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Lixin Cheng

Dr Lixin Cheng PhD, MSc, BEng

Principal Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Summary

Dr Cheng joined Sheffield Hallam University in January 2016. He is dedicated to developing the chemical engineering programme and contributing to teaching several core chemical engineering modules. His teaching interest includes Introduction to Transport Phenomena, Advanced Transport processes, Unit Operations and Separation Processes and Design and Commission Group Projects and Research Projects etc. He is very active in developing interdisciplinary research subjects such as multiphase flow and heat transfer, enhanced heat transfer, advanced chemical engineering processes, oil and gas engineering, subsea technology, carbon capture and storage, energy saving and sustainable energy etc.

  • About

    Dr Cheng obtained his PhD in Thermal Energy Engineering at the State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering of Xi'an Jiaotong University, China in 1998. He worked as associate professor in chemical engineering, senior lecturer and course leader in petroleum engineering, lecturer in chemical engineering, scientific collaborator, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, senior research fellow and post-doctoral researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark, University of Portsmouth, University of Aberdeen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Leibniz University of Hanover in Germany London South Bank University and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands for 16 years since 2000.

    He was a lecturer in chemical process machinery at South China University of Technology in 1998-2000. He has been invited to serve the scientific committee of several international conferences, give keynote lectures and lectures worldwide. He is the editor-in-chief of e-book series “Advances in Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer” by Bentham Science Publishers, SpringerBriefs in “Multiphase Flow” and Book series “Frontiers and Progress in Multiphase Flow” by Springer Verlag in Germany. He is on the editorial board of several international journals. He has extensive research collaboration experience with a number of international universities and industry. 

    He worked as design engineer in Weihai Pump Factory, China for 4 years. His research covers both experimental and modelling in multiphase flow and heat transfer and relevant interdisciplinary research topics. he has published more than 80 papers, 8 book chapters and edited 8 books. He is reviewer for more than 40 international journals and several book proposals and a number of international conferences.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Experiments and modelling on gas liquid two-phase flow and heat transfer, heat and mass transfer, multiphase flow dynamics, flow boiling and condensation, transport phenomena in macro- and micro-channels, cooling and heating technology, nanofluid flow and heat transfer, enhanced heat transfer and energy saving, thermal energy system, carbon capture and storage, and oil-gas-water multiphase flow technologies

  • Teaching

    Department of Engineering and Mathematics

    Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences

    Chemical Engineering/Industrial Collaborative Engineering (ICE)

  • Publications

    Lixin Cheng (2014): Flow Boiling Heat Transfer and Critical Heat Flux Phenomena of Nanofluids in Microscale Channels, In. J. Micoscale Nanoscale Thermal & Fluid Transport Phenomena, Vol. 5, Issue 3&4, pp. 201-214.

    Lei Liu and Lixin Cheng (2014): Effect of a Polymeric Additive on Non-boiling Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop of Upward Gas-Liquid Two Phase Flow in a Vertical Smooth Tube, Int. J. Micoscale Nanoscale Thermal Fluid Transport Phenomena, Vol. 5, Issue 3&4, pp. 233-255.

    Lixin Cheng (2014): Editorial: Great Achievement to the Field of Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal and Fluid Sciences over the Past Five Years and Future Development, Int. J. Micoscale Nanoscale Thermal Fluid Transport Phenomena, Vol. 5, Issue 3&4, pp. 149-150.

    Lixin Cheng, Qincheng Bi, Huixiong Li, Haijun Wang, Frank Z.H. Yang and Tom X. Chen (2014): In Celebration of Professor Ting-Kuan Chen on His 80th Birthday, Int. J. Micoscale Nanoscale Thermal Fluid Transport Phenomena, Vol. 5, Issue 3&4, pp. 151-153.

    Lixin Cheng (2014): Evaluation of Correlations for Supercritical CO2 Cooling Convective Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop in Macro- and Micro-Scale Tubes, Int. J. Microscale Nanoscale Thermal Fluid Transport Phenomena, Vol. 5, Issue 2, pp. 113-126.

    Lixin Cheng (2013): Fundamental Issues of Critical Heat Flux Phenomena during Flow Boiling in Microscale-Channels and Nucleate Pool Boiling in Confined Spaces, Heat Transfer Engineering, Vol. 34, Issue 13, pp. 1011-1043.

    Lei Liu and Lixin Cheng (2013): Effect of a Polymer Additive on Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop Behaviors of Upward Air-Water Flow in an Inclined Smooth Circular Tube, Heat Transfer Engineering, Vol. 34, Issue 13, pp. 1099-1111.

    Lixin Cheng and Afshin Ghajar (2013): In Celebration of Professor John Richard Thome on His 60th Birthday, Heat Transfer Engineering, Vol. 34, Issue 13, pp. 1013-1015.

    Xiang Zhang, Lei Liu, Lixin Cheng, Qiuyue Guo and Ningsheng Zhang (2013): Experimental Study on Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop Characteristics of Air-Water Two-Phase Flow with the Effect of Polyacrylamide Additive in a Horizontal Smooth Circular Tube, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 58, Issue 1-2, pp. 427-440.

