Researcher

Dr Anthony Chun Yin Yuen

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Heat Transfer, Heat and Mass Transfer Operations, Composite Materials, Fire Management, Biomaterials, Simulation and Modelling, Composite and Hybrid Materials, Other Artificial Intelligence

Biography

I welcome students who are interested in research projects relevant to fire simulations, fire safety engineering, combustion models and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations in general. You are welcome to propose any topics while a list of my supervising topics can be found here (i.e. for MECH4952 Research Thesis students).

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I welcome students who are interested in research projects relevant to fire simulations, fire safety engineering, combustion models and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations in general. You are welcome to propose any topics while a list of my supervising topics can be found here (i.e. for MECH4952 Research Thesis students).

Apply for MMAN4951 Thesis (Undergraduate Thesis topics)

Apply for PhD and MPhil positions (see My Research Supervision below for topics)

Dr Yuen is currently appointed as Lecturer/Centre Manager for the ARC Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Protection Safety Technologies, and he works closely with Prof Guan Heng Yeoh (Centre Director). Before his PhD study at UNSW, he was supervised by Prof Yuguo Li at the University of Hong Kong for his final year undergraduate thesis dissertation, which was awarded best thesis. His major responsibilities include (i). managing the daily operation including experimentation, standardise fire tests and other related research activities; (ii). mentoring and facilitating PhD students to meet their dissertation and industrial partners expectations; (iii). working with Centre Research Follows for high-fidelity research projects (iv). hosting regular meetings with the academic and industrial committees to set up quarterly plans and goals; (v). maintain and ensure high standard and quality research outputs; (vi). transferring knowledge and technology advancements in the training centre to the industries and government agencies.

Qualifications and working experiences: Dr. Yuen obtained his PhD in June 2015 from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, supervised by Prof. Guan Heng Yeoh, and he continued his career as Research Associate (Jan 2015 - Sep 2018), and currently managing and running the ARC Training Centre for Fire Safety as Centre Manager (Oct 2018 - present) at School of Mech. & Manf. Eng. at UNSW specialising in fire safety science, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), bio-inspired flame retardants, organic flame retarding coating materials, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. He also gained professional engineering experiences at the Fire Division in Arup & Partners Engineering Consultancy in Hong Kong, and was actively involved in fire safety protection engineering projects. He is also currently a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, serving as an active member in the Fire Division Community. 

Research and outputs: As an early-career researcher, Dr. Yuen has >100 publications with >80 journal and 20 conference publications (with >1,400 citations and H-index of 23 on Google Scholar; >1,100 citations on ResearchGate), with core research focus on the development of fundamental fire predictive models, and the discovery of novel/sustainable fire-retardant nanocomposite materials. In addition, he has given invited presentations at international conferences, invited lectures in university and specialist consulting organisations. Dr. Yuen conducted his PhD study at UNSW on the thesis entitled: “On the Predictions of Combustion Products and Soot Particles in Compartment Fire” with key contributions on the developments of fire field models incorporating detailed chemical kinetics and soot mechanics exclusively for compartment fire scenarios. His research contributes to the fundamentals of thermal science incorporating Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technique with Large-Eddy-Simulation (LES), sub-grid scale (SGS) turbulence modelling, detailed chemistry in combustion modelling, soot formation mechanisms and radiation heat exchange, which has been proven to be applicable for compartment fire studies in accurately predicting the heat release rate, asphyxiant combustion and soot products. Lately, combining with material characterisation techniques with the aid of experimental methods, and the development of a three-dimensional pyrolysis model coupled with interaction to the flame, Dr Yuen's research is extended to the prediction of toxicity gas volatiles and smoke particulate releases from flame-retardant polymers (e.g. MXene, Boron Nitride nanosheets).

Editorship and Reviewing experiences: Dr Yuen is currently a Special Issue Guest Editor for the Journal Molecules (IF = 4.411) for the research topic "New Prospects in Flame-Retardant Materials", and a Guest Editor for the research topic of "Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials and Polymer Composites" in the Journal Frontier of Materials (IF = 3.515). In terms of international conference membership, Dr. Yuen is a local organising committee member of the AOSFST2021 conference (i.e. in association with the Fire Safety Journal). In addition, Dr. Yuen has extensive reviewing experiences (over 60 papers reviewed) in highly received journal articles, which includes Applied Energy, FuelProceedings of the Combustion Institute, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Composites Part B: Engineering, Fuel, MDPI Energies, MDPI Applied Science, MDPI Atmosphere (i.e. ranges from multi-disciplines across fire safety science including computational material science, flame retardants, fire modelling, combustion and soot particle formation models; other topics including computational fluid dynamics, multiphase flows, machine learning algorithms, sound and acoustics). 

