Cunbiao Lee

Ph.D., Professor

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, College of Engineering, Peking University
State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex System

Office Add: Room 313, Mechanics building

Office Tel: +86-10-62755098

Fax: +86-10-62755098

Email: cblee(at)




•B.S., Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1984

•M.S., Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1990

•Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Beihang University, 1995



Research Areas

Fluid Mechanics, Experimental Fluid Mechanics



Research Profile

At present, Professor Cunbiao Lee’s current research interests include:

1.Boundary layer transition
2.Hypersonic instability
3.Turbulent boundary layer/shock wave interaction
4.Falling thin disc in water
5.Water /air interface
6.Density current  

He has been pursuing a wide range of efforts on experimental research, including development of advanced facilities. He has once developed a 1m ×1m low turbulence wind tunnel in 2008. What is more, he designed a Mach 6 quiet hypersonic wind tunnel in 2010 and the facility is now working quite successfully (the non-uniformity of Mach number is no more than 0.3%). Even more important, he has also developed advanced experimental techniques such as DPIV measurements in the vicinity of the wall, six-dimensional measurements of free flying bodies in fluid etc.



Professional Honors and Awards

•Chinese Academy of Sciences Science and Technology Progress Second Prize, 1998.

•National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 2005



Professional Activities

•Vice Director: State Key Laboratory for Turbulence Research

•Member: Science and Technology Committee of Ministry of Education of China

•Final Review Committee Member: NSF of China

•Editorial Advisory Board Member: Experiments in Fluids




Selected Recent Publications

A. Journal Articles:

*1. Lee, CB; Peng, HW; Yuan, HJ; Wu, Jie-Zhi; Zhou, MD; Hussain, Fazle, Experimental studies of surface wave inside a cylindrical container. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 677, 1-24 2011

*2. Zhong, HJ; Chen, SY; Lee, CB, Experimental study of freely falling thin disks: transition from planar zigzag to spiral. Physics of Fluids, 23 (1): 011702-011702-4 2011

3.Chen, SZ; Jin, CQ; Lee, CB; Cai, QD, Gas kinetic scheme with discontinuous derivative for low speed flow computation, J. Computational Phys, 230 (5): 2045-2059 2011

*4. Peng, M; Lee, CB, Frontal instability of lock-exchange gravity currents, Modern Physics Letters B, 24 (13): 1369-1372 2010

5.Zhong, HJ; Lee, CB, Paths of freely falling disks, Modern Physics Letters B, 23 (3): 373-376 2009

6.Peng, HW; Lee, CB, Periodic tripling and jet eruption of forced steep gravity waves, Modern Physics Letters B, 23 (3): 397-400  2009

*7. Lee, CB; Wu, JZ, Transition in wall-bounded flows, APPLIED MECHANICS REVIEWS, 61 (3): Art. No. 030802 MAY 2008

8.Peng, HW; Li, RQ; Cheng, SZ, Lee, CB, Correlation dimension analysis and capillary wave turbulence in Dragon-Wash phenomena, CHINESE PHYSICS B, 17 (2): 637-643 FEB 2008

*9. Lee, CB; Li, RQ, Dominant structure for turbulent production in a transitional boundary layer, JOURNAL OF TURBULENCE, 8 (55): 1-34 2007

*10. Chapter 2, Dynamics of boundary layer transition in Transition and turbulent control, World scientific, Eds. M. Gad-el-hak, 2005.   

11.Zhong, HJ; Yuan, HJ; Lee, CB, Breakup of oil film with holes on quiescent water surface, MODERN PHYSICS LETTERS B, 19 (28-29): 1591-1594 Sp. Iss. SI DEC 20 2005

12.Peng, HW; Wang, DJ; Lee, CB, Nonlinear low frequency water waves in a cylindrical shell, MODERN PHYSICS LETTERS B, 19 (28-29): 1615-1618 Sp. Iss. SI DEC 20 2005

13.Li, RQ; Lee, CB, Problems in the paper "A link between chaos dynamics and the onset of turbulence in a transitional boundary layer", ACTA PHYSICA SINICA, 54 (1): 481-482 JAN 2005