    Lixin Cheng et al. (2013): Professor John Richard Thome on His 60th Birthday, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 58, Issue 1-2, pp. 1-2.

    Lixin Cheng and Lei Liu (2013): Boiling and Two Phase Flow Phenomena of Refrigerant-Based Nanofluids: Fundamentals, Applications and Challenges, Int. J. Refrigeration, Vol. 36, pp. 421-446.

    Lixin Cheng (2012): Critical Heat Flux in Microscale Channels and Confined Spaces: A Review on Experimental Studies and Prediction Methods (invited Paper), Russian Journal of General Chemistry, (in English), Vol. 82, Issue 12, pp. 2116-2131.

    Lixin Cheng and Lei Liu (2011): Analysis and Evaluation of Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Frictional Pressure Drop Prediction Methods for Microscale Channels, Int. J. Microscale Nanoscale Thermal & Fluid Transport Phenomena, Vol. 2, Issue 4 pp. 259-280.

    Lixin Cheng (2011): Critical Heat Flux in Microscale Channels and Confined Spaces: A Review on Experimental Studies and Prediction Methods, (Invited Paper), Russian Chemical Journal-Journal of Mendeleev’s Russian Chemical Society, (In Russian) Issue 2 pp. 85-98.

    Lixin Cheng and Hanfeng Zou (2010): Evaluation of Flow Boiling Heat Transfer Correlations with Experimental Data of R134a, R22, R410A and R245fa in Microscale Channels, Int. J. Microscale Nanoscale Thermal & Fluid Transport Phenomena Vol.1, Issue 4 pp. 363-380.

    Lixin Cheng (2010): Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal and Fluid Transport Phenomena: Rapidly Developing Research Fields, Int. J. Microscale Nanoscale Thermal & Fluid Transport Phenomena, Vol.1, Issue 1, pp. 3-6.

    Lixin Cheng, Gherhardt Ribatski and John R. Thome (2009): Advances in Fundamental and Applied Investigations of Two-Phase Flow Patterns and Flow Pattern Maps, (Invited Paper), Chinese Mechanics Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 1-37.

    Lixin Cheng and John R. Thome (2009): Cooling of Microprocessors Using Flow Boiling of CO2 in a Micro-Evaporator: Preliminary Analysis and Performance Comparison. Appl. Therm. Eng., Vol. 29, pp. 2426-2432.

    Lixin Cheng (2009): Nanofluid Heat Transfer Technologies, Recent Patents on Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-7.

    Jesús Moreno Quibén, Lixin Cheng, Ricardo J. da Silva Lima and John R. Thome (2009): Flow Boiling in Horizontal Flattened Tubes: Part I  Two-Phase Frictional Pressure Drop Results and Model, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 52, pp. 3634-3644.

    Jesús Moreno Quibén, Lixin Cheng, Ricardo J. da Silva Lima and John R. Thome (2009): Flow Boiling in Horizontal Flattened Tubes: Part II  Flow Boiling Heat Transfer Results and Model, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 52, pp. 3645-3653.

    Enio P. Bandarra Filho, Lixin Cheng and John R. Thome, (2009): Flow Boiling Characteristics and Flow Pattern Visualization of Refrigerant/Lubricant Oil Mixtures. Int. J. Refrig., Vol. 32, pp. 185-2002.

    Lixin Cheng, Gherhardt Ribatski and John R. Thome (2008): Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow Patterns and Flow Pattern Maps: Fundamentals and Applications. ASME Appl. Mech. Rev., Vol. 61, 050802,1-28.

    Lixin Cheng, Gherhardt Ribatski and John R. Thome, (2008): Analysis of Supercritical CO2 Cooling in Macro- and Micro Channels, In. J. Refrig., Vol. 31, pp. 1301-1316.

    Lixin Cheng, Enio P. Bandarra Filho and John R. Thome, (2008): Nanofluid Two-Phase Flow and Thermal Physics: A New Research Frontier of Nanotechnology and Its Challenges. J. Nanosci. Nanotech., Vol. 8, 3315-3332.

    John R. Thome, Lixin Cheng, Gherhardt Ribatski and Lui F. Vales (2008): Flow Boiling of Ammonia and Hydrocarbons: A State-of-the-Art Review, Int. J. Refrig., Vol. 31, 603-620.

    Lixin Cheng, Gherhardt Ribatski, Jesus Moreno Quibén and John R. Thome (2008): New Prediction Methods for CO2 Evaporation inside Tubes: Part IA Two-phase Flow Pattern Map and a Flow Pattern Based Phenomenological Model for Two-Phase Flow Frictional Pressure drops, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 51, 111-124.

    Lixin Cheng, Gherhardt Ribatski and John R. Thome (2008): New Prediction Methods for CO2 Evaporation inside Tubes: Part IIAn Updated General Flow Boiling Heat Transfer Model Based on Flow Patterns, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 51, 125-135.