Teaching: Dr. Yuen has been appointed as the “Course Convenor” for the course “MECH4620 - Computational Fluid Dynamics” since 2017. His responsibility includes (i) designing the outline and schedule for the course; (ii) delivering weekly-based lectures; (iii) assigning tutors for laboratory sessions; (iv) preparing assignments, major projects, online working tutorials and examination papers; (v) organising face-to-face consultation sessions and administrating online discussion forums. Previously, Dr. Yuen has gained substantial experiences in teaching and related activities at UNSW as a Demonstrator since 2011 till present as the Leading Demonstrator of the courses MATH 2089 – Numerical Methods and MECH 9620, MECH 4620 – Computational Fluid Dynamics fully responsible for coordinating, tutoring, meeting and discussing for enhancement lectured materials and assignment for the betterment of students’ learning experiences. In 2017, he led as the Main Course Developer the development of the self-learning/online package (i.e. online lessons for 10 weeks, 5 adaptive ANSYS CFX & FLUENT tutorials, 3 online assignments and 1 online mid-term test with scoring and automatic marks recording features) on the online platform - “SmartSparrow” for MECH 4620 – Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Technology transfer, services to industry and awards: Dr. Yuen is a partner investigator for the National Science Foundation US funded International Network - iFireNet: An international network of networks for prediction and management of wildland fires (link). In collaboration with the Fire Research Unit of Fire & Rescue, New South Wales, Australia, Dr. Yuen contributed his expertise in fire field model to aid the fire investigation of a tragic fire incident in an aged-care facility causing 14 fatalities. For the first time, in Australia, the numerical results were presented as evidence in court to convict the suspect for the arson fire. Dr. Yuen has been actively involved in the development of the Online Fire Safety Training Tool: E-fire Investigation (http//www.efireinvestigation.com.au/) for firefighters to understand the compartment fire development relating to fire loads. Dr. Yuen has recently been interview by the Guardian for the topic "Why are Sydney buses still going up in flames and what can be done about it?" Additionally, he was awarded by Daikin Scholarship for outstanding performance in the Building Design Project and Applied Research Project at the University of Hong Kong. In 2020T3, our ENGG3060 The Maker Games Smart Fire Sprinkler team (funded by Jacobs Engineering) has won first place in the competition, winning a total of $3,000 AUD price.

Journals:

