Contact Dr Yuchun Xu

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Product and Service Design
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Throughlife Engineering Services
  • Vehicle Health Management


Dr Yuchun Xu joined Cranfield University as a Lecturer in June 2008. He is currently the Admission Tutor for MSc Manufacturing Programme (since 2011), and Director of PgCert in Cost Engineering course. He is a member of Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE). He has been active in research and has been the Member of International Programme Committee, Session Chair/Co-Chair of a number of international conferences.
Yuchun's current research area broadly covers cost engineering, life cycle modelling and cost analysis, design to cost; decision making and multidisciplinary optimisation; Remanufacture/repair/recycle and optimisation of End-of-Life Strategies; Sustainable design and manufacturing; Process modelling & improvement, quality management; and integrated maintenance to improve systems’ through-life service.
Yuchun obtained his BEng (Hons) degreein Automotive Engineering, and a PhD in Manufacturing Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China in 1999. Prior to Cranfield University, he mainly worked as a Research Fellow/Associate in Queens University Belfast, Cardiff University and Tianjin University (China). He has built up experience in both traditional and non-traditional machining (such as Electrical Discharge machining etc.), mechatronics, instrumentation, and reverse engineering.
Yuchun has been actively collaborating with industry through his projects; his industrial customers vary from medium to multi-national companies including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and QinetiQ. He is open for collaboration with both industry and academia.

Current activities

His research interests and expertise are in:

  • Cost Engineering
  • Life Cycle Modelling and Costing
  • Remanufacture/Repair/Recycle and optimisation of End-of-Life Strategies
  • Sustainable Design and Manufacturing
  • Decision Making
  • Process Modelling and Quality Management
  • Integrated Maintenance

Dr Yuchun Xu is the Course Tutor of the Cost Engineering postgraduate programme.


  • EU FP7
  • TSB
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Airbus
  • QinetiQ


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