Suo Yang

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Suo Yang

Richard and Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor,
Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 3101C
111 Church Street SE





Ph.D. 2017, M.S. 2014, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 

M.S. 2015, Computational Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 

B.S. 2011, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Zhejiang University, China

Professional Background

Richard and Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2018-present

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2017-2018 

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
American Physical Society (APS)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Combustion Institute
Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS)
Research Interests

Prof. Yang's research interests broadly encompass the first-principles based modeling and simulation of reactive flows, including: combustion, turbulence, plasma physics, particulate and multi-phase flows, and their multi-scale interactions. The goal is to develop and utilize high-fidelity, computationally efficient predictive tools in order to: (i) gain fundamental understanding of the physicochemical processes in reactive flows; (ii) design and control advanced propulsion and power-generation systems (primarily reciprocating engines and gas turbines) for energy sustainability.

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of Turbulent Reactive Flows: Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS)
  • Evolution of Soot, Aerosols, and Dusty Plasmas in Reactive Flows: Engine Emissions and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Plasma/Ozone Assisted “Ultra-Fast” Ignition, “Ultra-Lean” Combustion, and Fuel Reforming
  • Chemical Kinetics, Mechanism Reduction, and Dynamic Adaptive Chemistry
  • Supercritical Mixing and Combustion: High-Pressure Gas Turbine, Diesel, and Rocket Engines
  • Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations and High-Performance Parallel Computing (HPC)

Research Group

Name: Computational Reactive Flow & Energy Lab (CRFEL)
Location: L101


Teaching Subjects
ME 3332: Fluid Mechanics
ME 5446: Introduction to Combustion
ME 8345: Computational Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow
Selected Publications
  • S. Yang, J.K. Lew, M.E. Mueller, “Large Eddy Simulation of soot evolution in turbulent reacting flows: Presumed subfilter PDF model for soot-turbulence-chemistry interactions”, Combust. Flame 209 (2019) 200-213.
  • S. Yang, S. Nagaraja, W. Sun, V. Yang, “Multiscale modeling and general theory of non-equilibrium plasma-assisted ignition and combustion”, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 50 (2017) 433001.
  • S. Yang, R. Ranjan, V. Yang, W. Sun, S. Menon, “Sensitivity of predictions to chemical kinetics models in a temporally evolving turbulent non-premixed flame”, Combust. Flame 183 (2017) 224-241. [Selected as Feature Article
  • S. Yang, R. Ranjan, V. Yang, S. Menon, W. Sun*, “Parallel On-the-fly Adaptive Kinetics in Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Premixed Flame”, Proc. Combust. Inst. 36 (2) (2017) 2025–2032.
  • S. Yang, X. Gao, V. Yang, W. Sun, S. Nagaraja, J.K. Lefkowitz, Y. Ju, “Nanosecond Pulsed Plasma Activated C2H4/O2/Ar Mixtures in a Flow Reactor”, J. Propul. Power 32 (5) (2016) 1240-1252.

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