    XIA, Guodong, DU, Mo, CHENG, Lixin and WANG, Wei (2017). Experimental study on the nucleate boiling heat transfer characteristics of a water-based multi-walled carbon nanotubes nanofluid in a confined space. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 113, 59-69.

    XIA, Guodong, CHEN, Zhuo, CHENG, Lixin, MA, Dandan, ZHAI, Yuling and YANG, Yuchen (2017). Micro-PIV visualization and numerical simulation of flow and heat transfer in three micro pin-fin heat sinks. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 119, 9-23.

    CHENG, Lixin and XIA, Guodong (2017). Fundamental issues, mechanisms and models of flow boiling heat transfer in microscale channels. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 108 (Part A), 97-127.

    XIA, Guodong, WANG, Wei, CHENG, Lixin and MA, Dandan (2017). Visualization study on the instabilities of phase-change heat transfer in a flat two-phase closed thermosyphon. Applied Thermal Engineering, 116, 392-405.

    Lixin Cheng, Dieter Mewes and Andrea Luke (2007): Boiling Phenomena with Surfactants and Polymeric Additives: A State-of-the-Art Review, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 50, 2744-2771.

    Lixin Cheng (2007): Modelling of Heat Transfer of Upward Annular Flow in Vertical Tubes, Chem. Eng. Comm., Vol. 194, 975-993.

    Lixin Cheng and Tingkuan Chen (2007): Study of Vapor Liquid Two-phase Frictional Pressure Drop in a Vertical Heated Spirally Internally Ribbed Tube, Chem. Eng. Sci., Vol. 62, 783-792.

    Lixin Cheng, Gherhardt Ribatski, Leszek Wojtan and John R. Thome (2006): New Flow Boiling Heat Transfer Model and Flow Pattern Map for Carbon Dioxide Evaporating inside Horizontal Tubes, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 49, 4082-4094.

    Lixin Cheng and Dieter Mewes, (2006): Review of Two-phase Flow and Flow Boiling of Mixtures in Small and Mini Channels, Int. J. Multiphase Flow, Vol. 32, 183-207.

    Lixin Cheng and Tingkuan Chen (2006): Enhanced Heat Transfer Characteristics of Upward Flow Boiling of Kerosene in a Vertical Spirally Internally Ribbed Tube, Chem. Eng. Tech., Vol 29, Issue 10, 1233-1241.

    Lixin Cheng and Tingkuan Chen (2006): Study of Single Phase Flow Heat Transfer and Friction Pressure Drop in a Spirally Internally Ribbed Tube, Chem. Eng. Tech., Vol 29, Issue 5, 588-595.

    Lixin Cheng and Cees W.M. van der Geld, (2005): Experimental Study of Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop Characteristics of Air/Water and Air-Steam/Water Heat Exchange in a Polymer Compact Heat Exchanger, Heat Transfer Eng., Vol. 26, No. 2, 18-27.

    Lixin Cheng, Cees W.M. van der Geld and Axel S. Lexmond, (2004): Study and Visualization of Droplet Entrainment from a Polymer Compact Heat Exchanger, Int. J. Heat Exchangers, Vol. V, No. 2, 359-378.

    L. Cheng and G. Xia, (2002): Experimental Study of CHF in a Vertical Spirally Internally Ribbed Tube under the Condition of High Pressures, Int. J. Therm. Sci., Vol. 41, 396-400.

    Lixin Cheng and Guodong Xia, (2002): Study of Single-Phase Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop in Plate Heat Exchangers with and without Anti-Fouling Coatings, Int. J. Heat exchangers, Vol. III, No. 1, 33-48.

    Lixin Cheng and Tingkuan Chen, (2001): Flow Boiling Heat Transfer in a Vertical Spirally Internally Ribbed Tube, Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 37, No.1, 229-236.

    Lixin Cheng and Tingkuan Chen, (2001): Study of Flow Boiling Heat Transfer in a Tube with Axial Microgrooves, Experimental Heat Transfer, Vol. 14, No. 1, 59-73.

    Lixin Cheng and Tingkuan Chen, (2000): Comparison of Six Typical Correlations for upward Flow Boiling Heat Transfer with Kerosene in a Vertical Smooth Tube, Heat Transfer Eng., Vol. 21, No. 5, 27-34.

    Cheng Lixin and Yang Jiehui, (1998): A New Treated Surface for Achieving Dropwise Condensation, J. Enhanced Heat Transfer, Vol. 5, No.1, 1-8.

    Yang Jiehui and Cheng Lixin, (1997): Study on Thermo-Conductive Plastic Finned Tube Radiators, J. Therm. Sci., Int. J. Therm. Fluid Sci., Vol. 6, No.1, 21-26.

  • Other activities

    Founder and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal & Fluid Transport Phenomena (2010-2014)

    Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Open Thermodynamics Journal

    Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Petroleum Engineering

    Guest Editor of the Special Issue of Heat Transfer Engineering in 2013

    Member of the Editorial Board (Review editor) of Frontier in Bioenergy and Biofuel

    Member of the Editorial Board of The Scientific World Journal

    Member of the Editorial Board of Engineering Science Letters

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