School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Yaodong Wang

Senior Lecturer


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PhD in Mechanical Engineering

MSc in Mechanical Engineering

Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

BSc (First Class) in Mechanical Engineering 


Chartered Engineer (CEng), Member of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)

Elective Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (2002 - 2004) 


Recipient of the Environmental Initiative Awards 2015, Newcastle University, April 2015

Guest Professor, Guizhou University (2014 - 2017 ) 

Guest Professor, Guangxi University of Science and Technology (2012 - ) 

Guest Professor, Guangxi University (2006 – 2010; 2012 - )  

Guest Professor, Jishou University of Hunan (2012 – 2015  ) 



Postgraduate Teaching

1. SPG8001 Renewable Energy: Resources   (Module Leader, 10 Credits)

2. MAR8101 Advanced Marine Engineering Design ( 10 Credits)

3. SPG8029 Energy Storage  ( 10 Credits)


4. MEC8095 Mechanical and Systems Engineering Project (60 Credits)

       Projects supervised: 

  • Combined Heat and Power System for King’s Gate building – Design and Simulation
  • Earth to Air Heat Exchanger System for King’s Gate Building at Newcastle University

5. MAR8098 : Marine MSc Dissertation (80 Credits)

       Projects supervised: 

  • Ship Energy Performance, Simulation, and Optimization
  • Ultra slow and Low emission ships 

6. SPG8095 Renewable Energy: Masters Projects' supervision (60 Credits)

Projects supervised/supervising

    Renewable/Sustainable energy system design and evaluation

  • A Feasibility Study of a Distributed Sustainable and Renewable Electricity System in Germany
  • A sustainable low impact solution design of a combined heat and power (CHP) system for a small structure (house, shed) in a woodland
  • A micro combined heat and power (CHP) using biomass gasification/gas turbine for a non-grid settlement in north-east England
  • Design of a Biogas Cogeneration System for a house in the woodland
  • A distributed hybrid generation system of Solar Panels and Wind Turbines for the household in the UK
  • Biowaste from palm industry for energy


  • Study of a hybrid wind turbine and solar PV power system for remote telecommunication facility application
  • Study of a Hybrid Wind-Diesel Electricity Power Plant for an Island Application - Case Study : Nangalili West Flores
  • Analysis of current power generation system and proposal for novel optimised renewable energy generation system on the Isle of Eigg
  • Investigating the integration of micro-generation sources into a MicroGrid system for remote area application
  • Study of Hybrid Energy System in Redang Island 
  • Study of a renewable hybrid system for household energy supply
  • Study of a combined system of Trigeneration with desalination

Experimental study on renewable fuels for engine generator, cogeneration/trigeneration to reduce emissions

  • Studies on Usage of Straight Vegetable oils as fuel for diesel engines
  • Experimental study of Trigeneration using sunflower oil
  • Experimental study of Trigeneration using rapeseed oil
  • Experimental Study on the Performance and Emission Characteristics of Diesel Engine Based Small Scale CHP system running on Jatropha Oil and diesel *
  • Studies on Cogeneration system using waste vegetable oil for diesel engines *
  • Experimental Study on the Performance and Emission Characteristics of a Diesel Engine Based Small-Scale CHP system running on Sunflower Oil and diesel *
  • Experimental Study on the Performance and Emission Characteristics of a Diesel Engine Based Small-Scale CHP system running on waste cooking oil and diesel *

* These 4 Reflex MSc students’ projects were parts of the Newcastle City and North East waste oil CHP project with CoRE (a social enterprise in the North East) in Alnwick, Northumberland, which was visited by the Energy and Climate Change minister, Joan Ruddock MP, in the summer of 2009. This project was awarded a £20,000 grant under the Big Green Challenge.

