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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

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Chemical Engineering/Industrial Collaborative Engineering (ICE)

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Lv, Y., Xia, G., Cheng, L., & Ma, D. (2019). Experimental study on the pressure drop oscillation characteristics of the flow boiling instability with FC-72 in parallel rectangle microchannels. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 108. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.icheatmasstransfer.2019.104289

    Xia, G., Lv, Y., Cheng, L., Ma, D., & Jia, Y. (2019). Experimental study and dynamic simulation of the continuous two-phase instable boiling in multiple parallel microchannels. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 138, 961-984. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2019.04.124

    Xia, G., Cai, B., Cheng, L., Wang, Z., & Jia, Y. (2018). Experimental study and modelling of average void fraction of gas-liquid two-phase flow in a helically coiled rectangular channel. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 94, 9-22. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2018.01.027

    Cheng, L., Xia, G., Li, Q., & Thome, J.R. (2018). Fundamental issues, technology development and challenges of boiling heat transfer, critical heat flux and two-phase flow phenomena with nanofluids. Heat Transfer Engineering, 1-36. http://doi.org/10.1080/01457632.2018.1470285

    Xia, G., Cheng, Y., Cheng, L., & Li, Y. (2018). Heat transfer characteristics and flow visualization during flow boiling of acetone in semi-open multi-microchannels. Heat Transfer Engineering, 1-14. http://doi.org/10.1080/01457632.2018.1470296

    Cheng, L., & Ghajar, A.J. (2018). Frontiers and progress in multiphase flow and heat transfer. Heat Transfer Engineering, 1-2. http://doi.org/10.1080/01457632.2018.1470283

    Xia, G., Du, M., Cheng, L., & Wang, W. (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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2017.05.021

    Xia, G., Chen, Z., Cheng, L., Ma, D., Zhai, Y., & Yang, Y. (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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijthermalsci.2017.05.015

    Cheng, L., & Xia, G. (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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2016.12.003

    Xia, G., Wang, W., Cheng, L., & Ma, D. (2017). Visualization study on the instabilities of phase-change heat transfer in a flat two-phase closed thermosyphon. Applied Thermal Engineering, 116, 392-405. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2017.01.096

    Cheng, L., & Ghajar, A.J. (2013). In celebration of professor john richard thome on his 60th birthday. Heat Transfer Engineering, 34 (13), 1013-1015. http://doi.org/10.1080/01457632.2013.763539

    Liu, L., & Cheng, L. (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, 34 (13), 1099-1111. http://doi.org/10.1080/01457632.2013.763549

    Cheng, L. (2013). Fundamental issues of critical heat flux phenomena during flow boiling in microscale-channels and nucleate pool boiling in confined spaces. Heat Transfer Engineering, 34 (13), 1016-1043. http://doi.org/10.1080/01457632.2013.763538

    Zhang, X., Liu, L., Cheng, L., Guo, Q., & Zhang, N. (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 circular tube. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 58 (1-2), 427-440. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2012.11.059

    Cheng, L. (2012). Critical heat flux in microscale channels and confined spaces: A review on experimental studies and prediction methods. Russian Journal of General Chemistry, 82 (12), 2116-2131. http://doi.org/10.1134/S1070363212120328

    Cheng, L., Ribatski, G., Quibén, J.M., & Thome, J.R. (2012). Erratum: New prediction methods for CO 2 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 (International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (2008) 51:1 (111-124)). International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 55 (19-20), 5378. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2012.05.044

    Cheng, L. (2012). Preface. Frontier Research in Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal and Fluid Sciences.

