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[…]

Official Launch Event

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies has been officially launched on the 2nd of July 2019. Partnering with government bodies, domestic and international companies and universities, this training centre will create knowledge on novel green and durable fire retardant materials, advanced fire models for urban and built Read more about Official Launch Event[…]

ARC Training Centre in Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies Workshop

ARC Training Centre in Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies Workshop was held successfully on 1st of July, 2019. The topic of this workshop is “An Integrated Approach to Fire Protection of Building Materials and Structures”. It is a great opportunity and platform for academics, industrial partners and the government agencies to get together and Read more about ARC Training Centre in Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies Workshop[…]

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[…]

Development of bio-based fire retardants from apples

Recent advancement of bio-based aerogels has shown large potential as an absorbent material for resolving the global crude oil leakage issue. Owing to the bio-degradable features, these materials causes less damage to the ocean ecosystem while can effectively remove the oil pollution. A good example of bio-based aerogel material is pectin, which is an organic Read more about Development of bio-based fire retardants from apples[…]

Fire Retardant Materials and Structures Capability Showcased in UNSW defence portfolio

On the 26 October 2018, the ARC Fire Training Centre participated in the UNSW Defence Industry Showcase in Spotless Stadium, Homebush, NSW. The event showcased UNSW excellence in defence research and technology and highlighted the University’s many relevant defence research capabilities and technologies. More than 700 senior defence, defence industry, government and affiliated representatives were Read more about Fire Retardant Materials and Structures Capability Showcased in UNSW defence portfolio[…]

Formulating an informative database for flame retarded materials

Recently, we have successfully developed a systematic framework to extract key pyrolysis kinetics for wood-based materials (DOI: 10.1177/0734904118800907). We can utilize these kinetics into our fire simulation models to gain more understanding of the burning characteristics of solid combustibles. From there, we are now aiming to further characteristic the morphological structure and detailed gas volatile Read more about Formulating an informative database for flame retarded materials[…]