Waste to energy

  • An Experimental Study for the Application of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to Cement Industry
  • A study of the utilisation of the bio-wastes to generate biogas to meet the energy demand in the production process of potato crisps
  • A study of biogas production from the local bio-wastes and its application to  a combined heat and power system

 Hydrogen generation and application

  • Hydrogen Production Using Excess Power from Temburong Hydroelectric Power Station
  • An computational study of the use of hydrogen as the fuel to a diesel engine based CHP & Trigeneration

Biomass / solar energy

  • A study of biogas production and its application to energy systems
  • Design and evaluation of a solar organic Rankine Cycle power plant in Lembata Island
  • Biomass gasification integrated with a household trigeneration

Modelling of energy system and power generation

  • Study of the Performance and Efficiency of a Trigeneration Based on a Diesel Generator Using Thermodynamic Modelling
  • Study of the performance and efficiency of a CHP system based on bio-fuel using thermodynamic modelling
  • A study of waste heat from thermal power plant fuelled with fossil fuel oil and renewable nyamplung oil (Calophyllum Inophyllum L) to drive absorption chillers for cooling in East Kalimantan
  • Modelling and assessment of electrical energy storage system and the integration with fuel cell system
  • Modelling and Assessment of the Application of a Biofuel Trigeneration System to a Three-bedroom House in the UK

Industrial – energy related projects

  • NaREC - Wind turbine drive-train test stand heat recovery system design
  • Investigation of household electricity consumption in the UK
  • Application Study of a Tri-generation System in a Restaurant Fuelled with Waste Cooking Oil and bio-diesel converted from waste Cooling Oil
  • Design and analysis of an anaerobic digester to feed a biogs fuelled boiler for a medium sized industrial enterprise
  • Energy usage investigation and evaluation of a Brewery
  • Design & Analysis of a Biogas Fuelled Trigeneration System for a Brewery
  • Integrated study of energy consumption and optimisation in a brewery
  • Energy Reduction & Renewable Opportunities for the Newcastle University Kings Gate Building
  • Experimental study of an energy storage system for bio-oil trigeneration
  • An application study of CHP/trigeneration in a food process industry


Research Interests / Experience

1. Distributed renewable energy systems

2. Combined heat and power(CHP)

3. Cogeneration of power and cooling driven by low grade heat

4. Trigeneration (Combined cooling, heating and power)

5. Low grade heat driven absorption refrigeration

6. Coal/Biomass power plant simulation and evaluation

7. Biomass/bio-wastes to energy through gasification or anaerobic digestion

8. Biogas energy system

9. Vegetable oil application to diesel engines and CHP

10. Ethanol/methanol application to petrol engines

11. Ethanol application to diesel engine

12. Miller cycle application to reduce NOx emissions from petrol engines

13. Miller cycle application to reduce NOx emissions from diesel engines

14. Flameless oxidation to reduce NOx emissions from power plant/gas turbine

Funded research projects:

Project No.     Project Title   Role   Funder  Work Start Work End       Outcomes (Publications)

1. Industrial Demand Reduction through Innovative Storage Technologies (IDRIST), Co- Investigator (Co-I), EPSRC, 11/2014 - 10/2016  

2. LH Cogen: Low grade heat driven adsorption-linear-expander cycle for cogeneration of power and refrigeration, Principal Investigator (PI), EPSRC, 12/2011 - 02/2014; published 2 journal papers; 2 conference papers

3. TEFLES: Technologies and scenarios for low emissions shipping, Co-I, Commission of the European Communities (EU); 02/2011 - 01/2014 

4. ULYSSES Ultra Slow SHips, Co-I, EU, 01/2011 - 12/2013; published 1 conference paper 

5. Building Global Engagements in Research - GLOBAL - Sustainable Energy through China-UK Research Engagement (SECURE), Co-I, EPSRC, 04/2012 - 03/2013; published 3 journal papers; 1 conference paper

6. Biofuel Micro-trigeneration with Cryogenic Energy (BMT-CES), Co-I, EPSRC, 11/2008 - 4/2012 ; published 10 journal papers; 3 conference papers

7. Project 02+ - Research into Oxygen Enrichment Systems for Micro-CHP Boiler Units, Co-I, EU/ERDF, 10/2010 - 03/2011; completed and report sent to the company

8. Thermal Management of Industrial Processes, Co-I, EPSRC, 11/2009 - 01/2012; published 3 journal papers; 3 conference papers

9. ResorCycle, Co-I, EU, 12/2010 - 12/2011; published 1 journal paper; 2 conference papers


PhD Supervision



  • Integration and Optimisation of Bio-fuel Micro-Tri-Generation with Energy Storage