    Cheng, L., & Thome, J.R. (2009). Cooling of microprocessors using flow boiling of CO2 in a micro-evaporator: Preliminary analysis and performance comparison. Applied Thermal Engineering, 29 (11-12), 2426-2432. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2008.12.019

    Quibén, J.M., Cheng, L., da Silva Lima, R.J., & Thome, J.R. (2009). Flow boiling in horizontal flattened tubes: Part II - Flow boiling heat transfer results and model. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 52 (15-16), 3645-3653. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2008.12.033

    Quibén, J.M., Cheng, L., da Silva Lima, R.J., & Thome, J.R. (2009). Flow boiling in horizontal flattened tubes: Part I - Two-phase frictional pressure drop results and model. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 52 (15-16), 3634-3644. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2008.12.032

    Bandarra Filho, E.P., Cheng, L., & Thome, J.R. (2009). Flow boiling characteristics and flow pattern visualization of refrigerant/lubricant oil mixtures. International Journal of Refrigeration, 32 (2), 185-202. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2008.06.013

    Cheng, L. (2009). Nanofluid heat transfer technologies. Recent Patents on Engineering, 3 (1), 1-7. http://doi.org/10.2174/187221209787259875

    Cheng, L., Ribatski, G., & Thome, J.R. (2008). Analysis of supercritical CO2 cooling in macro- and micro-channels. International Journal of Refrigeration, 31 (8), 1301-1316. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2008.01.010

    Cheng, L., Bandarra Filho, E.P., & Thome, J.R. (2008). Nanofluid two-phase flow and thermal physics: A new research frontier of nanotechnology and its challenges. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 8 (7), 3315-3332. http://doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2008.413

    Thome, J.R., Cheng, L., Ribatski, G., & Vales, L.F. (2008). Flow boiling of ammonia and hydrocarbons: A state-of-the-art review. International Journal of Refrigeration, 31 (4), 603-620. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2007.11.010

    Cheng, L., Ribatski, G., & Thome, J.R. (2008). New prediction methods for CO2 evaporation inside tubes: Part II-An updated general flow boiling heat transfer model based on flow patterns. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 51 (1-2), 125-135. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2007.04.001

    Cheng, L., Ribatski, G., Moreno Quibén, J., & Thome, J.R. (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. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 51 (1-2), 111-124. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2007.04.002

    Cheng, L., Ribatski, G., & Thome, J.R. (2008). Two-phase flow patterns and flow-pattern maps: Fundamentals and applications. Applied Mechanics Reviews, 61 (1-6), 0508021-05080228. http://doi.org/10.1115/1.2955990

    Cheng, L. (2007). Modeling of heat transfer of upward annular flow in vertical tubes. Chemical Engineering Communications, 194 (7), 975-993. http://doi.org/10.1080/00986440701232478

    Cheng, L., Mewes, D., & Luke, A. (2007). Boiling phenomena with surfactants and polymeric additives: A state-of-the-art review. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 50 (13-14), 2744-2771. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2006.11.016

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (2007). Study of vapor liquid two-phase frictional pressure drop in a vertical heated spirally internally ribbed tube. Chemical Engineering Science, 62 (3), 783-792. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2006.10.016

    Cheng, L., Ribatski, G., Wojtan, L., & Thome, J.R. (2007). Erratum to: "New flow boiling heat transfer model and flow pattern map for carbon dioxide evaporating inside horizontal tubes" [Heat Mass Transfer 49 (21-22) (2006) 4082-4094] (DOI:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2006.04.003). International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 50 (1-2), 391. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2006.07.033

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (2006). Enhanced heat transfer characteristics of upward flow boiling of kerosene in a vertical spirally internally ribbed tube. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 29 (10), 1233-1241. http://doi.org/10.1002/ceat.200600121

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (2006). Study of single phase flow heat transfer and friction pressure drop in a spiral internally ribbed tube. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 29 (5), 588-595. http://doi.org/10.1002/ceat.200600014

    Cheng, L., & Shi, F. (2006). Research on synthesis algorithm of delay statements in VHDL. Jisuanji Gongcheng/Computer Engineering, 32 (4).

    Cheng, L., Ribatski, G., Wojtan, L., & Thome, J.R. (2006). New flow boiling heat transfer model and flow pattern map for carbon dioxide evaporating inside horizontal tubes. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 49 (21-22), 4082-4094. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2006.04.003

    Cheng, L., & Mewes, D. (2006). Review of two-phase flow and flow boiling of mixtures in small and mini channels. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 32 (2), 183-207. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2005.10.001

    Cheng, L.X., Shi, F., & Zhang, X.N. (2005). Study on the design methodology and test scheme of VHDL compiler MTC. Beijing Ligong Daxue Xuebao/Transaction of Beijing Institute of Technology, 25 (12), 1043-1046.

