School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Wenxian Yang

Senior Lecturer in Offshore Renewable Energy


CALL For Papers

Special Issue of Applied Sciences - Wind Power Technologies (Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020)


With expertise in marine and offshore renewable energy, Dr Yang has been consistently striving to lower the Cost of Energy of offshore renewable power by developing various approaches using the knowledge in multiple disciplines, e.g. increasing availability and reducing operation and maintenance cost of offshore wind turbines by developing advanced condition monitoring techniques; assuring the safety of the fixed foundation of offshore wind turbines by designing and developing countermeasure devices against scour caused by tidal current; improving the power generation efficiency of wind and tidal turbine by developing biomimetic airfoil/hydrofoil technologies; increasing the economic return of offshore floating wind turbines by developing motion-stable floating platform technologies. Recently, in order to meet the urgent requirement by the rapidly growing offshore wind market, Dr Yang’s research interest is also extended to addressing the challenging issues existing in the design and application of offshore wind farm support vessels. For example, in view of the unsatisfactory seakeeping performance of offshore wind farm crew transfer vessel, he has developed a new cost-effective technique dedicatedly for stabilizing wind farm crew transfer vessels; to enable quickly access to those offshore wind turbines located at far offshore distance whilst costing less fuel and achieving better seakeeping performance, he developed a number of innovative ship design techniques and successfully supervised 6 postgraduate research theses to address the issue. In 2017, his research on the ageing issues of wind turbine components and assemblies was identified by Renewable Energy Global Innovation as a key contribution to the excellence in renewable and clean energy research. Besides these, Dr Yang endeavours to develop research in the cutting edge area of renewable energy also through collaborating with the scientists and experts working in different fields. For example, he worked together with the material and chemical engineering scientists of the universities of Newcastle, Durham and Northumbria and successfully established the ‘Northeast Centre for Energy Materials’ funded by EPSRC in 2017. Dr Yang’s successful research has also attracted great interest from industrial partners. For example, Dr Yang was funded by Innovate UK to lead a 3-year Knowledge Transfer project (2014-2017) in order to help Offshore Renewable Energy CATAPULT Centre (ORE-CATAPULT) to improve the safe operation of their offshore wind turbines. In the meantime, Dr Yang is also active in other academic activities. Currently, he is the editorial board member of the following eight refereed international journals.    