14.Meng, QG; Cai, QD; Lee, CB, Limitation for the energy spectrum analysis for the understanding of the turbulent cascade, ACTA PHYSICA SINICA, 53 (9): 3090-3093 SEP 2004

15.Meng, QG; Li, RQ; Li, CB, A link between the turbulent cascade and the dynamics of transition, ACTA PHYSICA SINICA, 53 (8): 2621-2624 AUG 2004

*16. Lee, CB, Breakdown of the chain of ring vortices in a transitional boundary layer, CHINESE PHYSICS, 12 (12): 1429-1434 DEC 2003

17.Li, RQ; Lee, CB, A link between chaos dynamics and the onset of turbulence in a transitional boundary layer, ACTA PHYSICA SINICA, 51 (8): 1743-1749 AUG 2002

18.Borodulin, VI; Gaponenko, VR; Kachanov, YS; Meyer, DGW; Rist, U; Lian, QX; Lee, CB,  Late-stage transitional boundary-layer structures. Direct numerical simulation and experiment, THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS, 15 (5): 317-337 MAY 2002

19.Gong, AL; Li, RQ; Lee, CB, On the generation of low-frequency signals in a transitional boundary layer, ACTA PHYSICA SINICA, 51 (5): 1068-1074 MAY 2002

*20. Lee, CB; Fu, S, On the formation of the chain of ring-like vortices in a transitional boundary layer, EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS, 30 (3): 354-357 MAR 2001

*21. Lee, CB, On the formation of the streamwise vortex in a transitional boundary layer, ACTA PHYSICA SINICA, 50 (1): 182-184 JAN 2001

*22. Lee, CB, Possible universal transitional scenario in a flat plate boundary layer: Measurement and visualization, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 62 (3): 3659-3670 Part A SEP 2000

23.Lee, CB; Fu, S, Formation of the chain of ring-like vortices in a transitional boundary layer, CHINESE PHYSICS LETTERS, 17 (8): 583-585 2000

24.Lee, CB; Fu, S, On the breakdown of a long streak in a transitional boundary layer, CHINESE PHYSICS, 9 (7): 508-514 JUL 2000

25.Lee, CB; Hong, ZX; Kachanov, YS; Borodulin, VI; Gaponenko, VV, A study in transitional flat plate boundary layers: measurement and visualization, EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS, 28 (3): 243-251 MAR 2000

*26. Lee, CB, New features of CS solitons and the formation of vortices, PHYSICS LETTERS A, 247 (6): 397-402 OCT 26 1998

The papers with * are the major publications on boundary layer transition.

B. Conference Invited Lectures:

1.The 8th China-Japan Workshop on Turbulent Flows: Turbulent Production in Wall-bounded Flows, Japan, 6-8 April, 2009


2.International Symposium on Turbulence: Transition in boundary layer. Peking University, 21-25 September, 2009

3.The 3rd International Symposium on Physics of Fluids: Transition in boundary layer. Jiuzhaigou China, 15-19 June, 2009

4.The 4th International Conference on Experimental mechanics: Freely falling disk, Singapore, 18-20 Nov, 2009.

5.The 2nd International Cavitation Forum 2008: On the dynamics in transitional boundary layer, University of Warwick, 7-9 July, 2008

6.Workshop on Wall bounded shear flows: Transition and Turbulence, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, 8-12 September, 2008

7.The 5th International Conference on Nonlinear Mechanics: Transition in a boundary layer, 2007, Shanghai, China

8.The Conference of Global Chinese on Hydrodynamics, Transition in a boundary layer,  2006, Workshop on Fluid Turbulence: On the transition in a boundary layer, La Fonda Hotel, Santa FE, New Mexico, U.S.A., 18-21 July, 2005

9.International Conference on Mathematical Fluid Dynamics: Transition in boundary layer. Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Hyderabad, 2-7 December, 2004

10.Turbulent program: Transition in a boundary layer (1), (2), University of Singapore, 2004