Dr. Xili Duan is leading a Thermal Fluids and Energy Research Team in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Memorial University. We conduct fundamental research in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, with applications in energy systems. We have particular interests in phase change heat transfer (such as boiling, freezing and melting), multiphase flow (including nanofluids), and thermal hydraulic dynamics at the solid-liquid interface. The applications include thermal (including solar thermal) energy storage, thermal management, flow assurance in subsea pipelines, oil-water-gas separation equipment, as well as asset integrity and safety management in harsh environment.


We always look for motivated students with strong background in thermal fluids to join our team. For Master and PhD studies please check the School of Graduate Studies website for admission requirements and application. Normally we only admit candidates who meet the SGS funding requirements (Level A, GPA > 80%). Preference will be given to students with thermal fluid research experience and previous publication records. Our research requires skills in experimentation, analytical or numerical modeling on heat transfer, multiphase flow, and nanofluids. The tools we use include PIV, infrared thermometry, and CFD tools such as Fluent, COMSOL, and Lattice Boltzmann methods. Interested candidates please send CV in PDF format to Dr. Duan.

NEW Opening: I plan to take one more graduate student, MEng or PhD, to work in the thermal fluids area with a special application on sustainable energy. Interested students please contact me by email.

Recent News

January, 2018, Congratulations to Xin on publishing “Analytical upper limit of drag reduction with polymer additives in turbulent pipe flow” in ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering.

January, 2018, Welcome to new MEng student Mona Amiriafshar to join our group. Mona will investigate coatings on metal surfaces in harsh environments and the related corrosion performance.

January, 2018, Dr. Duan works as Session Organizer for the 3rd Thermal and Fluid Engineering Conference (TFEC) to be held in Fort Lauderdale in March 2018.

December, 2017, We had our Christmas group lunch at Citylight.

November, 2017, Dr. Duan attended the ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Tampa and presented 2 papers from our group.

October, 2017, Dr. Duan presented our liquid repellent research on the 3rd Workshop and Symposium on Safety and Integrity Management of Operations in Harsh Environments (C-RISE3) in St. John’s.

October, 2017, Dr. Duan attended the 1st workshop of “Research and Training Network on Persistent and Emerging Organic Pollution Management in Cold and Coastal Environments (PEOPLE Network), St. John’s, October 2017.

October, 2017, Our group’s research on liquid repellent surface is featured on the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Annual Research Report.

October, 2017, Dr. Duan received NSERC Engage Grant to conduct research on “Thermal Energy Recovery and Storage for Sewage Treatment Plants”.

October, 2017, Congradulations to Xin for pubulishing “Experimental correlation of gas-liquid-solid mass transfer coefficients in a stirred tank using response surface methodology” to Heat and Mass Transfer.

October, 2017, Congradulations to Cong for pubulishing “A new calculation method of dynamic kill fluid density variation during deep water drilling" to Mathematical Problems in Engineering.

October, 2017, Welcome to new visiting student Li, Runfeng to join our group. He will work on composite phase change materials with ceramic porous media.

September, 2017, Dr. Duan attended “Generation Energy” roundtable discussion with Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr to discuss the future of energy in Canada, St. John’s.

September, 2017, Welcome to new visiting student Zhang, Daqian to join our group. He will work on inverse heat transfer analysis with liquid-solid phase change.

September, 2017, Welcome to new Ph.D student Mohamed, Ahmed F.A to join our group. He will work on flow drag reduction with superhydrophobic surface.

June 2017, Parisa and Jaffer’s research papers were presented at the 29th Canadian Materials Science Conference in Ottawa.

May 2017, Xin, Vahit, and Yuntao attended the 26th CANCAM conference in Victoria and each presented a paper.

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