Google Scholar ProfileDr Wenxian Yang 

ORCID Profile0000-0002-1122-2990

Scopus Profile55501062800

Esteem Indicators

(1) Editorial Board  
  1. Associate Editor: IET Renewable Power Generation
  2. Editorial Board member: Journal of Power and Energy Engineering
  3. Editorial Board member:The Scientific World Journal
  4. Editorial Board member: International Journal of Renewable Energy and Engineering
  5. Editorial Board member: Global Journal of Engineering & Technology Review
  6. Editorial Board member: Journal of Current Alternative Energy
  7. Editorial Board member: Journal of Environmental Research
  8. Review Editor: Frontier in Mechanical Engineering, Computer-Aided and Digital Manufacturing Technologies
  9. Guest Editor of Special Issue on Wind turbine condition monitoring, IET Renewable Power Generation (SCI Impact Factor: 3.605)
  10. Guest Editor of Special Issue on Wind Power Technologies, Applied Sciences (SCI Impact Factor: 2.217)
(2) External Examiner of PhD Thesis  
  1. The University of Edinburgh, UK - 2019
  2. Anna University - Chennai, India - 2014, 2016, 2019 
  3. University of Huddersfield, UK - 2019
  4. University of Strathclyde, UK - 2016, 2018
  5. Warwick University, UK - 2017
  6. University of Sheffield, UK - 2017
(3) National and International Funding Evaluator
  1. EPSRC, UK
  2. Portugal FCT funding Scheme, Portugal
  3. China National Natural Science Foundation, China
  4. Flander Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Belgium
  5. Research Grant Council, Hong Kong, China
(4) Conference Organizer and Invited speaker
  1. Invited speaker, The 4th International Conference on Offshore Renewable Energy (CORE 2019), August 29-30, Glasgow, UK, 2019.
  2. Keynotes speaker, 5th Annual Congress on Climate Change, August 24-25, Birmingham, UK, 2017 
  3. Keynotes speaker, the 7th Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC2015), April 12-14, Beijing, China, 2015
  4. Invited speaker, The Institute for Sustainability Annual Conference, Newcastle, UK, November 2015 
  5. Organising Committee member, The Global Congress on Oil, Gas and Petrochemistry (GCOGPP-2020), Madrid, Spain, June 22-23, 2020 
  6. Technical Committee member, 2019 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Renewable Energy and Power Engineering, Toronto, Canada, November 2-4, 2019
  7. Conference Committee member, The 4th International Conference on Offshore Renewable Energy (CORE 2019), August 29-30, Glasgow, UK, 2019
  8. Organizing Committee member, World Congress on Mechanical, Metallurgy and Material Science, March 28-29, Milan, Italy, 2019
  9. International Committee member, The 3rd International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Energy Engineering, September 19-21, Yinchuan, China, 2019
  10. International Technical Committee member, The 5th International Conference on Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (ICMAE2019), Dec 12-15, Sanya, China, 2019.
  11. Technical Committee member, 2018 International Conference on Power, Energy and Electrical Engineering (CPEEE 2018), March 30 - April 1, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 
  12. Technical Programme Committee, the 7th International Conference on Renewable Power Generation, 26-27 September, Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018
  13. Technical Advisory Panel, Offshore Renewable Energy CORE 2018, Sept 10-12, Glasgow, UK, 2018 
  14. Technical Program Committee, The 10th Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC 2018), April 20 to 22, Guilin, China, 2018
  15. Technical Committee member, International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Power Engineering (MEPE2018), December 21-23, Beijing, China, 2018.
  16. Technical Committee member, The 6th International Conference on Geological and Environmental Science (ICGES2017), August 20-22, Kitakyushu, Japan, 2017
  17. Technical Committee member, 2017 International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Energy Engineering (EI2E 2017), Oct 19-22, Shanghai, China,  2017
  18. Technical Committee member, The 9th Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC 2017), April 15-17, Chengdu, China, 2017 
  19. Board member of the 3rd International Symposium on Ocean Science and Technology, Nov 28, 2017, Qingdao, China
  20. Board member of the 2nd International Symposium of Ocean Science and Technology, Oct 10, 2016, Weihai, China 
  21. Technical Advisory Panel, The 2nd International Conference on Offshore Renewable Energy, September 12-14, Glasgow, UK, 2016
  22. Technical Committee member, The 5th International Conference on Power Science and Engineering (ICPSE'2016), Dec 14-17, Venice, Italy, 2016.
  23. Program Committee member, The 11th International Conference on Reliability, Maintainability and Safety, Oct 26-28, Hangzhou, China, 2016
  24. Technical Committee member, 2016 Prognostics and System Health Management Conference (PHM 2016), Oct 19-21, Chengdu, China, 2016
  25. Committee member of the 7th Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC2015), April 12-14, Beijing, China, 2015 
(5) Journal Reviewer
  1. Renewable Energy
  2. Wind Energy
  3. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews
  4. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
  5. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Applications
  6. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
  7. IET Renewable Power Generation
  8. European Transactions on Electrical Power
  9. ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering
  10. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing
  11. Journal of Sound and Vibration
  12. Energies
  13. Journal of Natural Energies
  14. The Scientific World Journal
  15. Journal of Power and Energy Engineering
  16. International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems
  17. Journal of Vibration Engineering & Technologies


  1. CEng, 2010
  2. PhD, 1999
  3. MEng, 1995
  4. BEng, 1992
  5. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Recognition Reference Number PR138200), 2017
  6. Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Recognition Reference Number PR087959), 2015 


  1. IET
  2. IEEE
  3. IEEE Reliability Society

Student and Post Doctoral Fellow Recruitment

Dr Yang is keen to recruit talented PhD students with an education background in maths, mechanical/electrical engineering, marine and offshore engineering, non-destructive testing & evaluation, signal processing, image processing, facility operation and maintenance, reliability design, and condition monitoring. If you are interested in any of these areas and would like to apply for PhD study at Newcastle University, you are welcome to contact Dr Yang for further discussion. But if you have a PhD in these areas and are interested in joining my research group, I am happy to discuss and assist with the applications for post doctoral fellowships of EPSRC, Royal Society and Newton International.


