Xuren Zhu, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests


  • ​Experimental and numerical combustion
  • Gas turbine combustion
  • Interaction of flame and vortices in buoyant flames
  • Pressure gain combustion
  • Fuel flexibility in combustion system

Selected Publications

  • Near-field Flow Stability of Buoyant Methane/Air Inverse Diffusion Flames
    X. Zhu, X. Xia and P. Zhang
    Combustion and Flame, 191, 66-75, (2018)
  • Experimental Study and RANS Calculation on Velocity and Temperature of a Kerosene-fueled Swirl Laboratory Combustor...
    X. Zhu, R. Li, D. Li, P. Zhang, R. Qian
    International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 89,964-976, (2015) 


  • ​2014-2018: Ph.D, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • 2011-2014: M.S., Thermal Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan
  • 2007-2011: B.S., Thermal Energy and Power Engineering, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan

Professional Profile


  • ​2019 - present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017 - 2018: Research assistant, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Research Interests Keywords

​Experimental study Numerical simulation gas turbine vortex dynamic buoyant flame pressure gain fuel flexibility