  • An investigation into the energy and control implications of adaptive comfort in a modern office building

  • Dynamic Energy Demand Prediction and Related Control System for UK Households



  • Using natural gas to meet latent energy demand in Nigeria and deliver economic advantage

  • Methods to move to Zero Energy Commercial Building (ZECB) for the future

  • Utilisation of heat and organic wastes for energy recovery in the food and drink industry

  • Application of the Thermoelectric Heat Exchange Module Combined with Renewable Energy for UK Domestic Heating


  • Sustainable buildings and sustainable energy system for buildings

  • Control and optimisation of a micro biofuel generation/ trigeneration with energy storage

  • Identification and reduction of environmental impacts of algae biofuel production


  • An Assessment of Hot Air Circulation Tray Dryer Powered with Anaerobic Digestion Biogas to Address Energy Poverty of Nigerian Rural Communities

  • Life Cycle Assessment: Sustainability of Electricity Production in the UK

  • Design and optimisation of a linear generator driven by a free piston engine

  • Supercritical injection of dual fuels for diesel engines

  • Design and optimization of a micro hydro turbine system with solar thermal water pumped storage and PV- battery storage for off-grid rural areas

  • Application and Optimisation of Solar Photovoltaic Thermal Energy with Different Storage Systems

  • Enhancement of Low Grade Heat driven adsorption cooling and power by nano materials

  • Thermochemical sorption tri-generation system for energy storage and energy demand reduction

MPhil (Master of Philosophy) Supervision


  • Numerical Simulation of an Organic Rankine Cycle Using Scroll Expander in Geothermal Energy Applications
  • Combined Solar Power and Cooling System Using an Organic Rankine Cycle
  • Study of a micro smart grid to meet the dynamic demand of a household using renewable energy sources
  • Investigating and optimizing the adsorbent pairs utilized in thermochemical resorption cycle
  • Sustainable industry: utilisation of organic wastes from production process for energy supply
  • Miller Cycle application to diesel and free piston engines
  • Sustainable Building: Household Energy Demand Management using Retrofitting and Passive Energy Saving Methods
  • Development and optimization of an organic Rankine cycle system driven by waste heat from diesel engines


Esteem Indicators

  • Guest Editor of the Special Issue of Applied Energy; Sus-TEM Conference, 11/2010, Newcastle. 
  • Invited chairs for International Conference of Applied Energy (ICAE) 2012, Suzhou of China); ICAE2013, Pretoria of South Africa; ICAE2014, Taipei of China. 
  • Invited proposal Reviewers for EPSRC/USA/EU 
  • External/Internal Examiners for PhDs/MPhils 
  • Invited as the reviewers to review papers/articles for a number of international journals including:

             Fuel Processing Technology 
             Applied Energy 
             Applied Thermal Engineering
             International Journal of Thermal Sciences 
             Energy & Fuels 
             International Journal of Energy Research
             Energy Conversion and Management 
             Chemical Engineering Research and Design 
             International Journal of Ambient Energy 
             International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 
             Bioresource Technology


Previous research projects 

1. New Burner Technologies for power generation for Biofuels (EU research project, project Research Associate, 2005 – 2006).
2. SUPERGEN Biomass, Biofuels and Energy Crops Consortium (EPSRC funded, project Research Associate, 2005 – 2006 )
3. Innovative In Situ CO2 Capture Technology for Solid Fuel Gasification (EU research project, project Research Associate, 2004 – 2005).
4. Upgrading of High Moisture Low Rank Coal to Hydrogen and Methane (EU research project, project Research Associate, 2004 – 2005).
5. Theoretical and experimental investigation of a small Tri-generation (Combined Heat, Power and refrigeration), (university funded project, PhD researcher, 2000 – 2004).
6. Experimental Investigation of the performance of a small CHP (diesel gen-set) using vegetable oil as the alternative fuel (university funded project, Visiting researcher, 1999-2000).
7. Experimental Investigation of using Miller Cycle to reduce NOx emission from petrol engine (university funded project, Visiting researcher, 1999-2000).
8. Experimental Investigation of using Miller Cycle to reduce NOx emission from diesel engine (university funded project, Visiting researcher, 1999-2000).