    Cheng, L.X., Shi, F., & Kamran, M. (2005). Functional unit allocation algorithm by importing mutex relationship. Beijing Ligong Daxue Xuebao/Transaction of Beijing Institute of Technology, 25 (10), 885-889.

    Cheng, L.X., & Shi, F. (2005). Study on scheduling algorithms constrained by behavioral delay. Beijing Ligong Daxue Xuebao/Transaction of Beijing Institute of Technology, 25 (8), 692-696.

    Cheng, L., & Van Der Geld, C.W.M. (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 Engineering, 26 (2), 18-27. http://doi.org/10.1080/01457630590897033

    Cheng, L.X., & Shi, F. (2005). Study on the synthesis algorithm supporting AFTER clauses. Beijing Ligong Daxue Xuebao/Transaction of Beijing Institute of Technology, 25 (2), 116-120.

    Cheng, L., Van Der Geld, C.W.M., & Lexmond, A.S. (2004). Study and visualization of droplet entrainment from a polymer plate heat exchanger. International Journal of Heat Exchangers, 5 (2), 359-378.

    Cheng, L., & Xia, G. (2002). Experimental study of CHF in a vertical spirally internally ribbed tube under the condition of high pressures. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 41 (4), 396-400. http://doi.org/10.1016/S1290-0729(02)01330-3

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (2001). Flow boiling heat transfer in a vertical spirally internally ribbed tube. Heat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung, 37 (2-3), 229-236. http://doi.org/10.1007/PL00013294

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (2001). Study of flow boiling heat transfer in a tube with axial microgrooves. Experimental Heat Transfer, 14 (1), 59-73. http://doi.org/10.1080/089161501461648

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (2000). Prediction model of annular flow heat transfer coefficient when consider liquid drop entrainment. Kung Cheng Je Wu Li Hsueh Pao/Journal of Engineering Thermophysics, 21 (3).

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (2000). Characteristics of enhancement of flow boiling heat transfer with kerosene inside internally ribbed tube. Huagong Xuebao/Journal of Chemical Industry and Engineering (China), 51 (1), 52-56.

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (2000). Comparison of six typical correlations for upward flow boiling heat transfer with kerosene in a vertical smooth tube. Heat Transfer Engineering, 21 (5), 27-34. http://doi.org/10.1080/01457630050127928

    Cheng, L., Chen, T., & Luo, Y. (1997). Flow boiling heat transfer of kerosene inside ribbed tube. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD, 351, 235-239.

    Yang, J., & Cheng, L. (1997). Study on thermo-conductive plastic finned tube radiators. Journal of Thermal Science, 6 (1), 21-26. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11630-997-0012-7

    Yang, J., & Cheng, L. (1996). Study on dropwise condensation heat transfer on composite electroplating surface. Huaxue Gongcheng/Chemical Engineering, 24 (4), 38-41.

    Conference papers

    Cheng, L., & Liu, L. (2013). Boiling and two-phase flow phenomena of refrigerant-based nanofluids: Fundamentals, applications and challenges. International Journal of Refrigeration, 36 (2), 421-446. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2012.11.010

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (1999). Augmented performance of flow boiling heat transfer in a tube with axial micro-grooves and its augmentation mechanisms. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD, 364-2, 335-342.

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (1999). Performance of single-phase turbulent flow heat transfer and frictional pressure drop in an internally ribbed tube. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Engineering Thermophysics (ICET '99), 469-476.

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (1998). Heat transfer and flow friction characteristics of a compact plate-type condenser. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD, 361-3, 489-496.

    Cheng, L., & Chen, T. (1998). Evaluation of several typical correlations for upward flow boiling heat transfer of kerosene in smooth tube. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD, 361-1, 149-155.

