Dr Yeaw Chu Lee
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Dr Yeaw Chu Lee

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Biography

Biography

Proactive researcher and lecturer in mechanical engineering with over 15 years experience in research and teaching at under-graduate and post-graduate levels. Research interest in thermo-fluids and computational engineering of multi-scale and multi-phase soft matter and interfacial flows. Published over 56 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals and refereed conference proceedings. Successfully won 34 research grants, awards and studentships. Led course innovation and development underpinned by research and scholarly activities. Supervised over 59 B.Eng. and M.Eng. dissertations, 22 M.Sc. dissertations and 16 Ph.D. theses.

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Heriot-Watt University (2011-2012)
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (2000-2004)
  • M.Eng. (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (1996-1999)

Professional membership

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Software Engineering and Computing
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Aerodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Research

Research

Research interests

Research activities

Principal research expertise in the area of thermo-fluids of multi-scale and multi-phase soft matter, liquids and interfacial flows; in particular, computational fluid dynamics and software development of highly efficient and scalable bespoke mesh and mesh-less numerical solutions.

Keywords:

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Multi-phase flows
  • Free-surface flows
  • Soft matter liquids
  • Interfacial flows
  • Thin liquid films
  • Rivulets
  • Droplets
  • Sprays
  • Coating
  • Rheology
  • Marangoni effects
  • Wetting and de-wetting contact lines
  • Mixing and sloshing
  • Splat morphologies
  • Cold and thermal sprays
  • Laser spots and melts
  • Evaporation of liquids
  • Solidification of liquids and phase change of crystal structures
  • Porous media flow
  • Ferro-magnetic fluids
  • Continuous oscillatory baffled reactors
  • Marine biology - tropical and cold water corals and coralline algae
  • Seawater air conditioning (SWAC)
  • Homogenisation and upscaling
  • Non-linear partial differential equations
  • Multigrid methods and convergence acceleration
  • Minimisation and optimisation
  • Adaptive local mesh refinement
  • Adaptive time integration
  • Smoothed particle hydrodynamics
  • Algorithms
  • Machine learning and evolutionary algorithms
  • High performance computing

Other research

Keywords:

  • Task-based parallelisation
  • Lossless compression
  • Convergence and stability of meshless methods
  • Eulerian & Lagrangian methods
  • Inverse methods
  • High order PDEs

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Supervised 16 Ph.D. research student projects spanning across a range of applications in engineering, physical and biological sciences. Successfully graduated 13 Ph.D. research students while the remaining 3 are at various stages of completion.

