Shaokang Li
PhD student
MSc, Beihang University (2021)
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I am a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. I come from China where I obtained my bachelor’s and master’s degree in School of Aerospace Science and Engineering at Beihang University. My research mainly focuses on droplet dynamics and computational nonequilibrium phase change dynamics.

My master thesis is about droplet jumping phenomenon on superhydrophobic surface, including the investigation of moving droplet jumping phenomenon induced by coalescence and single droplet jumping phenomenon induced by Laplace pressure. I performed simulation in OpenFOAM and conducted corresponding experiment to declare the underlying mechanisms of these phenomena.

My PhD project is about kinetic modelling of cavitation. Cavitation is a phenomenon in which many tiny bubbles expand and collapse instantly within a liquid (water) because of the pressure variation. My recent work focuses on developing an efficient model based on Enskog-Vlasov equation. The developed model will be used to investigate the bubble dynamics, heat generation, and pressure distribution during the bubble cavitation process, to deepen the understanding of this novel phenomenon.


Knudsen minimum disappearance in molecular-confined flows
Methane scattering on porous kerogen surfaces and its impact on mesopore transport in shale
Self-diffusivity of dense confined fluids
Pore-scale gas flow simulations by the DSBGK and DVM methods
Dense gas flow simulations in ultra-tight confinement
Rarefied flow separation in microchannel with bends
Departure Velocity of Rolling Droplet Jumping
The kinetic Shakhov–Enskog model for non-equilibrium flow of dense gases
Droplet jumping induced by coalescence of a moving droplet and a staticone: Effect of initial velocity
A comparative study of the DSBGK and DVM methods for low-speed rarefied gas flows
Accurate and efficient computation of the Boltzmann equation for Couette flow: Influence of intermolecular potentials on Knudsen layer function and viscous slip coefficient
A multi-level parallel solver for rarefied gas flows in porous media