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State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems

The State Key Laboratory for Turbulence was founded and officially approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 1995, initiated by distinguished Chinese scientist -  Peiyuan Zhou, one of the pioneers of turbulent models. Since its establishment, the laboratory has launched a series of initiatives to broaden the areas of research related to turbulence studies. Most notably, it has expanded to include the studies of other complex systems such as biological systems, ecological systems, and human systems. In 2001, the laboratory was officially renamed the State Key Laboratory of Turbulence and Complex Systems.

The laboratory is open to the international community and eager to promote exchange and cooperation. It strongly encourages innovative research ideas and supports academic freedom.

Research Staff

There are 44 full-time researchers, including one Chinese Academy of Sciences academician, four "National One Thousand Talents Plan" scholars, five "Cheung Kong Scholar" chair professors, and eight recipients of the "National Natural Science Foundation Outstanding Young Researcher” award.

Several researchers serve as editors or editorial board members for more than 20 international journals and have cumulatively given more than 200 reports in international conferences. The lab has set up an innovation team of the Ministry of Education and an innovation research group of the National Science Foundation. The lab has educated over 300 Ph.D. and master's students during the past five years.

Main Research Areas

  • Turbulence

      Structure of turbulence and its multi-scale interactions mechanism; stability theory; compressible flow; high performance computing; high precision measurement; application in aerospace engineering

  • Mechanics in aerospace application

      Modeling of multi-scale, multi-phase, multi-component problems in aerodynamic design, engine design, materials design and control.

  • Interdisciplinary study of complex systems

      Biological systems, medical materials, human kinesiology, intelligent control, ecosystem modeling.


Mechanics Building, College of Engineering, Peking University, Haidian District, Beijing 100871, China


Shiyi Chen

Ph.D., Professor

Contact us

Shaoyan Mou

Tel: +86-10-62757944