Xinjun Cui


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After obtaining his BEng (Hons) degree in 1986 and a MSc in 1989, Dr. Xinjun Cui started his career as a lecturer in a China university, focusing on teaching and research in aerodynamics and flight mechanics, and was promoted to associate professor in 1996. He came to the University of Manchester as a visiting scholar in July 1998, then completed an EPSRC PhD in Applied Maths. From 2002 to 2006 he was a Post-Doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester investigating granular flow funded by EPSRC and NERC. In the next two years he moved to the University of Nottingham as a research fellow on a Rolls-Royce project of multiple-phase flow modelling for aero bearing chambers.

In 2008 he became a senior lecturer at the University of Wales Newport, where he led the undergraduate engineering programmes on HNC/D, Foundation Degree, and BEng (Hons) degrees in Mechanical & Manufacturing, Electrical, Electronics & Communications Engineering. He led the IET accreditation for the BEng (Hons) programmes in 2011, and also acted as the Head for Engineering from April 2021.  In September 2012, he joined Sheffield Hallam University as a senior lecturer, and was a course leader for the MEng/BEng Aerospace Engineering programme until August 2021, where he won two Inspirational Teaching Awards and three Faculty Course Awards for the Aerospace Engineering programme.  From September 2021 he became a Research Theme Lead at the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE), focusing on modelling, simulation and experimentation of granular flows in industrial processes.

During his career, Dr. Xinjun Cui has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal papers in the field of aerodynamics, rotating flows, multiple-phase flows, granular flows, industrial and natural hazardous flows, and rigid-body dynamics. His recent year study on granular flows has been particularly well recognised within the community, which may include the discovery of the strong oblique shocks, the formulation of the granular shock theory, and the unified approach for the modelling, simulation and experimentation of granular flows, which have been published in Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids and Journal of Geophysical Research etc. 

Dr. Xinjun Cui is a Royal Society Short Industry Fellow,  and also holds a Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester. He is a co-investigator in a £2.1 million Innovate UK project (2018-2021), “Next generation rice milling”, which won the “C21 2021 Manufacturing Technology Award” from “The Engineer UK”. He has also been involved as a co-investigator in a recent £5 million Research England project, “South Yorkshire Sustainability Centre” (2022-2026). In addition, Dr. Xinjun Cui has constantly been invited as an external examiner or subject adviser by UK or overseas institutions including Coventry University, Kingston University, Wolverhampton University, Weston College, and Emirates Aviation University.   He has been a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, an active reviewer for leading journals such as Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, AIAA J. and over a range of around 20 journals (mostly Q1) in his extended areas.   

PhD and Research Opportunities

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Digital modelling and simulation of industrial particle and powder flow processes

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Numerical simulation of Navier-Stokes equations for confined rotating flows, University of Manchester

14 Nov 199931 Aug 2002

Award Date: 8 Jul 2003

External positions

External Examiner, Kingston University

1 Oct 202030 Sept 2024

External Panel Member, Coventry University

20 Jan 2017 → …

External Subject Adviser, Weston College

30 May 201510 Jul 2017

External Examiner, University of Wolverhampton

1 Oct 201330 Sept 2017


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