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Xiang Yang

Assistant Professor


  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Areas:

Computational and Experimental Fluid Dynamics, Thermal/Fluid Sciences

Interest Areas:

Computational fluid mechanics, reduced-order modeling, LES wall modeling, electro-convection, high speed flows, data-based turbulence modeling, drag reduction




  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Peking University, 2012
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2016


Journal Articles

  • Xiang Yang and MF Howland, 2018, "Implication of Taylor’s hypothesis on measuring flow modulation", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 836, pp. 222--237
  • Xiang Yang, Lozano-Dur\'an and A, 2017, "A multifractal model for the momentum transfer process in wall-bounded flows", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 824
  • Xiang Yang, ST Bose and P Moin, 2017, "A physics-based interpretation of the slip-wall LES model", Annual Research Briefs, pp. 65--74
  • Xiang Yang, J Urzay, S Bose and P Moin, 2017, "Aerodynamic Heating in Wall-Modeled Large-Eddy Simulation of High-Speed Flows", AIAA Journal, pp. 1--12
  • Jasim Sadique, Xiang Yang, Charles Meneveau and Rajat Mittal, 2017, "Aerodynamic properties of rough surfaces with high aspect-ratio roughness elements: effect of aspect ratio and arrangements", Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 163, (2), pp. 203--224
  • Xiang Yang and Rajat Mittal, 2017, "Efficient relaxed-Jacobi smoothers for multigrid on parallel computers", Journal of Computational Physics, 332, pp. 135--142
  • Xiang Yang, George Ilhwan Park and Parviz Moin, 2017, "Log-layer mismatch and modeling of the fluctuating wall stress in wall-modeled large-eddy simulations", Physical Review Fluids, 2, (10), pp. 104601
  • Xiang Yang and C Meneveau, 2017, "Modelling turbulent boundary layer flow over fractal-like multiscale terrain using large-eddy simulations and analytical tools", Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 375, (2091), pp. 20160098
  • Dominik Krug, Xiang Yang, Charitha M De Silva, Ostilla-M\'onico, Rodolfo, Roberto Verzicco, Ivan Marusic and Detlef Lohse, 2017, "Statistics of turbulence in the energy-containing range of Taylor--Couette compared to canonical wall-bounded flows", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 830, pp. 797--819
  • Xiang Yang, R Baidya, P Johnson, I Marusic and C Meneveau, 2017, "Structure function tensor scaling in the logarithmic region derived from the attached eddy model of wall-bounded turbulent flows", Physical Review Fluids, 2, (6), pp. 064602
  • Aaron Towne, Xiang Yang and Parviz Moin, 2017, "Toward models for fluctuating wall quantities in incompressible turbulent flows", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 62
  • J Graham, K Kanov, Xiang Yang, M Lee, N Malaya, CC Lalescu, R Burns, G Eyink, A Szalay, RD Moser and others, 2016, "A Web services accessible database of turbulent channel flow and its use for testing a new integral wall model for LES", Journal of Turbulence, 17, (2), pp. 181--215
  • Xiang Yang, Jasim Sadique, Rajat Mittal and Charles Meneveau, 2016, "Exponential roughness layer and analytical model for turbulent boundary layer flow over rectangular-prism roughness elements", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 789, pp. 127--165
  • Xiang Yang, Charles Meneveau, Ivan Marusic and Luca Biferale, 2016, "Extended self-similarity in moment-generating-functions in wall-bounded turbulence at high Reynolds number", Physical Review Fluids, 1, (4), pp. 044405
  • Xiang Yang, J Urzay and P Moin, 2016, "Heat-transfer rates in equilibrium-wall-modeled LES of supersonic turbulent flows", Annual Research Briefs, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, pp. 3--15
  • Xiang Yang, I Marusic and C Meneveau, 2016, "Hierarchical random additive process and logarithmic scaling of generalized high order, two-point correlations in turbulent boundary layer flow", Physical Review Fluids, 1, (2), pp. 024402
  • Xiang Yang and C Meneveau, 2016, "Large eddy simulations and parameterisation of roughness element orientation and flow direction effects in rough wall boundary layers", Journal of Turbulence, 17, (11), pp. 1072--1085
  • Xiang Yang, Ivan Marusic and Charles Meneveau, 2016, "Moment generating functions and scaling laws in the inertial layer of turbulent wall-bounded flows", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 791
  • Xiang Yang, 2016, "On the mean flow behaviour in the presence of regional-scale surface roughness heterogeneity", Boundary-layer meteorology, 161, (1), pp. 127--143
  • Xiang Yang and Charles Meneveau, 2016, "Recycling inflow method for simulations of spatially evolving turbulent boundary layers over rough surfaces", Journal of Turbulence, 17, (1), pp. 75--93
  • Xiang Yang, J Sadique, R Mittal and C Meneveau, 2015, "Integral wall model for large eddy simulations of wall-bounded turbulent flows", Physics of Fluids, 27, (2), pp. 025112
  • Xiang Yang and Rajat Mittal, 2014, "Acceleration of the Jacobi iterative method by factors exceeding 100 using scheduled relaxation", Journal of Computational Physics, 274, pp. 695--708
  • Xiang Yang and Sanjeeb T Bose, , "A Physical Basis of the Slip-wall Model for Wall-modeled Large-eddy Simulations"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award, American Physical Society, November 2017


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