  1. W. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen*, H. Long, W. Yang, A. Li, L Song, Y. Hu**, G. H. Yeoh, "Random nano-structuring of PVA/MXene membranes for outstanding flammability resistance and electromagnetic interference shielding performances," Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol. 224, pp.109174.
  2. L Liu, TBY Chen, ACY Yuen, PM Doley, C Wang, B Lin, J Liang, GH Yeoh, "A systematic approach to formulate numerical kinetics for furnishing materials fire simulation with validation procedure using cone/FT-IR data," Heat and Mass Transfer, pp. 1-19.
  3. A. C. Y. Yuen*1, T. B. Y. Chen1, B. Lin, W. Yang, I. I. Kabir, I. M. De Cachinho Cordeiro, A. E. Whitten, J. Mata, B. Yu, H. Lu, G. H. Yeoh, "Study of structure morphology and layer thickness of Ti3C2 MXene with Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)," Composites Part C, Vol. 5, pp. 100155, 2021.
  4. W. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen*, H. Long, W. Yang, A. Li, L. Song, Y. Hu, G. H. Yeoh, “Random nano-structuring of PVA/MXene membranes for outstanding flammability resistance and electromagnetic interference shielding performances,” Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol. 224, pp. 109174, 2021.
  5. I. M. De Cachinho Cordeiro, H. Liu, A. C. Y. Yuen*, T. B. Y. Chen, A. Li, R. F. Cao, G. H. Yeoh, Numerical investigation of expandable graphite suppression on metal-based fire, Heat and Mass Transfer, pp. 1-17, 2021. (Article In Press)
  6. A. C. Y. Yuen*, T. B. Y. Chen, A. Li, I. M. De Cachinho Cordeiro, L. Liu, H. Liu, A. L. P. Lo, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, "Evaluating the fire risk associated with cladding panels: An overview of fire incidents, policies, and future perspective in fire standards," Fire and Materials, pp. 1-27, 2021.
  7. L. Wang, E. W. M. Lee*, S. A. Hussian, A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Feng, “Quantitative impact analysis of driving factors on annual residential building energy end-use combining machine learning and stochastic methods,” Applied Energy, Vol. 299, pp. 117303, 2021.
  8. R. F. Cao, E. W. M. Lee, A. C. Y. Yuen*, Q. N. Chan, W. Xie, M. Shi, G. H. Yeoh, "Development of an evacuation model considering the impact of stress variation on evacuees under fire emergency," Safety Science, Vol. 138, pp. 105232, 2021.
  9. R. F. Cao, E. W. M. Lee, A. C. Y. Yuen*, T. B. Y. Chen, I. M. De Cachinho Cordeiro, M. Shi, X. Wei, G. H. Yeoh, "Simulation of competitive and cooperative egress movements on the crowd emergency evacuation," Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, Vol. 109, pp. 102309, 2021.
  10. I. M. De Cachinho Cordeiro, H. Liu, A. C. Y. Yuen*, T. B. Y. Chen, A. Li, G. H. Yeoh, “Numerical assessment of LES subgrid-scale turbulence models for expandable particles in fire suppression,” Experimental and Computational Multiphase Flow, 2021.
  11. H. Liu, I. M. De Cachinho Cordeiro, A. C. Y. Yuen*, C. Wang, A. Li, G. H. Yeoh, “Numerical modeling of wet steam infused fluid mixture for potential fire suppression applications,” Experimental and Computational Multiphase Flow, 2021.
  12. X. Fang, A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh, E. W. M. Lee, S. C. P. Cheung*, “Numerical study on using vortex flow to improve smoke exhaust efficiency in large-scale atrium fires,” Indoor and Built Environment, 2021.
  13. B. Lin, A. C. Y. Yuen*, T. B. Y. Chen, B. Yu, W. Yang, J. Zhang, Y. Yao, S. Wu, C. H. Wang, G. H. Yeoh, “Experimental and numerical perspective on the fire performance of MXene/Chitosan/Phytic acid coated flexible polyurethane foam,” Scientific Reports, Vol. 11, pp. 1-13, 2021.
  14. H. Liu, A. C. Y. Yuen*, I. M. De Cachino Cordeiro, Y. Han, T. B. Y. Chen, Q. N. Chan, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, “A novel stochastic approach to study water droplet/flame interaction of water mist system,” Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A: Applications, Vol. 0, pp. 1-27, 2021. 
