Prof. Wenxian Lin obtained PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 2000. He is the Head of Discipline of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Science & Engineering of James Cook University.

Prof. Lin’s research interests encompass computational fluid dynamics, buoyancy-driven flows, turbulent flows, stratified flows, heat transfer, natural convection, boundary layers, scaling analysis, environmental fluid dynamics, solar thermal energy, mixing and entrainment, building heating and ventilation, solar collector technologies, solar water heaters, turbulence modelling, DNS and LES, hydrodynamics, etc. He has published more than 130 refereed journal publications and more than 50 refereed conference publications and has the h-index of 24.

Prof. Lin has received numerous awards and fellowships over his career, including the ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (ARC, 2003), Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government, 2015), and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (JCU, 2015), and Dean’s Research Excellence Award – Research Group (JCU, 2006). Together with his collaborators, he has attracted 8 ARC DPs/APD.

  • CS3008: Fluid Mechanics (Level 3; TSV)
  • ME2521: Dynamics of Machine Elements (Level 2; TSV)
  • ME4513: Advanced Fluid Mechanics (Level 4; TSV)
  • ME4515: Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design (Level 4; TSV)
  • Turbulent Flows
  • Solar Thermal Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Natural Convection Heat Transfer
  • Buoyant Jets
  • Entrainment and Mixing
  • Boundary Layers
  • Building Heating and Ventilation
  • Buoyancy-Driven Flows
  • Turbulence Modelling
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Energy Technologies
  • 2016 to present - Professor, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2010 to present - Head, Mechanical Engineering Discipline, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2010 to 2015 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2006 to 2009 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2004 to 2006 - ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2015 - JCU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2015 - Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, the Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government
  • 2006 - Dean’s Research Excellence Award – Research Group, JCU
  • 2004 to 2006 - ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2008 - Secretary and Executive Committee Member, Australasian Fluid and Thermal Engineering Society (AFTES)
  • 2000 - Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • 2012 to 2018 - Executive Committee Member, Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society (AFMS)
  • 1992 to 1998 - Associate Editor, Energy - The International Journal

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 164+ research outputs authored by Prof Wenxian Lin from 2000 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

AEP Advancing Engineering - Contract Research

Airbag deployment test

Indicative Funding
AEP Advance Engineering is planning to study airbag deployment in a car after modifications done on the car. This test will study an airbag deployment along the ceiling using high-speed camera at high frame per second rate of 5000. This study aims to investigate the deployment stages of the airbag and visually capture this process, so modifications applied on the car does not interfere with safety.
Mehdi Khatamifar, Wenxian Lin and Michael McMillan (College of Science & Engineering and AEP Advancing Engineering)
Airbag; Safety; Operation Condition

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • To obtain Experimental Results of the Cyclic Plastic Behaviour for 3 Strain Ratios (e.g. R=-1; R=0; R=0.5) and study Mean Stress Relaxation Effects (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Surface integrity study of the as-fabricated and post-processed SLM Aluminum alloy (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Experimental and Computational Investigation of Functionalized Aluminum Nitride (AIN) Hybrid Polymer Composite for Heat Sink Application (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Parametric Study of Bladed Cylindrical External Solar Receiver (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Rocket Systems Numerical Design & Optimisation (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Design and analysis of a PCM-filled Trombe wall coupled with renewable energy utilization systems for meeting heating requirements of a building (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Investigation of Biomass derived Biochar for degradation of Pharmaceutical Pollutants (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development and Design Optimization of High Capacity Gravitational Vortex Hydro Power Plant (GVHPP) for High and Constant Flowing River conditions employing Computational Fluid Dynamics and modelling (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The development of sustainable and innovative techniques to enhance thermal management in a temperature sensitive system (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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  • 1 collaboration
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