Six focused projects have been identified in consultation with CSIRO and 13 other Partner Organisations (POs) to target key knowledge gaps and industry’s needs as well as to deliver the highest return-on-investment. Both fundamental and applied research will be conducted under the four core thematic research areas to tackle the critical challenges facing our POs.
Novel strategies to combine nano-particles with existing flame retardants through nano-filter technology.
Improving the mechanisms of flame retardancy through the combination of nanocomposites with existing flame retardants.
durable nano-coatings to produce strong, dense, crack-free flame-retarding surface layers to protect insulating structural materials.
Multi-scale computational models that capture the flammability properties, thermal degradation, and combustion characteristics of advanced lightweight materials and structures.
Develop innovative fire suppression systems as well as practical fire control strategies.
Investigate how the evacuation of people in the event of building fire is affected by the human behavioural response to a fire situation subject to the burning of lightweight materials.
Establish new fire tests and standards to ensure that more robust fire safety provisions are provided for advanced materials and applications.