  15. A. Li, A. C. Y. Yuen*, Wei Wang, I. M.De Cachinho Cordeiro, C. Wang, T. B. Y. Chen, J. Zhang, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, “A Review on Lithium-Ion Battery Separators towards Enhanced Safety Performances and Modelling Approaches,” Molecules, Vol. 26(2), pp. 478, 2021.
  16. B. Yu1, A. C. Y. Yuen1, X. Xu, Z. C. Zhang, W. Yang*, H. Lu, B. Fei, G. H. Yeoh, P. Song*, “Engineering MXene Surface with POSS for Reducing Fire Hazards of Polystyrene with Enhanced Thermal Stability”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 401, 123342, 2021.
  17. Y. Shi*, B. Yu, X. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen, “Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials and Polymer Composites,” Frontiers in Materials, Vol. 8, pp. 195, 2021.
  18. S. Oliver*, L. Lei, K. W. Fan, C. Wang, J. C. Baena, P. Pham, Q. Lin, I. I. Kabir, E. H. H. Wong, A. C. Y. Yuen, C. Boyer, G. H. Yeoh, “Wet or dry multifunctional coating prepared by visible light polymerisation with fire retardant, thermal protective, and antimicrobial properties,” Cellulose, Vol. 28, pp. 8821-8840, 2021.
  19. Y. Yuan, W. Yang, Y. Xiao, A. C. Y. Yuen, L. Mao, H. Pan, B. Yu, Y. Hu*, "Surface modification of multi-scale cuprous oxide with tunable catalytic activity towards toxic fumes and smoke suppression of rigid polyurethane foam," Applied Surface Science, Vol. 556, pp. 149792, 2021.
  20. I. I. Kabir, Y. Fu, N. de Souza, M. T. Nazir, J. C. Baena, A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh, “Improved flame-retardant properties of polydimethylsiloxane/multi-walled carbon nanotube nanocomposites,” Journal of Materials Science, Vol. 56(3), pp. 2192-2211, 2021.
  21. T. B. Y. Chen, A. C. Y. Yuen*, B. Lin, L. Liu, Q. N. Chan, J. Zhang, S. C. P. Cheung, G. H. Yeoh, “Characterisation of Pyrolysis Kinetics and Detailed Gas Species Formations of Engineering Polymers via Reactive Molecular Dynamics (ReaxFF)”, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, vol. 2020, pp. 104931, 2020.
  22. A. C. Y. Yuen, T. B. Y. Chen, C. Wang, W. Wei, I. Kabir, J. B. Vargas, Q. N. Chan, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh*, "Utilising genetic algorithm to optimise pyrolysis kinetics for fire modelling and characterisation of chitosan/graphene oxide polyurethane composites," Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol. 182, pp. 107619, 2020.
  23. Q. Chen, T. B. Y. Chen, A. C. Y. Yuen*, C. Wang, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, "Investigation of door width towards flame tilting behaviours and combustion species in compartment fire scenarios using large eddy simulation," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 150, pp. 119373, 2020.
  24. X. Fang, A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh, E. W. M. Lee, S. C. P. Cheung*, “Capturing the Swirling Vortex and the Impact of Ventilation Conditions on Small-Scale Fire Whirls”, Applied Science, vol. 10, article no. 3428, 2020.
  25. J. Zhang*, M. Liu, G. Pearce, Y. Yu, Z. Sha, Y. Zhou, A. C. Y. Yuen, C. Tao, C. Boyer, F. Huang, M. Islam, C.-H. Wang, “Strain Stiffening and Positive Piezoconductive Effect of Liquid Metal/Elastomer Soft Composites”, Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 201, pp. 108497, 2020.
  26. I. I. Kabir*, C. C. Sorrell, S. S. Mofarah, W. Yang, A. C. Y. Yuen, M. T. Nazir, G. H. Yeoh, “Alginate/Polymer-Based Materials for Fire Retardancy: Synthesis, Structure, Properties, and Applications”, Polymer Reviews, vol. 60, pp. 1-58, 2020.
  27. W. Yang, J.-J. Liu, L.-L. Wang, W. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen*, S. Peng, B. Yu, H.-D. Lu, G. H. Yeoh, C.-H. Wang, "Multifunctional MXene/natural rubber composite films with exceptional flexibility and durability," Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol. 188, pp. 107875, 2020.
  28. Y. Han, X. Wang*, A. C. Y. Yuen, A. Li, L. Guo, G. H. Yeoh, J. Tu, "Characterization of Choking Behaviours inside Steam Ejectors Based on the Ejector Refrigeration System," International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 113, pp. 296 - 307, 2020.
