Dr. Duo Xu


Affiliation: The State Key Laboratory of Nonlinear Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Address: Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; No. 15 Beisihuanxi Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China, 100190

Research Areas

Turbulence & turbulence-generated noise
Transition to turbulence in shear flows
Turbulent mixing
Measurement techniques in fluid mechanics


2012, Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA), Ph.D.

2008, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China), M.S.

2005, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beijing, China), B.S.

Working Experience

2022-Now, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor

2021-2022, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences,  (BR Project) Professor

2016-2020, University of Bremen (Germany), Senior Research Scientist

2014-2016, University of Erlangen-Nuernburg (Germany), Humboldt Fellow

2013-2014, Max Planck Insitute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (Germany), Postdoc Fellow

Selection of recent publications

[1] Huixin Li, Andreas Fischer, Marc Avila and Duo Xu*. Measurement error of tracer-based velocimetry in single-phase turbulent flows with inhomogeneous refractive indices. EXPERIMENTAL THERMAL AND FLUID SCIENCE. 2022, 136, 110681.

[2] Huixin Li, Marc Avila and Duo Xu*. A single-camera synthetic Schlieren method for the measurement of free liquid surfaces. EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS. 2021, 62(11): 227.

[3] Duo Xu*, Matthias Heil, Thomas Seeböck and Marc Avila. Resonances in Pulsatile Channel Flow with an Elastic Wall. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. 2020, 125, 254501.

[3] Duo Xu*, Baofang Song and Marc Avila. Non-modal transient growth of disturbances in pulsatile and oscillatory pipe flows. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS. 2021, 907: R5.

[4] Duo Xu*, Atul Varshney, Xingyu Ma, Baofang Song, Michael Riedl, Marc Avila and Björn Hof*. Nonlinear hydrodynamic instability and turbulence in pulsatile flow. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 2020, 117(21): 11233-11239.

[5] Duo Xu* and Marc Avila. The effect of pulsation frequency on transition in pulsatile pipe flow. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS. 2018, 857: 937-951.

[6] Duo Xu*, Sascha Warnecke, Baofang Song, Xingyu Ma, Björn Hof. Transition to turbulence in pulsating pipe flow. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS. 2017, 831: 418-432.

Research Interests(not limited to)

(1) Experimentally investigate turbulence, turbulence noise, turbulent mixing and etc.

(2) Experimentally investigate transition to turbulence in shear flows

(3) Develop experimental measurement techniques (e.g. laser-induced fluorescence, background-oriented Schlieren and particle image velocimetry)


Longtime collaborator(alphabetical sort of the corresponding affiliation)

Prof. Björn Hof (Institute of Science and Technology Austria)

Prof. Jun Chen (Purdue University)

Prof. Baofang Song (Peking University)

Prof. Marc Avila (University of Bremen)

Honors & Distinctions

(1) National level talent project of China, 2022

(2) CAS BR talent project, 2021

(3) Humboldt Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 2014