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Bordbar A, Georgoulas K, Dai YM, Michele S, Roberts F, Carter N & Lee YC (2023) 'Waterbodies thermal energy based systems interactions with marine environment — A review' Energy Reports 9, 5269-5286 , DOI Open access
Georgoulas K, Hennige S & Lee YC (2023) 'Smoothed particle hydrodynamics for modelling cold-water coral habitats in changing oceans' Journal of Sea Research , DOI Open access
Mehmood M, Khan UF, Maka AOM, Akhter J, Chaudhary TN, Masood F, Hasan SA & Lee YC (2022) 'A review of thermal impact of surface acoustic waves on microlitre droplets in medical applications' Advances in Mechanical Engineering 14, (8) , DOI Open access
Hennige SJ, Larsson AI, Orejas C, Gori A, De Clippele LH, Lee YC, Jimeno G, Georgoulas K, Kamenos NA & Roberts JM (2021) 'Using the Goldilocks Principle to model coral ecosystem engineering' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 288, (1956) 20211260-20211260 , DOI Open access
Jimeno G, Lee YC & Ni X (2021) 'The effect of particle size on flow in a continuous oscillatory baffled reactor using CFD' The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering , DOI Open access
Kyle R, Lee YC & Früh W-G (2020) 'Propeller and vortex ring state for floating offshore wind turbines during surge' Renewable Energy 155, 645-657 , DOI Open access
Jimeno G, Lee YC & Ni X-W (2019) 'Smoothed particle hydrodynamics – A new approach for modeling flow in oscillatory baffled reactors' Computers and Chemical Engineering 124, 14-27 , DOI Open access
Jimeno G, Lee YC & Ni X-W (2018) 'On the evaluation of power density models for oscillatory baffled reactors using CFD' Chemical Engineering and Processing - Process Intensification 134, 153-162 , DOI Open access
Ehigiamusoe NN, Maxutov S & Lee YC (2018) 'Modeling surface tension of a two-dimensional droplet using smoothed particle hydrodynamics' International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 88, (7) 334-346 , DOI Open access
Szabo PSB, Lee Y & Früh W (2017) 'Thermomagnetic convection under alternating magnetic fields' PAMM 17, (1) 633-634 , DOI
Ahmed G, Sellier M, Lee YC, Jermy M & Taylor M (2015) 'Rheological effects on the levelling dynamics of thin fluid films' International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow 25, (8) 1850-1867 , DOI
Brown CJ, Lee YC, Nagy ZK & Ni X (2014) 'Evaluation of crystallization kinetics of adipic acid in an oscillatory baffled crystallizer' CrystEngComm 16, (34) 8008-8008 , DOI
Ahmed G, Sellier M, Lee YC, Jermy M & Taylor M (2013) 'Modeling the spreading and sliding of power-law droplets' Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 432, 2-7 , DOI
Slade D, Veremieiev S, Lee YC & Gaskell PH (2013) 'Gravity-driven thin film flow: The influence of topography and surface tension gradient on rivulet formation' Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification 68, 7-12 , DOI
Veremieiev S, Thompson HM, Scholle M, Lee YC & Gaskell PH (2013) 'Corrigendum to “Electrified thin film flow at finite Reynolds number on planar substrates featuring topography” [International Journal of Multiphase Flow 44 (2012) 48–69]' International Journal of Multiphase Flow 48, 82-82 , DOI
Veremieiev S, Thompson HM, Scholle M, Lee YC & Gaskell PH (2012) 'Electrified thin film flow at finite Reynolds number on planar substrates featuring topography' International Journal of Multiphase Flow 44, 48-69 , DOI
Lee YC, Thompson HM & Gaskell PH (2011) 'Three-dimensional thin film and droplet flows over and past surface features with complex physics' Computers & Fluids 46, (1) 306-311 , DOI
Cowling NP, Gaskell PH, Lee YC & Thompson HM (2011) 'Towards the efficient numerical solution of three-dimensional thin film flows on real surfaces: an evaluation of finite-difference-based schemes' Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science 225, (8) 1886-1902 , DOI
Lee YC, Thompson HM & Gaskell PH (2011) 'Dynamics of thin film flow on flexible substrate' Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification 50, (5-6) 525-530 , DOI
Veremieiev S, Thompson HM, Lee YC & Gaskell PH (2011) 'Inertial two- and three-dimensional thin film flow over topography' Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification 50, (5-6) 537-542 , DOI
Lee YC, Emerson DR, Gaskell PH, Gu XJ & Thompson HM (2011) 'Parallel computing as a vehicle for engineering design of complex functional surfaces' Advances in Engineering Software 42, (5) 228-236 , DOI
Lee YC & Gaskell PH (2011) 'Multi-level adaptive solution of anisotropic porous media flow with strong discontinuous jumps in permeability' Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science 225, (4) 853-868 , DOI
Gaskell PH, Lee YC & Thompson HM (2010) 'Thin Film Flow Over and Around Surface Topography: a General Solver for the Long-Wave Approximation and Related Equations' CMES-COMPUTER MODELING IN ENGINEERING & SCIENCES 62, (1) 77-112 Author Site
Veremieiev S, Thompson HM, Lee YC & Gaskell PH (2010) 'Inertial thin film flow on planar surfaces featuring topography' Computers & Fluids 39, (3) 431-450 , DOI
Lee YC, Thompson HM & Gaskell PH (2009) 'FILMPAR: A parallel algorithm designed for the efficient and accurate computation of thin film flow on functional surfaces containing micro-structure' Computer Physics Communications 180, (12) 2634-2649 , DOI
Richard Glass C, Walters KFA, Gaskell PH, Lee YC, Thompson HM, Emerson DR & Gu X-J (2009) 'Recent advances in computational fluid dynamics relevant to the modelling of pesticide flow on leaf surfaces' Pest Management Science 66, (1) 2-9 , DOI
Lee YC, Thompson HM & Gaskell PH (2009) 'Thin film flow over flexible membranes containing surface texturing: Bio-inspired solutions' Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology 223, (3) 337-345 , DOI
Koh YY, Lee YC, Gaskell PH, Jimack PK & Thompson HM (2009) 'Droplet migration: Quantitative comparisons with experiment' The European Physical Journal Special Topics 166, (1) 117-120 , DOI
Sellier M, Lee YC, Thompson HM & Gaskell PH (2009) 'Thin film flow on surfaces containing arbitrary occlusions' Computers & Fluids 38, (1) 171-182 , DOI
Lee YC, Thompson HM & Gaskell PH (2007) 'The efficient and accurate solution of continuous thin film flow over surface patterning and past occlusions' International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 56, (8) 1375-1381 , DOI
Lee YC, Thompson HM & Gaskell PH (2007) 'An efficient adaptive multigrid algorithm for predicting thin film flow on surfaces containing localised topographic features' Computers & Fluids 36, (5) 838-855 , DOI
Conference Papers
Gaskell PH, Lee YC, Slade D & Veremieiev S (2012) 'Three-dimensional thin film flow problems solved accurately and efficiently: Rivulet formation, merger and evolution' 2612-2624
Slade D, Veremieiev S, Lee YC & Gaskell PH (2012) 'Rivulet evolution in gravity-driven thin-film flows'
Veremieiev S, Gaskell PH, Lee YC & Thompson HM (2011) 'Predicting Three-Dimensional Inertial Thin Film Flow over Micro-Scale Topography' Springer Berlin Heidelberg 833-838 , DOI
Lee YC, Thompson HM & Gaskell PH (2009) 'Adaptive Multigrid Solutions of Thin Film Flows over Topography' Springer Berlin Heidelberg 353-358 , DOI
Lee YC & Gaskell PH (2009) 'The efficient and accurate solution of porous media flow problems with strongly discontinuous coefficients' Springer Berlin Heidelberg 249-254 , DOI
Lee YC, Emerson DR, Gaskell PH, Gu XJ & Thompson HM 'Parallel Computing as a Vehicle for Engineering Design of Functional Surfaces' The First International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Grid Computing for Engineering 4-/-0/20094-/-0/2009Civil-Comp Press , DOI