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”[…]

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[…]

Alternative fundemental material characterisation techniques via neutron beam scattering

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[…]

Congratulations to the Smart Fire Sprinkler (funded by Jacobs) in winning the Maker Games 2020

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[…]

International Conference on Production, Energy & Reliability (ICPER2020) – Call for papers

Dear fellow Colleagues, On behalf of our Centre Director Prof Guan Heng Yeoh, also an advisory committee member of ICPER2020, we proudly invite you to submit your work on production, energy, sustainability and reliability. This conference will be held in the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), Kuching, Malaysisa, on 14-16 July 2020. The paper submission Read more about International Conference on Production, Energy & Reliability (ICPER2020) – Call for papers[…]

Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Formulate Simulation Inputs for Fire Models

Inspired by the advanment of repid development in “machine learning” techniques, we now proposed using genetic algorithm theory to optimise the pyrolysis kinetics input data of any polymer composites for our fire field models (i.e. computational fluid dynamics based). Typically, pyrolysis kinetics is extracted via thermal gravemetry (TGA), where the solid decomposition is studied in Read more about Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Formulate Simulation Inputs for Fire Models[…]

AFAC19 – Research Forum presentation

On 27th August 2019, our Centre Director Prof Guan Heng Yeoh has delivered a plenary section in the AFAC19 research forum hosted in Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Victoria, Australia. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) is a national council for fire & emergency service, partnering with Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC and Read more about AFAC19 – Research Forum presentation[…]

Using New 2D Nano-sheet Materials to Enhance Fire Safety for Lithium-ion Batteries

MXenes are a newly discovered class of two dimensional transition metal carbides, nitrides and carbonnitrides. They are emerging materials for electrochemical storage and possible use in lithiumion batteries for applications such as cell phones and electric vehicles. However, their practical applications are currently limited by challenges with manufacturing, and fire and explosion safety.

Developing a Predictive Model for Soot Particle Distribution

We have recently developed our own predictive model to understand soot particle size distribution adopting the Discrete Quadrature Method of Moments (DQMOM) Population Balance Approach (PBA). Using this technique, we can simulate the variation of size and number of particulates for any given time and space in enclosure field. This model incorporates interactive fire phenomena, Read more about Developing a Predictive Model for Soot Particle Distribution[…]