fundamental knowledge in compressible turbulence, aerodynamics and aeroacoustics; multiphase, thermal, reactive, biomedical and multiphysics flows, with applications in aerospace, automotive, chemical, energy, material, biomedical engineering and nanotechnology.

Professor Luo has initiated and led large national and international consortia. Between 2002 and 2010, he led the UK’s Consortium on Computational Combustion for Engineering Applications funded by the EPSRC. The consortium gathered together academics and researchers from 14 institutions across the UK to tackle fundamental and applied problems in combustion and energy using national high-end computing (HEC) facilities. Since 2013, he has been leading the UK Consortium On Mesoscale Engineering Sciences (UKCOMES) funded by the EPSRC. UKCOMES consists of academics and researchers from 20+ UK and 10+ international institutions, with international and/or industrial advisors from 4 continents. In addition, Professor Luo is a founding member of UK Turbulence Consortium which has been operating since 1998.  World-class HEC facilities such as ARCHER2 have been utilised to perform cutting-edge simulations to advance fundamental understanding, and facilitate engineering design and optimisation.

Teaching Summary

    1. Module Coordinator of MECHGM02 – Power Transmission & Auxiliary Machinery Systems
    2. Module Coordinator of MECH0032 - New and Renewable Energies
    3. Lecturer of MECH0011 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
    4. Panel Member of MECH2003 – Third Year Projects
    5. External Examiner of MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London
    6. External Examiner of MSc in Thermal Power and Fluids Engineering, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, the Victoria University of Manchester

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