    Cheng, L., Chen, T., Luo, Y., & Wo, K. (1997). Study of upward flow boiling heat transfer in vertical tubes. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Multiphase Flow, ISMF, 63-67.

    Book chapters

    Cheng, L., Xia, G., & Thome, J.R. (2018). Boiling Heat Transfer and Critical Heat Flux Phenomena with Nanofluids: Fundamentals, Mechanisms and Challenges. In Thome, J.R. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Two-Phase Heat Transfer and Flow IV : Modeling Methodologies, Boiling of CO₂, and Micro-Two-Phase Cooling. (pp. 167-235). World Scientific: http://doi.org/10.1142/9789813234420_0005

    Cheng, L. (2016). Flow boiling heat transfer and critical heat flux phenomena of nanofluids in microscale channels. In Development of Research in Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal and Fluid Sciences. (pp. 175-190).

    Cheng, L. (2016). Evaluation of correlations for supercritical CO2 cooling convective heat transfer and pressure drop in macro- and micro-scale tubes. In Development of Research in Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal and Fluid Sciences. (pp. 93-106).

    Liu, L., & Cheng, L. (2016). 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. In Development of Research in Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal and Fluid Sciences. (pp. 209-232).

    Cheng, L. (2016). Flow Boiling Heat Transfer with Models in Microchannels. In Microchannel Phase Change Transport Phenomena. (pp. 141-191). http://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-804318-9.00004-2

    Cheng, L. (2016). Flow Patterns and Bubble Growth in Microchannels. In Microchannel Phase Change Transport Phenomena. (pp. 91-140). http://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-804318-9.00003-0

    Cheng, L. (2015). Nanofluid two-phase flow and heat transfer. In Heat Transfer Enhancement with Nanofluids. (pp. 365-390). http://doi.org/10.1201/b18324

    Cheng, L. (2014). Boiling heat transfer and critical heat flux phenomena of nanofluids. In Nanoscale Flow: Advances, Modeling, and Applications. (pp. 1-30).

    Cheng, L. (2013). Microscale and nanoscale thermal and fluid transport phenomena: Rapidly developing research fields. In Fluid Transport: Theory, Dynamics and Applications. (pp. 237-240).

    Cheng, L., & Zou, H. (2012). Evaluation of flow boiling heat transfer correlations with experimental data of R134a, R22, R410a and R245fa in microscale channels. In Frontier Research in Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal and Fluid Sciences. (pp. 363-380).

    Cheng, L. (2012). Microscale and nanoscale thermal and fluid transport phenomena: Rapidly developing research fields. In Frontier Research in Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal and Fluid Sciences. (pp. 1-3).

    Cheng, L., Liu, L., & Mewes, D. (2012). Drag reduction with surfactants and polymeric additives in multiphase flow. In Advances in Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer. (pp. 149-174). http://doi.org/10.2174/978160805229511204010149

    Cheng, L. (2011). Microscale and nanoscale thermal and fluid transport phenomena: Rapidly developing research fields. In Fluid Transport: Theory, Dynamics and Applications. (pp. 237-240).

    Cheng, L. (2009). Single-phase incompressible fluid flow in mini- and micro-channels. In Fluid Mechanics and Pipe Flow: Turbulence, Simulation and Dynamics. (pp. 343-363).

    Cheng, L., & Thome, J.R. (2009). Two phase flow and heat transfer of sub- and super-critical CO2 in macro- and micro-channels. In Multiphase Flow Research. (pp. 543-620).

    Books

    Cheng, L. (2016). Development of research in microscale and nanoscale thermal and fluid sciences.

    Cheng, L. (2016). Preface.

    Cheng, L. (2016). Preface.

    Cheng, L. (2015). Preface.

    Cheng, L. (2015). Progress in Microscale and Nanoscale Thermal and Fluid Sciences.

    Cheng, L. (2012). Frontier research in microscale and nanoscale thermal and fluid sciences.

    Cheng, L. (2012). Preface.

    Cheng, L., & Mewes, D. (2009). Preface.

  • 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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