  29. G. Zhai, S. Xing, A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh, Q. N. Chan, “Spray and Combustion Characteristics of Gasoline-like Fuel under Compression-Ignition Conditions”, Energy & Fuels, Vol. 34(12), pp. 16585-16598, 2020.
  30. S. Xing, G. Zhai, H. Mo, P. R. Medwell, A. C. Y. Yuen, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, Q. N. Chan, “Study of Ignition and Combustion Characteristics of Consecutive Injections with iso-Octane and n-Heptane as Fuels,” Energy & Fuels, Vol. 34(11), pp. 14741-14756, 2020.
  31. C. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen*, Q. N. Chan, T. B. Y. Chen, H. L. Yip, S. C. P. Cheung, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, "Numerical study of the comparison of symmetrical and asymmetrical eddy-generation scheme on the fire whirl formulation and evolution," Applied Science, Vol. 10(1), article no. 318, 2020.
  32. X. Cao, X. Chi, X. Deng, T. Liu, B. Yu, B. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Wu*, R. K. Y. Li, “Synergistic effect of flame retardants and graphitic carbon nitride on flame retardancy of polylactide composites”, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, vol. 31, pp. 1661-1670, 2020.
  33. X. Cao, X. Chi, X. Deng, Q. Sun, X. Gong, B. Yu, A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Wu*, R. K. Y. Li, "Facile Synthesis of Phosphorus and Cobalt Co-Doped Graphitic Carbon Nitride for Fire and Smoke Suppressions of Polylactide Composite," Polymers, vol 12, article no. 1106, 2020.
  34. E. Pakdel, M. Naebe, S. Kashi, Z. Cai, W. Xie, A. C. Y. Yuen, M. Montazer, L. Sun, X. Wang, "Functional cotton fabric using hollow glass microspheres: Focus on thermal insulation, flame retardancy, UV-protection and acoustic performance," Progress in Organic Coatings, Vol. 141, pp. 105553, 2020.
  35. I. I. Kabir, Y. Fu, N. de Souza, M. T. Nazir, J. C. Baena, A. C. Y. Yuen, Guan Heng Yeoh, “Improved flame-retardant properties of polydimethylsiloxane/multi-walled carbon nanotube nanocomposites”, Journal of Materials Science, vol. 55, pp. 1-20, 2020.
  36. I. I. Kabir*, Y. Fu, N. De Souza, J.-C. Baena, A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Yang, J. Mata, Z. Peng, G. H. Yeoh, "PDMS/MWCNT nanocomposite films for underwater sound absorption applications," Journal of Material Science, vol. 55, pp. 1-16, 2020.
  37. W. Yang, S. Wu, W. Yang, A. C. Y. Yuen, Y. Zhou, G. Yeoh, C. Boyer, C. H. Wang*, “Nanoparticles of polydopamine for improving mechanical and flame-retardant properties of an epoxy resin,” Composites Part B - Engineering, vol. 186, pp. 107828, 2020.
  38. H. Liu, C. Wang, I. M. De Cachinho Cordeiro, A. C. Y. Yuen*, Q. Chen, Q. N. Chan, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, "Critical assessment on operating water droplet sizes for fire sprinkler and water mist systems," Journal of Building Engineering, Vol. 28, pp. 1000999-1000999, 2019.
  39. H. L. Yip, A. Srna, A. C. Y. Yuen, S. Kook, R. A. Taylor, G. H. Yeoh, P. R. Medwell, Q. N. Chan*, "A review of hydrogen direct injection for internal combustion engines: towards carbon-free combustion," Applied Sciences, Vol. 9, article no. 4842, 2019.
  40. Y. Han, X. Wang*, L. Guo, A. C. Y. Yuen, H. Liu, R. Cao, C. Wang, C. Li, J. Tu, G. H. Yeoh, "A Steam Ejector Refrigeration System Powered by Engine Combustion Waste Heat: Part 2. Understanding the Nature of the Shock Wave Structure," Applied Sciences, Vol 9(20), article no. 4435, 2019.
  41. Y. Han, L. Guo*, X. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen, C. Li, R. Cao, H. Liu, T. B. Y. Chen, J. Tu, G. H. Yeoh, "A Steam Ejector Refrigeration System Powered by Engine Combustion Waste Heat: Part 1. Characterization of the Internal Flow Structure," Applied Sciences, Vol 9(20), article no. 4275, 2019.
  42. C. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen*, Q. N. Chan, T. B. Y. Chen, Q. Chen, R. Cao, H. L. Yip, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, “Influence of Eddy-Generation Mechanism on the Characteristic of On-Source Fire Whirl,” Applied Sciences, Vol. 9, article no. 3989, 2019.
