Dr Jian Yang

Director of International Academy in Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET), Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering (Dynamics and Control)

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Research Interests

Dr Yang’s research interests are in the broad area of nonlinear dynamics and vibration engineering as well as design and analysis of engineering structures. His current research involves the following main research themes:

  • Nonlinear dynamics and oscillations
  • Passive and active vibration & noise control
  • Inerter-based vibration suppression systems
  • Vibration and acoustics of advanced composite structures
  • Vibration power flow analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
  • Aeroelasticity & Morphing adaptive wing structures
  • Structural static / dynamic analysis; Smart structures
  • Design and analysis of engineering structures

Research projects

As Principal Investigator (PI):

  • Investigations of power flow characteristics of nonlinear vibration isolation systems, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) , 2017-2019
  • Vibration power flow analysis of fiber-reinforced composite cylindrical shells, Natural Science Foundation of Ningbo Municipality, 2019-2021
  • Investigations of power flow analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems, Natural Science Foundation of Ningbo Municipality, 2015-2017
  • UNNC Conference Grant, UNNC, 2015, 2016.
  • FoSE Small Research Grant, UNNC, 2014 – 2015.
  • FoSE Mobility Fund, UNNC, 2016.

As Co-Investigator (Co-I) or team member

  • Vibration and sound radiation characteristics of submerged non-circular cylindrical shell structures (National Science Foundation of China) , 2014-2018, Co-Investigator
  • On the fabrication of textured optical glass surfaces by servo-vibration-assisted grinding with structured grinding wheels, NSFC, 2019-2021, 290,000RMB (as a Co-I).
  • Key technical research on thermal management of gasoline direct-injection engine used vehicle, Key International Cooperative Scheme, Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau, 2015-2018, 300,000RMB (as a Co-I)
  • Ningbo 3315 innovation team, Marine Composites Development and Manufacturing for Sustainable Environment, 2016-2020, 5,000,000RMB (as a team member)
  • Low Carbon Automobile Thermal Management Frontier Technology Innovation Team, Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau, 2,000,000RMB 2015-2018, (as a Co-I)
  • Modelling of adaptive wing structures (MAWS) (European Union FP7 Clean Sky Network), University of Bristol
  • Control and Alleviation of Loads in Advanced Regional Turbo-Fan Configurations (CLAReT) (European Union FP7 Clean Sky Network), University of Bristol
  • Novel air vehicle configurations: from fluttering wings to morphing flight (NOVEMOR) (EU Framework 7 Project), University of Bristol
  • Novel energy flow based dynamic topology optimisations for light-weight marine structures to suppress vibration and noise radiation (University of Southampton EPSRC Shaping Award), University of Southampton

PhD opportunities

There are fully funded scholarships for PhD study in a fully English environment at The University of Nottingham (Ningbo and UK campuses). Successful graduates will be awarded PhD certificate from University of Nottingham, UK. Interested Applicants in the above research area are welcome to contact Dr Jian Yang at Jian.Yang@nottingham.edu.cn for more information.

Personal profile

Dr Jian Yang is currently an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering (Dynamics and Control) at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). He obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton UK in nonlinear mechanical vibrations. Prior to that, he did his BEng in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China. Before taking the current position at UNNC, Dr Yang worked as a research fellow under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Cooper (FREng, Former President of the Royal Aeronautical Society) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol. The work there was primarily concerned with aeroelasticity and morphing aircraft wing structures, funded by European Union Clean Sky and Framework 7 projects. Dr Yang has been a member of RAeS (Royal Aeronautical Society), A fellow of Advance HE (UK), a member of ASME (American Institute of Mechanical Engineers), a member of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), a member of IIAV (International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration), a senior member of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES) and a reviewer for many international journals. He has acted as PI of two NSFC projects (Young Scientist & General), one Zhejiang NSF project, and two Ningbo NSF projects. All PhD students whom Dr Yang supervised as the principal supervisor have found faculty positions in top Chinese Universities.

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=PZOph3wAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jian_Yang43

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4255-9622


  • Control and Instrumentation (MMME3040), Module Convenor
  • Advanced Dynamics and Vibration (MMME3040), Module Co-convenor
  • Dynamics and Control (MMME2014), 2015-2019, Module Contributor
  • Statics and Dynamics (MMME1019), Module Convenor

Past teaching experience

  • Aeroelasticity: University of Bristol, UK
  • Ship Structures: University of Southampton, UK
  • Solid Mechanics: University of Southampton, UK
  • Fluid Mechanics: University of Southampton, UK
  • Engineering Mathematics: University of Southampton, UK
  • Ship Control Systems: University of Southampton, UK
  • Modelling and Computing: University of Southampton, UK
  • Marine Technology Year 9: University of Southampton & The Smallpiece Trust.

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