Dr Xiangdong Xue

  • Email: xiangdong.xue@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 191 208 8657
  • Address: NewRail Centre
    School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering
    Newcastle University
    Stephenson Building
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Professional history:

My professional history falls into several stages, as follows. (i) An Associate Professor, the work in China’s Shanghai Tiedao University included taught five courses of mechanical engineering and carried out research in fatigue and fracture, finite element analysis and engineering design. (ii) In Sheffield, as well as a brief period in Derby, the research was concentrated on impact mechanics of rail vehicles, though accident statistics and fatigue were also processed. Some modelling animations in this stage can be referred from the LS-DYNA’s website www.ls-dyna.com (in AviLib No 29~29c, double click on the relevant number-cases 29~29c, to perform the animations). (iii) In University of Greenwich at London, the research covered four areas, biofluidics, random vibration, thermal transfer and nanostructured materials.

Most of the above activities have been related to computational mechanics. Following a variety of experiences in different areas, my research is progressing towards scaled and physical modelling of interdisciplinary and interactive regions using multiscale or micro-macro modelling techniques.


PhD, University of Sheffield, Mechanical Engineering, 2004.
MSc, Xidian University, Computational Mechanics, 1986.
MEng, Xidian University, Mechanics of Manufacturing, 1983.


MIMechE, Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Charted Engineer, registered in Engineering Council UK.


Research in railways

Mechanical analysis, modelling and simulation.

Experiences and interests  

Fluids: Fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics, in particular biofluid mechanics and dynamics.
Solids: Stress analysis, impact mechanics, vibration/dynamics modelling.   
Thermal: Heat transfer and mechanical damage.
Numerical analysis: FE methods, FV method, fluid structure interaction, probability and reliability.
Nanostructures: Structures and mechanics in nanostructured materials.
Design: Statistics and optimization. Design of experiments and response surface based reliability design.

Reviewing papers for journals 

Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
Chemical Engineering Science
Strain Analysis for Engineering Design
IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology
Engineering Simulations
International Journal of Nanomedicine

Proficient software packages 

Ansys APDL, Ansys-CFX, LS-DYNA, Comsol, Flotran, Physica, VisualDoc, AutoCAD, FORTARN

Course taught (in China)

Finite element method
Design optimization
Structural mechanics
Urban rail transport introduction (course text compiling)
Rail vehicle engineering


MSc and BEng students