  43. N. N. Wang, H. Wang, Y. Y. Wang, Y. H. Wei, J. Y. Si, A. C. Y. Yuen, J. S. Xie, B. Yu, S. E. Zhu, H. D. Lu, W. Yang*, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, “Robust, Lightweight, Hydrophobic and Fire Retarded Polyimide/MXene Aerogels for Effective Oil/Water Separation,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol. 11(43), 40512-40523, 2019.
  44. Y. Han*, L. Guo, X. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen, C. Li, R. Cao, H. Liu, T. B. Y. Chen, J. Tu, G. H. Yeoh, “A Steam Ejector Refrigeration System Powered by Engine Combustion Waste Heat: Part 1. Characterization of the Internal Flow Structure,” Applied Sciences, Vol. 9, article no. 4275, 2019.
  45. D. D. Li, D. F. Keogh, K. Huang, Q. N. Chan, A. C. Y. Yuen, C. Menictas, V. Timchenko, G. H. Yeoh*, Modeling the Response of Magnetorheological Fluid Dampers under Seismic Conditions, Applied Sciences, Vol. 9, article no. 4189, 2019.
  46. W. Yang*, N. N. Wang, P. Ping, A. C. Y. Yuen, A. Li, S. E. Zhu, L. L. Wang, J. Wu, T. B. Y. Chen, J. Y. Si, B. D. Rao, H. D. Lu*, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, “A Novel 3D Network Archietectured Hybrid Aerogel Comprising Epoxy, Graphene and Hydroxylated Boron Nitride Nanosheets,” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Vol. 10, pp. 40032-40043, 2018.
  47. B. Lin, A. C. Y. Yuen, A. Li, Y. Zhang, T. B. Y. Chen, B. Yu, E. W. M. Lee, S. Peng, W. Yang*, H. D. Lu, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, C. H. Wang, “MXene/chitosan nanocoating for flexible polyurethane foam towards remarkable fire hazards reductions”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 381, pp. 120952, 2019.  
  48. W. J. Yang, A. C. Y. Yuen, A. Li, B. Lin, T. B. Y. Chen, W. Yang*, H. D. Lu, G. H. Yeoh, "Recent progress in bio-based aerogels absorbents for oil/water separation," Cellulose, Vol. 26(11), pp. 6449-6476, 2019.
  49. H. L. Yip, D. I. M. Rizwanul Fattah, A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Yang, P. R. Medwell, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, Q. N. Chan*, "Flame-wall interaction effects on diesel post-injection combustion and soot formation processes," Energy & Fuels, 2019. (Accepted In Press)
  50. J. Y. Si, B. Tawiah, W. L. Sun, B. Lin, C. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen, B. Yu, A. Li, W. Yang*, H. D. Lu, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, "Functionalization of MXene Nanosheets for Polystyrene towards High Thermal Stability and Flame Retardant Properties", Polymers, Vol. 11(6), article no. 976, 2019.
  51. I. M. Rizwanul Fattah, H. L. Yip, Z. Jiang, A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Yang, P. R. Medwell, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, Q. N. Chan*, "Effects of flame-plane wall impingement on diesel combustion and soot processes," Fuel, Vol. 225, article no. 115726, 2019.
  52. B. Yu*, B. Tawiah, L. Q. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen, Z. C. Zheng, L. L. Shen, B. Lin, B. Fei, W. Yang*, A. Li, S. E. Zhu, E. Z. Zhu, H. D. Lu, G. H. Yeoh, "Interface decoration of exfoliated MXene ultra-thin nanosheets for fire and smoke suppressions of thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer," Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 374, pp. 110-119, 2019.
  53. A. Li, A. C. Y. Yuen, T. B. Y. Chen, C. Wang, H. Liu, R. Cao, W. Yang*, G. H. Yeoh, V. Timchenko, "Computational Study of Wet Steam Flow to Optimize Steam Ejector Efficiency for Potential Fire Suppression Application," Applied Science, Vol. 9(7), article 1486.
  54. B. Tawiah, B. Yu, A. C. Y. Yuen, R. K. K. Yuen, J. H. Xin, B. Fei*, "Thermal, crystalline and mechanical properties of flame retarded Poly(lactic acid) with a PBO-like small molecule - Phenylphosphonic Bis(2-aminobenzothiazole)," Polymer Degradation and Stability, Vol. 163, pp. 76-86, 2019.
  55. C. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen*, Q. N. Chan, T. B. Y. Chen, W. Yang, S. C. P. Cheung, G. H. Yeoh, "Sensitivity Analysis of Key Parameter for Population Balanced Based Soot Model for Low-Speed Diffusion Flames," Energies, Vol. 12, article no. 910.
