Dr Yuchun Xu

Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering

Phone number: 44(0)121 204 3291
Email: y.xu16@aston.ac.uk
Room: MB 147C

Yuchun Xu EAS


Yuchun joined the Aston School of Engineering and Applied Science in July 2017. His main background is in manufacturing engineering, mechatronics, instrumentation, and operations management. Prior to Aston, Yuchun worked as a lecturer in Manufacturing Division at Cranfield University. Even before, Yuchun mainly worked as postdoctoral researcher in Queen’s University Belfast, Cardiff University in UK, and Tianjin University in China. Yuchun also worked in IT industry shortly in Shanghai, China before he moved to UK in 2002. 

  • PhD in Manufacturing Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 1999
  • BEng with 1st Class Honours in Automotive Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 1993
  • 2008 – 2017: Lecturer, Manufacturing Division, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, UK. 
  • 2005 – 2008: Research Fellow, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University of Belfast, UK. 
  • 2003 – 2005: Project Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, UK. 
  • 2001 – 2002: Department Manager, Technical Centre, Great Wall Broadband Network Ltd., Shanghai, China. 
  • 1999 – 2001: Postdoctoral Researcher, National Key Laboratory of Precision Measuring Technology and Instruments, School of Precision Instrument & Opto-electronics Engineering, Tianjin University, China.

Yuchun’s main research interest and activities include: Industry 4.0, Digital & Intelligent Manufacturing, Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Integrated Maintenance, Product Lifecycle Engineering, Cost Engineering, and Operations Management. His research work are closely linked with industry, including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, QinetiQ, and Network Rail etc.

  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review Group                                                                  

EPSRC Project: AUTONOM: Integrated Through-life Support for High-Value Systems (EP/J011630/1, £930K, 2012 – 2016, Co-Investigator) 

EU Marie Curie IRSES project: Customised Advisory Services for Energy-efficient manufacturing Systems (CASES) (294931, FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES-"CASES", €88K/€379,400, 2012 – 2016, Principal Investigator in Cranfield)

EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services (EP/I033246/1, £5.83M, 2011 – 2016, Co-Investigator)

EPSRC DTA Project with Rolls-Royce: Optimise Repair Technology Selection and Model the Repair Knowledge to Support Efficient Knowledge Share in Aero Engine Design (£95K, 2012 – 2015, Principal Investigator) 

KTP Project with SMS Ltd.: Develop an Integrated Design Methodology for Microwave Products (KTP 7624, £132K, 2010 – 2012, Principal Investigator) 

KTP Project with Rolls-Royce plc.: Develop a Service Knowledge Backbone System Prototype Toolset (KTP 7767, £133K, 2010 – 2012, Co-Investigator)

ERDF, EEDA and JEB Engineering Design Ltd.: Develop a Qualification and Validation process for Medical Devices (£60K, 2011-2012, Co-Investigator)

  • Design and Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering
  • Yuchun has completed and been supervising 8 PhD students, and 7 MPhil or MSc by Research students.
  • There are research opportunities from time to time in the following areas (not limited to) : Industry 4.0, Digital Manufacturing, Intelligent Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technologies, Mechatronics, Lifecycle Engineering, Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, and Asset Management. Please contact Yuchun directly for any enquiries regarding current research opportunities.


•Book chapters

•Y. Xu, J. F. Sanchez, J. Njuguna,  “Re-manufacturing and whole-life costing of lightweight components”, Lightweight Composite Structures in Transport: Design, Manufacturing, Analysis and Performance (2016)

•Journal articles (11 published since 2012)

•C, Turner, A. Tiwari, Y. Xu, H. C. Chen, Development of a Validation and Qualification Process for the Manufacturing of Medical Devices: A Case Study Based on Cross-Sector Benchmarking, International  Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking (accepted)

•D. Tang, Q. Wang, L. Yin, M. A. Salido, A. Giret, Y. Xu, “Bi-objective optimization for low-carbon product family design”, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing , 2016, 41, pp53–65

•T. F. Chay, Y. Xu, A. Tiwari, “Towards lean transformation: the analysis of lean implementation frameworks”, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 2015, 26 (7), pp1031-1052

•M. Dai, D. Tang, Y Xu, W. Li, “Energy-aware integrated process planning and scheduling for job shops”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 2015, 229(S1), pp13–26

•Masood, T., Roy, R., Harrison, A., Gregson, S., Xu, Y., Reeve, C., “Integrating through-life engineering service knowledge with product design and manufacture”, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 2015, 28 (1) pp59-74

•Y. Xu, J. F. Sanchez, J. Njuguna, “Cost modelling to support optimised selection of End-of-Life options for automotive components”, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 2014, 73(1): pp399-407

•Y. Xu, W. Feng, “Develop a Cost Model to Assess the Economic Benefit of Remanufacturing”, Journal of Remanufacturing, 2014, 4:4

•Yiyong Xiao, Renqian Zhang, Qiuhong Zhao, Ikou Kakuc, Yuchun Xu, “A variable neighborhood search with an effective local search for uncapacitated multilevel lot-sizing problems”, European Journal of Operational Research, 2014, 235(1), pp102-114

•Zhang D., Hu D., Xu Y., Zhang H., “A Framework for Design Knowledge Management and Reuse for Product-Service Systems in Construction Machinery Industry”, Computers in Industry, 2012, 63 (4): pp328-337

•Turner, C.J., Tiwari, A., Olaiya, R. and Xu, Y., “Process Mining: From Theory to Practice”, Business Process Management Journal, 2012, 18 (3): pp493-512

•Y. Xiao, Q. Zhao, I. Kaku and Y. Xu, “Development of a Fuel Consumption Optimization Model for the Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem”, Computers & Operations Research, 2011, 39 (7): pp1419-1431

•Y. Xu, F. Elgh, J. A. Erkoyuncu, O. Bankole, Y. Goh, W. Cheung, P. Baguley, Q. Wang, P. Arundachawat, E. Shehab, L. Newnes, R. Roy, “Cost Engineering for Manufacturing: Current and Future Research”, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 2012, 25 (4-5), pp300–314

•Huang Zhaodong, Chang Wenbing, Xiao Yiyong, Xu Yuchun, Liu Rui, “Human Resources Allocation for Aircraft Maintenance with Predefined Sequence”, Journal of Systems Engineering and Electronics, 2010, 21(6), pp1008–1013

•N. Dunne, Y. Xu, J. Makem, J. Orr, “Ultrasonic Characterisation of the Mechanical Properties and Polymerisation Reaction of Acrylic Based Bone Cements”, Journal of Engineering in Medicine (Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H), 2007, Vol. 221, 251-261.

•N. Dunne, Y. Xu, C. Daly, J. Makem, G. Walker, J. Orr, "Experimental Investigation of an Operator Independent Bone Cement Vacuum Mixing System for Joint Replacement Surgery", Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering, 2006, Vol. 35 (8), 317-323.

•Zhang, G. X., Xu, Y. C., Xie, Z. X., Du, Y., & Li, Z., “A System for Measuring High-reflective Sculptured Surfaces Using Optical Noncontact Probe”, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 2001, 50 (1), 369-372.

•Conference papers

•C. Mgbemena, J. Oyekan, A. Tiwari, Y. Xu, S. Fletcher, W. Hutabarat and V. Prabhu, “Gesture detection towards real-time ergonomic analysis for intelligent automation assistance”, Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) 2016 Conference Proceedings, Orlando, Florida, USA, 29th – 31st July 2016

•Xu, M. Chen, “Improving Just-in-Time manufacturing operation by using Internet of Things based solutions”, Procedia CIRP, 2016, 56: pp326-331

•F. Ocal, Y. Xu, “Using NDT Techniques to Detect and Characterise the Damage of End-Of-Life Components in Remanufacturing”, Proceedings of  International Conference of Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014 (SDM14), Cardiff, 29th – 30th April, 2014

•Y. Xu, M. K. Malisetty, M. Round, “Configuration management in aerospace industry”, Procedia CIRP, 2013, 11: pp183-186

•Y. Xu, W. Feng, “Develop a Cost Model to Assess the Economic Benefit of Remanufacturing”, The 6th International Conference on Design and Manufacture for Sustainable Development (ICDMSD 2013), 6-05, pp. 237-243, 15th -16th April 2013, Hangzhou, China

•Masood, T., Roy, R., Harrison, A., Gregson, S., Xu, Y. and C. Reeve (2011). “Challenges in Digital Feedback of Through-Life Engineering Service Knowledge to Product Design and Manufacture”, 7th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology (DET-2011), Athens, Greece, 28th – 30th September 2011, pp447-457

•D. Zhang, D. Hu, Y. Xu, “Development of a Process Based Product Design Knowledge Reuse System”, The 8th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery, 26th – 28th July 2011, Shanghai, China

•Dongmin Zhang, Dachao Hu, Yuchun Xu, “A Framework for Ontology-based Product Design Knowledge Management”, Proceedings of the 2010 Seventh International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (FSKD 2010), pp1751-1755

•Y. Xu, R. Roy, G. Cassaro, J. Ramsden, Development of a cost estimating framework for nanotechnology based products, Proceedings of the 16th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering (CE2009), pp193-201

•X. Tan, J. Wang, Y. Xu, R. Curran, S. Raghunathan, D. Gore, and J. Doherty, “Risk Analysis in Lifecycle Costing of Aluminium”, the 12th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, September 2008, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, AIAA2008-5826

•Y. Xu, J. Wang, X. Tan, S. Raghunathan, J. Doherty, and D. Gore, “A Generic Life Cycle Cost Modeling Approach for Aircraft System”, Proceedings of the 15th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering (CE2008), pp251-258

•X. Tan, J. Wang, Y. Xu, S. Raghunathan, D. Gore, and J. Doherty, “Cost –Efficient Materials in Aerospace: Composite vs Aluminium”, Proceedings of the 15th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering (CE2008), pp259-266

•Y. Xu, J. Wang, X. Tan, R. Curran, S. Raghunathan, J. Doherty, and D. Gore, “Manufacturing Cost Modeling for Aircraft Wing”, Proceedings of Sixth International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR08), pp817-824

•Y. Xu, X. Tan, J. Wang, J. Early, R. Curran, S. Raghunathan, J. Doherty, D. Gore, “Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Approach for Modeling Life Cycle Cost of Aircraft Wing”, the 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, January 2008, Reno, Nevada, USA, AIAA2008-1118

•X. Tan, J. Wang, Y. Xu, S. Raghunathan, D. Gore and J. Doherty, “Costing of Aluminium Process for Life Cycle”, the 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, January 2008, Reno, Nevada, USA, AIAA2008-1123.

•X. Tan, Y. Xu, J. Early, J. Wang, R. Curran, S. Raghunathan, “A Framework for Systematically Estimating Life Cycle Cost for Integrated Wing”, the 7th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference (ATIO2007), AIAA2007-7809.