Funding Since 2013

1. Royal Academy of Engineering, Newton Research Collaboration programme (2015.1 - 2015 .12): "Research on an efficient and reliable biomimetic blade dedicated for tidal turbines" - PI 
2. Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer project (2014.3-2017.3): "Condition monitoring techniques dedicated for wind turbine drive-train and DC-link capacitor"  - PI
3. Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult project (2014.10 - 2015.10): "Research on innovative signal processing techniques dedicated to wind turbine condition monitoring"  - PI
4. Institute for Sustainability Responsive Mode Directed Call project (2015.2 - 2016.4): "Concept design of a motion-stable foundation dedicated for offshore wind turbines"  - PI
5. International Collaboration Project with Shanghai Jiaotong University (2015.1 - 2016.12): "Research on a few key techniques in wind turbine condition monitoring"  - PI
6. Croatian Science Foundation (2017.7-2020.6): "Wind and sea loads on energy structures" - PI
7. Daphne Jackson Fellowship project (2014.6-2016.6): "Minimising risks to offshore wind turbines using multi-body theoretical research"  - PI
8. Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) for MSA R&D Programme (2016.2-2019.2): "Intelligent software tool for independent airborne and structure-borne noise modelling and prediction in crew accommodation quarter" - Co-I
9. EPSRC Funding EP/R021503/1 (2017.10-2021.3): "ISCF Wave 1: North East Centre for Energy Materials" - Co-I
10. Northern Accelerator Connecting Capability Fund (2019.9.2 -2020.9.1): "Biomimetic device for stabilising offshore floating wind turbines" - PI

Student Projects

  1. A new design of wind farm service vessel
  2. Optimisation foil assisted catamaran as green ships
  3. Research on microbubble-based marine technology
  4. Tool research dedicated to the cargo vessels in pole area
  5. Structural dynamics analysis and health condition monitoring of cargo ship
  6. Research on the innovative techniques to stabilising crew boat in offshore wind farm
  7. Research on fairing system for drag reduction on risers
  8. Theoretical research on the loadings applied to offshore wind turbine structures with the consideration of uncertainties 
  9. Cliff-mounted wave energy converter using linear generator  
  10. Theoretical research on the reliability of seabed cable joint with offshore wind turbine
  11. Theoretical analysis of scouring effect on the mono-pile foundations of offshore wind turbines
  12. Design a motion-stable floating foundation for offshore wind turbines
  13. Identification of cracks in airfoil blades of an offshore wind turbine
  14. Research on wave load uncertainties and their impact on wave power prediction
  15. Innovative techniques for stabilizing crew transfer vessels of offshore wind farm
  16.  Innovative biomimetic concept of tidal turbine blades
  17. Structural integrity monitoring of mooring chains using thermography detection
  18. Research on a motion-stable floating platform applicable to shallow water

Previous Funding

  1. European FP7 Project: Demonstration of methods and tools for the optimisation of operational reliability of large-scale industrial wind turbines (OPTIMUS)
  2. Pilot Project of CATAPULT Offshore Renewable Energy Centre: Upgrading performance and reliability of offshore renewable assets (UPRORA) - Performance & Reliability
  3. TSB KTP Project: Condition monitoring of wind turbine power electronics
  4. DECC ETF2 Programme: Mitsubishi total reliability approach during design and manufacture
  5. EPSRC Supergen Wind Energy Technologies 
  6. China National Natural Science Foundation: Research on the condition monitoring techniques and strategies for wind turbines
  7. China National Natural Science Foundation: Intelligent data-mining technology for the condition monitoring and fault diagnosis of the machinery with complex structures

Research Team

Dr Zhong Liu

Dr Songrong Luo

Dr Hongbin Tang

Dr Pu Shi

Dr Juchuan Dai

Dr Yulan Cheng

Dr Qin Liu

Dr Huanguo Chen

Prof Dazheng Wang

Dr Lei Mei

Mrs Shuyun Zou

Mr Jinlei Lv

Mr Martin Nuernberg, PhD student

Mr Yerasimos Yerasimou, PhD student

Mr Pierre-Adrien Opinel, PhD student

Mr Sajin Saju, Mphil student

Mr Joel Chiew, Mphil student


Undergraduate (2017/2018)

MAR3041: Offshore engineering (Module leader

 Postgraduate (2017/2018)

MAR8068: Advanced hydrodynamics (Module leader)

MAR8268: Advanced hydrodynamics - Singapore Campus (Module leader)

MAR8066: Marine condition monitoring (Module leader)

MAR8052: Dynamics of subsea installations

SPG8026: Renewable energy: Marine energy structures and devices 

MAR8045: Fundamentals of subsea engineering

MAR8011: Dynamics of offshore installations