Prof. Defu CHE

Defu CHE, born in November 1962, Ph.D.,  

Prof. & Chair of Thermal Engineering Department

Director of Boiler Research Institute.


Tel:  029-82665185
School of Energy & Power Engineering 
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, 710049, P. R. China

Research Interests

  • Boiler and heat exchanger design;
  • Multiphase flow and heat transfer;
  • Combustion of fossil fuels and pollutant emission control;
  • Comprehensive utilization of low grade heat energy;
  • CFD and CAD.

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  • B. A., Thermal Engineering,  Xi’an Jiaotong University  1983
  • M. A., Thermal Engineering,  Xi’an Jiaotong Universtiy  1986
  • Ph.D., Thermal Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University  1990
  • Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland  1989-1990
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, University of California  1995-1996

Major Social Positions

  • Member of Boiler Committee, Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering; 
  • Editorial Board Member of Fundamental Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering; 
  • Editorial Board Member of The Open Fuels&Energy Science Journal.

International Exchange


Latest Papers


1.   Du, Y., et al., Computational fluid dynamics investigation on the effect of co-firing semi-coke and bituminous coal in a 300MW tangentially fired boiler. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part a-Journal of Power and Energy, 2019. 233(2): p. 221-231.

2.   Du, Y., et al., Competitive or additive behavior for H2O and CO2 gasification of coal char? Exploration via simplistic atomistic simulation. Carbon, 2019. 141: p. 226-237.

3.   Liu, H., et al., Effect of FGR position on the characteristics of combustion, emission and flue gas temperature deviation in a 1000 MW tower-type double-reheat boiler with deep-air-staging. Fuel, 2019. 246: p. 285-294.

4.   Wang, C.a., et al., Numerical Investigation on Co-firing Characteristics of Semi-Coke and Lean Coal in a 600 MW Supercritical Wall-Fired Boiler. Applied Sciences-Basel, 2019. 9(5).

5.   Wang, L., et al., A novel design of rotary regenerative condensing heat exchanger for the dehydration from high humidity flue gas. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2019. 131: p. 517-526.

6.   Zhang, J., et al., Experimental investigation on combustion and NO formation characteristics of semi-coke and bituminous coal blends. Fuel, 2019. 247: p. 87-96.

7.  Zhu, X., et al., Thermodynamic and economic analysis on a two-stage predrying lignite-fueled power plant. Drying Technology, 2019. 37(1): p. 26-37.


1.   Deng, L., et al., Transformation and release of potassium during fixed-bed pyrolysis of biomass. Journal of the Energy Institute, 2018. 91(4): p. 630-637.

2.   Han, T., et al., Optimization of waste heat recovery power generation system for cement plant by combining pinch and energy analysis methods. Applied Thermal Engineering, 2018. 140: p. 334-340.

3.   Liu, Y., et al., Thermal analysis on combustion characteristics of predried dyeing sludge. Applied Thermal Engineering, 2018. 140: p. 158-165.

4.   Liu, Y., et al., Thermodynamic analysis of a modified system for a 1000 MW single reheat ultra-supercritical thermal power plant. Energy, 2018. 145: p. 25-37.

5.   Lv, Q., et al., Investigation on elemental mercury removal and antideactivation performance of modified SCR catalysts. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2018. 13(4).

6.   Lv, Q., et al., Combustion and heat transfer characteristics of co-firing biomass and coal under oxy-fuel condition. International Journal of Energy Research, 2018. 42(13): p. 4170-4183.

7.   Wang, C.a., et al., Ash deposition and sodium migration behaviors during combustion of Zhundong coals in a drop tube furnace. Journal of the Energy Institute, 2018. 91(2): p. 251-261.

8.   Wang, C.a., et al., Experimental Study on NOx Reduction in Oxy-fuel Combustion Using Synthetic Coals with Pyridinic or Pyrrolic Nitrogen. Applied Sciences-Basel, 2018. 8(12).

9.   Wang, C.a., et al., Effects of silicoaluminate oxide and coal blending on combustion behaviors and kinetics of zhundong coal under oxy-fuel condition. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 2018. 134(3): p. 1975-1986.

10.  Zha, Q., et al., Rapid pyrolysis and CO2 gasification of anthracite at high temperature. Journal of the Energy Institute, 2018. 91(6): p. 1143-1152.