Research Output per year
I joined the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Strathclyde as a Lecturer in 2015. My research focuses on turning waste biomass into chemicals, fuels, and energy. My research group have expertise in CFD modelling of reacting flow, such as ignition and flame properties, multiphase interactions, reacting progress, heat transfer, and emissions. We have equipment to conduct experimental studies, at high temperatures and high heating rates, to characterize the solid fuel on its inherent properties, kinetics, and thermal performances.
I received my PhD degree on energy engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden in 2014. Thereafter, I was working at the University of Glasgow as a postdoctoral researcher. I studied my MSc at the National Engineering Lab for Biomass Power Generation Equipment, based in the North China Electric Power University (Beijing). I am an academic member of International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF) and Combustion Institute (British Section).
- Development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods of thermal/chemical processes.
- Biomass characterization:fuel properties, kinetics, ignition, thermal conversion behaviour.
- Biomass combustion & co-firing: large percentage biomass substitutions; ash related problems and aerosol formations.
- Second generation biofuels production & upgrading by torrefaction, pyrolysis, gasification, and synthesis.
- Integrated energy systems: biomass and solar system combination; co-processing biomass/bio-oil in oil refinery; advanced clean combustion technologies
- Ash related challenges: release mechanism and kinetics of alkali metals; removal of inherent alkali metals at fuel processing stage.
Expertise & Capabilities
I have expertise in assessment of thermal conversion behaviors of biomass and waste feedstock; experimental characterization of solid, gas and liquid products from thermal conversions of biomass and waste feedstock; kinetic evaluation of thermal conversions of solid fuel at varying ranges of temperatures and heating rates; kinetic evaluation of release of alkali metals during biomass combustion and prediction of ash related slagging and fouling. I also have extensive experience in the numerical simulations of reacting flow, heat transfer and energy system with particular interest in the application areas of biomass energy, clean fuel technologies, thermal process and heat recovery. My expertise is broadly covering the following areas:
- Numerical simulation of turbulence reacting flow, multiphase flow, and heat transfer,
- Biomass fuel characterization and thermal conversion performances analysis,
- Clean combustion technologies & applications (i.e. flameless, volumetric, and oxyfuel combustion),
- Analysis and optimization of thermochemical processes and energy systems,
- Techno-economic and environmental assessment of energy systems.
Doctor of Philosophy, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
15 Jun 2010 → 17 Feb 2014
Master of Engineering, North China Electric Power University
10 Sep 2007 → 1 Apr 2010
- Energy efficiency, energy optimisation, energy modelling, demand side management, renewable energy, hybrid energy systems.
- Thermal analysis
- Renewable energy technology
Experimental study on the influences of operating parameters on the retention of potassium during the biomass combustionCao, W., Peshkur, T., Lue, L. & Li, J., 28 Feb 2019, In : Energy Procedia. 158, p. 1033-1038 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Conference article
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Activities per year
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference