the State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems

Director: Cunbiao Lee

Tel: +86-10-62755098



The State Key Laboratory for Turbulence was founded and officially approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 1995, initiated by the distinguished Chinese scientist, Prof. Peiyuan Zhou, who was 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 the studies of other complex mechanics and related issues. In 2001, approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the laboratory was officially renamed as the State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems.


Research Staff 

There are 56 full-time researchers, including 5 Chinese Academy of Sciences academicians, 9 "Cheung Kong Scholar" Chair Professors, and 14 recipients of "National Natural Science Foundation Outstanding Young Researcher” award. Researchers in the lab serve as editors or editorial board members in more than 20 international journals, and have given more than 200 reports in international conferences. Especially, Prof. Shiyi Chen delivered the opening lecture on ICTAM2012. The Lab has set up 2 innovation teams of the Ministry of Education, and 1 innovation research group of the National Science Foundation. It has graduated more than 300 PhDs and masters during the past 5 years.


 Main Research Areas 

Fundamental and applied research on turbulence 

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

Key mechanics problems in aerospace field

Focus on the modeling of multi-scale, multi-phase, multi-component problems in aerodynamic design, engine design, materials design and control. 

Complex flows

Enhance the blend of complex flows with solid mechanics, material science and control theory.


The laboratory is open to international community, which promotes exchanges and cooperation. It strongly encourages innovative research ideas and supports academic freedom.