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Jianjun Tao
Ph.D., Professor
Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science,
College of Engineering, Peking University
  • Office Tel: +86+10-62756151
  • Lab Add: Room 305, Mechanics Building 1
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1999  Ph. D. Peking University

1995  M. S. Tianjin University

1992  B. S. Shandong University

Research Areas

Hydrodynamic Instabilities,

Laminar-turbulent Transition,

Flow Control

Research Profile
Tao's Group mainly study hydrodynamic instabilities and laminar-turbulent transition in boundary-layer flows, thermal convections in cavities and rotating annuluses, flow control and drag reduction etc.

Professional Honors and Awards
French Ministry of Science and New Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001
A.v. Humboldt Fellow, 2004
NSF Outstanding Young Researcher  2012

Professional Activities
Deputy General Secretary of CSTAM (Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics)
Editorial Board Member: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters; Acta Aerodynamica Sinica

Selected Recent Publications

1. Y. Bao, J. Tao (2014) Dynamic reactions of a free-pitching foil to the reverse Kármán vortices, Phys. Fluids  26, 031704.

2. Y.R. Zhao, J. Tao, O. Zikanov (2014) Transition to two-dimensionality in magnetohydrodynamic turbulent Taylor-Couette flow? Phys. Rev. E 89,033002

3. S.C. Zhao, J. Tao (2013) Destabilization of a liquid ring in the binormal direction, Phys. Fluids 25, 091703.

4. Y. Bao, J. Tao (2013) Active control of a cylinder wake flow by using a streamwise oscillating foil, Phys. Fluids 25?053601

5. J.Tao, Y. Bao (2013) Drag reduction of wake flow by shear-driven rotation, Phy. Rev. E  87, 023013

6. J. Tao, X.T. He, W.H. Ye, F.H. Busse ?2013? Nonlinear Rayleigh-Taylor instability of rotating inviscid fluids, Phys. Rev. E  , 87, 013001

7. J. Tao (2009) Critical Instability and Friction Scaling of Fluid Flows through Pipes with Rough Inner Surfaces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 264502

8. J. Tao and F.H. Busse (2009) Oblique roll instability in inclined buoyancy layers, Euro. J. Mech. B/Fluids  28, 532-540 

9. J. Tao (2006), Nonlinear global instability in buoyancy-driven boundary-layer flows,  J. Fluid Mech. 566, 377-388

10. J. Tao and F.H. Busse (2006) Thermal Convection in the Rotating Cylindrical Annulus and its Mean Zonal Flows, J. Fluid Mech.  552, 73 - 82.

11. J. Tao, P.Le Quere and S. Xin (2004) Spatio-temporal instability of the natural-convection boundary layer in thermally stratified medium, J. Fluid Mech. 518, 363