November 7, 2019

Computational Material Synthesis

Nowadays, with the rapid advancement of material frabrication technologies and the manusfacturing process, there are enormous amount of new multi-fuctional materails with a large variety of applications. While most of the recent developed materials are nanocomposites such as nano-particles, nano-sheets or nano-scale transitional metals. In order to enhance our understanding of the properties of such materials, it is essential to develop computational predictive models to simulate the mechanical, electrical, chemical or even flammability properties of the polymer composites, where input data can be achieved via molecular dynamics modelling.

Characterisation of Burning Kinetics for Australian Furniture Materials

During the previous two investigations, it was discovered that one of the main difficulties of structural fire modelling is to determine the furniture materials pyrolysing properties. This is because the chemical behaviour and comprising components for most standard furniture are yet to be investigated. In order to obtain the burn profile and measure the chemical content of some major Australian standard furniture, a new project is undertaken recently by Fire & Rescue, NSW in collaboration to University of Science and Technology of China. In this project, chemical data will be obtained through cone calorimeter experiments for different furniture samples. These data will be imported to our developed pyrolysis model to improve the description of the solid pyrolysis processes.