Nanotechnology and bio-inspired flame retardants
Novel strategies to combine nano-particles with existing flame retardants through nano-filler technology.
Multi-scale computational models for fire propagation
Multi-scale computational models that capture the flammability properties, thermal degradation, and combustion characteristics of advanced lightweight materials and structures.
Innovative fire suppression and fire control approaches
Develop innovative fire suppression systems as well as practical fire control strategies.
Human behavioural models for crowd movement
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.
Fire Testing and Standards
Establish new fire tests and standards to ensure that more robust fire safety provisions are provided for advanced materials and applications.
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This Training Centre, which strongly aligns with the Advanced Manufacturing priority, brings together an outstanding team of 39 Chief and Partner Investigators from 27 organisations from Australia, Hong Kong, China, UK and USA to provide high quality training of 19 industry-focused fire researchers. Through joint ARC Discovery, Linkage, and other industry-supported projects, the five Australian universities of this Training Centre (UNSW, RMIT, WSU, USQ and Uni Adelaide) have established strong collaborative research track records in flame retardant materials, performance of structures under fire, and modelling of the propagation process of fire.
With the rapid increase in applications of lithium-ion battery systems especially for electrical vehicles (EVs), battery fire prevention and suppression have become vital topics to be addressed within the fire safety community. Recently, our team including Ao Li, Hengrui Liu and Anthony Chun Yin Yuen has explored innovative approaches to improve the design and reliance Read more about Series of works towards enhancement in battery thermal management systems[…]
CityU/UNSW Research Forum Workshop on AI and Advanced Modelling Techniques for Flame-Retardant Materials
The Research Forum Workshop was successfully held on 22/03/2022. This workshop is a research communication between UNSW and CityU on the topic of AI and Advanced Modelling Techniques for Flame-Retardant Materials. Dr. Anthony Yuen from UNSW and Prof. Eric Lee from CityU attended the workshop. Six presenters delivered their presentations during the workshop. The presentation Read more about CityU/UNSW Research Forum Workshop on AI and Advanced Modelling Techniques for Flame-Retardant Materials[…]
News article on our recently material advancements in Sydney Morning Hearld titled “Nuclear scientists think they’ve cracked the key to fighting fire in Australia”
In a collaboration between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the University of NSW, they have fashioned an ultra-light fireproof material that could revolutionize firefighting gear and protect household items including beds and sofas with a simple coating. Please kindly refer to the following link for the news article: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nuclear-scientists-think-they-ve-cracked-the-key-to-fighting-fire-in-australia-20220128-p59s02.html#comments Photo Read more about News article on our recently material advancements in Sydney Morning Hearld titled “Nuclear scientists think they’ve cracked the key to fighting fire in Australia”[…]
Scientists from UNSW and ANSTO have characterised the structure of advanced materials, that could be used as a lightweight fire-retardant filler. Fire retardant materials can self-extinguish if they ignite. A team under Professor Guan Heng Yeoh, Director of the ARC Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies at UNSW and Thermal-Hydraulic Specialist at ANSTO, are working to commercialise Read more about Investigating a prospective light-weight fire retardant material with superior properties[…]
New ARC Discovery Project – Engineered interlayers of bio-retardant and nano-reinforcement on polymers
Our ARC Discovery Project (DP220101427) entitled “Engineered interlayers of bio-retardant and nano-reinforcement on polymers” led by CIs Prof Guan Heng Yeoh and Dr Anthony Chun Yin Yuen has been successful (totalling 332.3k). In collaboration with PI Prof Jaime Grunlan @TAMU, we aim to develop a highly effective lightweight coating for polymeric materials, with the aid Read more about New ARC Discovery Project – Engineered interlayers of bio-retardant and nano-reinforcement on polymers[…]
Recently, we have discovered an alternative approach to characterise the morphology of two-dimensional nanosheet structures via atomic physical measurements. This strategy allows us to measure quantitative neutron scattering measurements to comprehensively analysis the shape and dimensions of the nanosheets. As a first study, we attempt to study the thickness and size of a recently arisen Read more about Alternative fundemental material characterisation techniques via neutron beam scattering[…]
Evaluating the fire risk associated with cladding panels: An overview of fire incidents, policies, and future perspective in fire standards
Combining the effort by our research members, we have carried out a review on the past fire scenarios involving external wall systems. Please refer to the following link for this latest publication: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/fam.2973 Abstract: Multifunctional building façades have become an increasingly critical component in modern buildings, especially after the tremendous scrutiny triggered by the utilization Read more about Evaluating the fire risk associated with cladding panels: An overview of fire incidents, policies, and future perspective in fire standards[…]
ARC Training Center for Fire Safety member Hengrui Liu and alumni Yu Han presented their research works at the International Symposium on Numerical Methods in Heat and Mass Transfer (ISNMHMT2020) in NingBo, China.
Partner with Jacobs Engineering (Dr David Lo Jacono and Jiayun Hao), the Smart Fire Sprinkler Team is the UNSW Maker Games Winners for the year 2020. The unique design of their bushfire prevention and fighting system “EMBER EYE” embraces advanced imaging processing, impact sprinkler technology, digital control algorithms and the effectiveness is verified by computational Read more about Congratulations to the Smart Fire Sprinkler (funded by Jacobs) in winning the Maker Games 2020[…]
Dear Colleagues, Lightweight, high-performance composite materials, such as fibre-reinforced polymers, are rapidly replacing conventional building materials. Nevertheless, these polymeric materials are often associated with life-threatening fire hazards due to the production of toxic substances in the event of fires. Fire incidents caused by these highly flammable polymers have increased dramatically over the last decade. Therefore, Read more about MDPI Molecules Special Issue “New Prospects in Flame-Retardant Materials”[…]