Xiaojing Zheng

Personal Information

Professor, Academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS)
Department of Mechanics, Research Center for Turbulence & Wind-Blown Sand Movement, Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Western Disaster & Environment, Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University
222 Tianshui Road, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, China


Jun 1978-Jan 1982
B.Eng in Mechanics, Department of Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Mar 1982-Jun 1984
M.Eng in Solid Mechanics, Department of Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Sep 1984-Dec 1987
PhD in Solid Mechanics, Department of Mechanics, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China

Academic Experiences

Dec 1987-Jun 1992
Lecturer & Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, Lanzhou University
Jun 1992-Jun 2012
Professor, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, Lanzhou University/DIV>
May 1993-Jan 1995
Visiting Professor, University of Kentucky, Clarkson University, USA
Jul 2002-Oct 2002
Senior Visiting Professor, University of Delaware, USA
Dec 2009-present
Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Oct 2010-present
Academician, The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS)
Directors of the academic committee of “State Key Laboratory for Turbulence & Complex Systems” in Peking University, and “State Key Laboratory for Desertification and Aeolian Disaster Prevention and Management” (in preparation)
Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Acta Mechanica Solid Sinica
Jun 2012-Jan 2017
President, Professor, Xidian University, Xi’an, China
Chairman of the Engineering Sciences Prize Committee of TWAS
Vice-Chairman of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Vice-Chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Physics and Member of the Advisory Committee in Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), and Member of the Advisory Committee of CAS
Member of the General Assembly of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM)

