Lichuan guI

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Professional background

July 2011 - Present

Associate Research Scientist & Adjunct Associate Professor, Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR), the University of Iowa. Research activities: experimental investigation of shallow water free surface instability over a bump in a flume facility, measurement of flow around a model ship with a tomographic PIV system in a towing tank, tracking 6DOF motion of free running model ship in a wave basin. Teaching: Measurements in Fluid Mechanics (058:180, 2011 and 2012 fall semesters)  


August 2002 - June 2011

Research Scientist & Research Assistant Prof. of Mech. Eng., Jamie L. Whitten National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA), University of Mississippi. Research activities: PIV measurements in supersonic jet flow, micro-scale air jet flow, and insect wing motion induced flow;  insect motion tracking with high-speed camera; insect wing motion mapping with stereo high-speed imaging system;  6DOF motion tracking of aerodynamic model in wind tunnel with stereo high-speed imaging system. Teaching: Imaging Techniques for Flow and Motion Measurements (Engr 691)


October 2000  - July 2002

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Micro Fluidics Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University. Research activities: Measurement techniques for micro fluidics; Flow measurements in MEMS; Design, fabrication and test of micro mass flow sensors. Teaching: Fundamentals of Particle Image Velocimetry (ME595W).


October 1998 - September 2000

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR), University of Iowa, Iowa City. Research activities: experimental investigation of wave effects on the boundary layer and wake flow of a surface piercing flat plate and unsteady flow measurement around a naval surface ship model by means of the Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and other measurement  techniques; Uncertainty assessment of the towed PIV measurement system; Forces, moment and wave field measurement of DTMB model 5512 in regular head waves.


August 1994 - September 1998

DAAD Scholar and Research Associate, Institute of Fluid Mechanics, Department of Machinery Engineering (FB 12), University of Essen, Germany. Research activities: experimental investigation of multi-phase flows with the PIV technique, improvement of digital PIV image evaluation algorithms, development of numerical methods for phase separation, numerical simulation of pipe flows.


June 1987 - July 1994

Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Power Machinery Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China. Research activities: computer aid design software package "Optimal design system of aerodynamics on large centrifugal compressors", "Modifying design on sintering blowers" and "CAD system for axial ventilators"; computational simulation and experimental investigation of the forward centrifugal fan with splitter blades. Teaching: undergraduate courses "Centrifugal Compressor" and "Ventilators".