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Tao Xing, Ph.D., P.E.

Tao Xing, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor


Engineering Physics 324F



Mailing Address

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0902
Moscow, Idaho 83844-0902

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, August 2002
  • M.S., Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiao Tong University, Xi’an, 1998
  • B.S., Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiao Tong University, Xi’an, 1995

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbines
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Verification & Validation
  • Pulmonary Ventilation
  • Desalination Technology
  • Ship Hydrodynamics

Tao Xing received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2002. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2011. His research focuses on computational fluid dynamics with applications to Pulmonary Ventilation, offshore wind turbine designs, ship hydrodynamics, boundary layer flows, and desalination. He developed the factor of safety method for solution verification that was evaluated by others to be one of the most accurate uncertainty estimates for monotonically converged numerical solutions. In 2014, he was invited to give a keynote lecture on verification and validation in the 13th National Congress on Hydrodynamics & 26th Conference on Hydrodynamics in China. He is the author or co-author of 28 peer-reviewed journal papers, 29 proceeding papers, and 2 book chapters. His research work has been cited 743 times. His Google Scholar h-index and i10-index are 16 and 23, respectively. He secured funding from NIH, NSF, Murdock foundation, industry, and University of Idaho. He graduated one doctoral student and two masters students and is currently advising one postdoctoral fellow and two masters students. He serves as a member of the Technical Program Committee and a Session Chair of The International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE) annual conferences in 2015. He won the “Alumni Award for Excellent Mentor” from the University of Idaho in 2013 and again in 2014. He won the “Outstanding Young Faculty Award” from the College of Engineering at University of Idaho in 2015. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Idaho.

  • Quallen, S., Xing, T., 2016, "CFD Simulation of a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine System Using a Variable-Torque Generator Controller," Renewable Energy, Vol. 97, pp. 230-242, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2016.05.061
  • Yuan, X.L., Xing, T., 2016, "Hydrodynamic Characteristics of a Supercavitating Vehicle's Aft Body," Ocean Engineering, Vol. 114, pp. 37-46, DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.01.012 
  • Xing, T., 2015, “A General Framework for Verification and Validation of Large Eddy Simulations,” Journal of Hydrodynamics (Ser. B), Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 163-175. DOI: 10.1016/S1001-6058(15)60469-3 
  • Xing, T., Stern, F., 2015, "Comment on: 'A Procedure for the Estimation of the Numerical Uncertainty of CFD Calculations based on Grid Refinement Studies' (Eça, L. and Hoekstra, M., 2014, Journal of Computational Physics, 262, pp. 104-130)," Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 301, pp. 484-486.
  • Quallen, S., Xing, T., Carrica, P., Li, Y.W., Xu, J., 2014, "CFD Simulation of a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine System Using a Quasi-Static Crowfoot Mooring-Line Model," Journal of Ocean and Wind Energy, Transactions of the ISOPE, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 143-152
  • George, J., Owen, L., Xing, T., McEligot, D.M., Crepeau, J.C., Budwig, R.S., Nolan, K.P., 2014, "Entropy Generation in BypassTransitional Boundary Layer Flows," Journal of Hydrodynamics, Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 669-680, DOI: 10.1016/S1001-6058(14)60075-5
  • Li, Y.W., Paik, K.J., Xing, T., Carrica, P.M., 2012, "Dynamic Overset CFD Simulations of Wind Turbine Aerodynamics," Renewable Energy, Vol. 37, Issue 1, pp. 285-298.
  • Xing, T., Bhushan, S., and Stern, F., 2012, "Vortical and Turbulent Structures for KVLCC2 at Drift Angle 0, 12, and 30 Degrees," Ocean Engineering, Vol. 55, 23-43
  • Xing, T. and Stern, F., 2010, "Factors of Safety for Richardson Extrapolation," ASME Journal of fluids engineering, Vol. 132, No. 6, 061403, DOI: 10.1115/1.4001771

  • Co-PI, "Hydrodynamic Simulator for Brain Therapeutic Development," Vandal Ideas Project, University of Idaho, 7/1/2016 - 8/31/2017, $75,000.
  • PI, "Multi-scale Model of Interaction between Lung and Pulmonary Ventilation," Center for Modeling Complex Interactions, University of Idaho, U.S. National Institutes of Health, 01/01/2016 - 01/31/2017,$108,975.
  • PI, "CO2 Scrubber," Vorsana Inc., 08/24/2015 - 08/23/2016, $8,478.75.
  • PI, "Desalination Investigation," Vorsana Inc., 08/24/2015 - 08/23/2016,$8,478.75.
  • PI, "Vorsana Desalination Investigation," Vorsana Inc., 08/16/2015 - 08/15/2016, $97,064.
  • PI, "Aerodynamic Effects on Two-Lane Rural Highway Safety," The Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), Region 10 University Transportation Center (UTC), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 08/01/2015 - 07/31/2016, $120,000 ($60,000DOT funding, $60,000 University of Idaho matching).
  • PI, "Initial Study on Vorsana Desalter," Vorsana Inc., 08/15/2014 - 6/20/2015, $70,626.
  • PI, "Colmac Drainpan Defrost," Colmac Coil Manufacturing Inc.,08/25/2014 - 5/29/2015, $4,423.65.
  • PI, "Automatic and Dynamic Cleaning System for Commercial Fish Ponds," Service-Learning Mini-Grant, University of Idaho, 2014, $750.
  • Co-PI, "Acquisition of an Adaptive Computation Server for Support of STEM Research at the University of Idaho," 03/27/14 - 03/26/15, Murdock Foundation, $240,000.
  • Co-PI, "MRI: Acquisition of an Adaptive Computation Server for Support of STEM Research at the University of Idaho," Sept. 1, 2012 - Aug. 31, 2015, U.S. National Science Foundation, Division of Computer and Network Systems, Major Research Instrumentation, Award # 1229766,$428,571 ($300,000 NSF funding, $128,571 U of I cost share).
  • PI, "CFD Modeling of the Vorsana McCutchen Processor," May 25, 2012 - Aug. 25, 2012, $36,023, Vorsana Inc.
  • PI, "Numerical Simulation of Magnetic Nanoparticles Using Electromagnetic Separation Device," July 1, 2012 - Aug. 31, 2014, Seed Grant, $11,969.60, University of Idaho.
  • PI, "Collaborative Research: Simulation Based Design for Deep Water Offshore Wind Turbines Including Wave Loads and Motions," U.S. National Science Foundation, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems, Award #1066873, $200,731 (May-Dec. 2011) awarded at Tuskegee; $118,998 (Jan. 1, 2012 - Apr. 30, 2015) subawarded to University of Idaho.

  • Outstanding Young Faculty Award, College of Engineering, University of Idaho, 2015
  • Alumni Award for Excellence, University of Idaho, 2014
  • Alumni Award for Excellence, University of Idaho, 2013

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Mailing Address:

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

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