Research Interests
High-Reynolds-number Wall Turbulence Laden with Sand Particles
Electro-Magneto-Solid Mechanics
Nonlinear Solid Mechanics of Elastic Plates and Shells
Teaching Courses
Environmental Mechanics of Wind-blown Sands
Electro-Magneto-Solid Mechanics,
Elastic Mechanics, Mechanics of Plates and Shells
High-Reynolds-number Wall Turbulence Laden with Sand Particles: established a field observation array for atmospheric surface layer (ASL) turbulence, obtained synchronous and real-time observation data of wall turbulence with the highest Reynolds number and the most complete data for sand storms; revealed a number of new characteristics and laws for the very-large-scale motions in ASL turbulence and their interactions with sand particles; conducted successful quantitative simulation of the evolution process from individual particle movement to sand dune fields over hundreds of square meters, and theoretical prediction of the spreading speed of deserts; the first to conduct wind-tunnel experiment on sand particle electrification and electric fields in wind-blown sand movement, and revealed that horizontal electric fields exist and significantly affect the sand transport rate.
Electromagnetic Solid Mechanics: proposed a group of new magnetic force’s formulas for deformable ferromagnetic structures, and revealed the faults of other existed models; established a  nonlinear magneto-thermo-elastic coupled hysteretic constitutive model for magnetostrictive alloys, and revealed several typical characterizations and laws in theory that can not be predicted by other existed models; discovered the electric field effect on the Young's modulus of nanowires as well as its quantitative variations; discovered the laws and main reasons for the drift of levitated/suspended body in High-T-c superconducting levitation systems.
Nonlinear Solid Mechanics of Plates and Shells: proposed and rigorously proved the functional expression and recursion formula for the coefficients in the analytical solution of Karman’s equation for circular plate under arbitrary axisymmetric loading (including singular situation), and realized the series and high-order perturbation solutions by computer; fixed the tough convergence issues of the exact and approximately analytical solutions for thin circular plate with large deflection; realized the full-field solutions of Karman’s equation for thin circular plate from linear deformation with small defection to nonlinear deformation with large defection, and lastly to strongly nonlinear deformation of membrane.
Main Awards
1. China Science and Technology Award for Young Scholars (1988)
2. The Ph.D with Outstanding Contributions in China (1991)
3. Gainer of the Special government allowances (1992)
4. National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (1997)
5. BaoGang Excellent Teacher Award (Special Awards, 1997)
6. The 2nd Class of National Science and Technology Progress Awards of China (2007, 2/10)
7. The 1st Class of 'Xu Zhilun' Mechanics Awards (2007)
8. The 'Van Duzer' Prize, by IEEE Council on Superconductivity, USA (2007)
9. The 2nd Class of National Natural Science Awards, by Chinese State Council (2008, 1/2)
10. The 2nd Class of the National Education Achievement Awards (2008)
11. The National top-10 excellent Scientific and Technological researchers (nomination, 2012)
12. The ‘Ho Leung Ho Lee’ Awards for Science and Technology Progress (2014)
13. The ‘Chou Peiyuan’ Mechanics Awards (2017)
14. The 2nd Class of National Natural Science Awards, by Chinese State Council (2018, 2/3)
15. The 2nd Class of the National Education Achievement Awards (2018)
Research Grants
1. Turbulent Structure and Dynamical Mechanisms of Wind-Blown Sand Movement at High Reynolds Number, NSFC major project (11490550), 2015.01-2019.12, PI
2. Research on the wind-blown sand disasters and demonstration of relative control technologies in Minqin, Gansu, National Key Technology R&D Program (2013BAC07B00), 2013.01-2016.12, PI
3. Measurement and analysis of flow features and turbulent structures in wind-blown sand flows / sandstorms, NSFC key project (11232006), 2013.01-2017.12, PI
4. Measurements of the spatial and temporal variations of wind-blown sand electric fields and development of the relative instruments, NSFC project (11072097), 2011.01-2013.12, PI
5. Research on the dust flux distribution during sand storm events, NSFC project (10872082), 2009.01-2011.12, PI
6. Some key mechanic problems in the research of wind-blown sands, NSFC key project (10532040), 2006.01-2009.12, PI
7. Key physical process and numerical simulation of oasisization and desertification (2009CB421304), Major state basic research development program of China (973 program), 7.      2009.01-2013.12, PI
8. Monitor and warning of wind-blown sand movement in Minqin area, International collaboration program of MOST (special funds), 2007.01-2007.12, PI
9. Mechanic mechanisms of wind-blown sand movement and quantitative evaluation of wind erosion (G2000048702), Major state basic research development program of China (973 program), 2000.01-2004.12, PI 
Selected Refereed Publications
1. Liu H Y, Wang G H, Zheng X J*, 2019. Amplitude modulation between multi-scale turbulent motions in high-Reynolds-number atmospheric surface layers. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 861: 585-607.
2. Hu R F, Zheng X J*, 2018. Energy contributions by inner and outer motions in turbulent channel flows. Physical Review Fluids, 3(8): 084607.
3. Zhang Y Y, Hu R F, Zheng X J*, 2018. Large-scale coherent structures of suspended dust concentration in the neutral atmospheric surface layer: A large-eddy simulation study. Physics of Fluids, 30(4): 046601.
4. Liu H Y, Wang G H, Zheng X J*, 2017. Spatial length scales of large-scale structures in atmospheric surface layers. Physical Review Fluids, 2(6): 064606.
5. Wang G H, Zheng X J*, Tao J J*, 2017. Very large scale motions and PM10 concentration in a high-Re boundary layer. Physics of Fluids, 29(6): 061701.
6. Wang X N, Zheng X J*, Wang P, 2017. Direct numerical simulation of particle-laden plane turbulent wall jet and the influence of Stokes number. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 92: 82-92. 
7. Wang G H, Zheng X J*, 2016. Very large scale motions in the atmospheric surface layer: a field investigation. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 802: 464-489. 
8. Wang P, Zheng X J*, 2015. Unsteady saltation on Mars. Icarus, 260: 161-166.
9. Zheng X J*, 2013. Electrification of wind-blown sand: Recent advances and key issues. European Physical Journal E, 36: 138. 
10. Zheng X J*, Zhang J H, Wang G H, Liu H Y, Zhu W, 2013. Investigation on Very Large Scale Motions (VLSMs) and their influence in a dust storm. Science China-Physics Mechanics & Astronomy, 56(2): 306-314.
11. Duan S Z, Zhu W, Zheng X J*, 2013. Numerical investigation on two-grain-bed collisions in windblown sand transport. Powder Technology, 235: 431-436.
12. Ye X Y, Wang D M, Zheng X J*, 2012. Influence of particle rotation on the oblique penetration in granular media. Physical Review E, 86(6): 061304.
13. Li X C, Xie L, Zheng X J*, 2012. The comparison between the mie theory and the rayleigh approximation to calculate the EM scattering by partially charged sand. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, 113(3): 251-258. 
14. Wang D M, Ye X Y, Zheng X J*, 2012. The scaling and dynamics of a projectile obliquely impacting a granular medium. European Physical Journal E35: 7.
15. Hu W W, Xie L, Zheng X J*, 2012. Contact charging of silica glass particles in a single collision. Applied Physics Letters, 101: 114105-114107.
16. Ma G S, Zheng X J*, 2011. The fluctuation property of blown sand particles and the wind-sand flow evolution studied by numerical method. European Physical Journal E, 34(5): 54.
17. Zheng X J*, Zhang J H, 2010. Characteristics of near-surface turbulence during a dust storm passing Minqin on March 19, 2010. Chinese Science Bulletin, 55(27-28): 3107-3112.
18. Huang N, Yue G W, Zheng X J*, 2008. Numerical simulations of a dust devil and the electric field in it. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 113(D20): D20203.
19. Zhu L L, Qiao L, Zheng X J*, 2007. Molecular dynamics simulation of the elastic properties of metal nanowires in a transverse electric field. Nanotechnology, 18(38): 385703.
20. Zheng X J, Huang N*, Zhou Y H, 2003. Laboratory measurement of electrification of wind-blown sands and simulation of its effect on and saltation movement. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 108(D10): D104322.