Lian Shen

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Lian Shen

Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 229
111 Church Street SE





Director, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Sc.D. 2001, Fluid Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. 1993, Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China

Professional Background

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota  
Associate Professor, 2012-2017, Benjamin Mayhugh
Department of Civil Engineering and Center for Environmental and Applied Assistant Professor and Assistant Research Professor, Fluid Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS DFD)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


ME Research Areas
Fluid Mechanics

ME Impact Areas
Energy Transition
Environment & Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Computational fluid dynamics: DNS and LES of turbulent flows; simulation of free-surface flows; computation of nonlinear waves
  • Turbulent boundary layers at smooth and rough undulatory surface: Flow over wavy boundaries; wind-wave interaction; marine atmospheric boundary layer
  • Free-surface and multi-fluids flow: Free-surface turbulence; interfacial transport; wave-turbulence interaction; wave breaking
  • Sustainable energy: Ocean wave and wind as renewable energy resources; offshore wind farms; floating wind turbines; wave energy converters
  • Environmental fluid mechanics: Transport at water surface and effect of surfactants; air-water transfer of heat and greenhouse gases
  • Radiative transfer: Optics in water environment; hydrodynamic-optical effect on ecological-biogeochemical systems
  • Scientific computing and modeling: High-performance large-scale parallel computing; data-intensive computing; multi-physics modeling

Research Group

Name: Location:
Fluid Mechanics Lab ME L123
Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab ME 10A


Teaching Subjects
ME 3332: Fluid Mechanics
ME 5333: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
ME 5344: Thermodynamics of Fluid Flow with Applications
ME 8332: Advanced Fluid Mechanics in Mechanical Engineering
ME 8342: Convection
Honors and Awards
  • ONR Young Investigator Award
Selected Publications
  • Xuan, A., Deng, B. & Shen, L., “Study of wave effect on vorticity in Langmuir turbulence using wave-phase-resolved LES,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, accepted.
  • Hao, X. & Shen, L., “Wind-wave coupling study using LES of wind and phased-resolved simulation of nonlinear waves,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, accepted
  • Foti, D., Yang, X., Shen, L. & Sotiropoulos, F. (2019), “Effect of wind turbine nacelle on turbine wake dynamics in large wind farms,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 869, pp.1-26.
  • Deng, B., Yang, Z., Xuan, A. & Shen, L. (2019), “Influence of Langmuir circulations on turbulence in the bottom boundary of shallow water,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 861, pp.275-308.
  • Xuan, A. & Shen, L. (2019), “A conservative scheme for simulation of free-surface turbulent and wave flows,” Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 378, pp.18-43.

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