  56. T. B. Y. Chen, A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, W. Yang, Q. N. Chan, "Fire Risk Assessment of Combustible Exterior Claddings Using a Collective Numerical Database," Fire, Vol. 2(1), article no. 11.
  57. A. C. Y. Yuen*, T. B. Y. Chen, W. Yang, C. Wang, A. Li, G. H. Yeoh, Q. N. Chan, M. C. Chan, "Numerical Ventilated Smoke Control Simulation Case Study Using Different Settings of Smoke Vents and Curtains in a Large Atrium", Fire, Vol. 2(1), article no. 7.
  58. W. Yang*, A. C. Y. Yuen, P. Peng, R. C. Wei, L. Hua, Z. Zhu, A. Li, S. E. Zhu, L. L. Wang, J. Liang, T. B. Y. Chen, B. Yu, J. Y. Si, H. D. Lu, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, "Pectin-assisted dispersion of exfoliated boron nitride nanosheets for assembled bio-composites aerogels," Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, vol 119, pp. 196-205.
  59. W. Yang, N. N. Wang, P. Ping, A. C. Y. Yuen, A. Li, S. E. Zhu, L. L. Wang, J. Wu, T. B. Y. Chen, J. Y. Si, B. D. Rao, H. D. Lu*, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, "A Novel 3D Network Archietectured Hybrid Aerogel Comprising Epoxy, Graphene and Hydroxylated Boron Nitride Nanosheets," ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Vol. 10, pp. 40032-40043, 2018.
  60. A. C. Y. Yuen*, T. B. Y. Chen, G. H. Yeoh, W. Yang, S. C. P. Cheung, M. Cook, B. Yu, Q. N. Chan, H. L. Yip, “Establishing pyrolysis kinetics for the modelling of the flammability and burning characteristics of solid combustible materials,” Journal of Fire Science, Vol. 36, pp. 494-517, 2018.
  61. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, S. C. P. Cheung, Q. N. Chan, T. B. Y. Chen, W. Yang, H. Lu, “Numerical study of the development and angular speed of a small-scale fire whirl,” Journal of Computational Science, Vol. 27, pp. 21-34, 2018.
  62. T. B. Y. Chen, A. C. Y. Yuen*, C. Wang, G. H. Yeoh, V. Timchenko, S. C. P. Cheung, Q. N. Chan, W. Yang, “Predicting the fire spread rate of a sloped pine needle board utilizing pyrolysis modelling with detailed gas-phase combustion,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 125, pp. 310-322, 2018.
  63. Q. N. Chan, I. M. Rizwanui Fatthah, G. Zhai, H. L. Yip, T. B. Y. Chen, A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Yang, A. Wehrfritz, X. Dong, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, "Color-ratio pyrometry methods for flame-wall impingement study," Journal of the Energy Institute, 2018. (Accepted In Press)
  64. Y. R. Zhi, B. Yu*, A. C. Y. Yuen, J. Liang, L. Q. Wang, W. Yang*, H. D. Lu, G. H. Yeoh, Surface “Manipulation of Thermal-Exfoliated Hexagonal Boron Nitride with Polyaniline for Improving Thermal Stability and Fire Safety Performance of Polymeric Materials,” ACS Omega, vol. 3, pp. 14942-14952.
  65. W. Yang*, B. Tawiah, C. Yu, Y. F. Qian, L. L. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen, S. E. Zhu, E. Z. Hu, T. B. Y. Chen, B. Yu*, H. D. Lu, G. H. Yeoh, X. Wang, L. Song, Y. Hu, “Manufacturing, mechanical and flame retardant properties of poly (lactic acid) biocomposites based on calcium magnesium phytate and carbon nanotubes,” Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol. 110, pp. 227-236, 2018.
  66. W. Yang*, W. J. Yang, B. Tawiah, Y. Zhang, L. L. Wang, S. E. Zhu, T. B. Y. Chen, A. C. Y. Yuen, B. Yu*, Y. F. Liu, J. Y. Si, E. Z. Hu, H. D. Lu, K. H. Hu, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, “Synthesis of anhydrous manganese hypophosphite microtubes for simultaneous flame retardant and mechanical enhancement on poly (lactic acid),” Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 164, pp. 44-50, 2018.
  67. D. D. Li*, X. Gu, V. Timchenko, Q. N. Chan, A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh, “Study of Morphology and Optical Properties of Gold Nanoparticle Aggregates under Different pH Conditions,” Langmuir, Vol. 34, pp. 10340-10352, 2018.
  68. W. Yang, P. Ping, L. L. Wang, T. B. Y. Chen, A. C. Y. Yuen, S. E. Zhu, N. N. Wang, Y. L. Hu, P. P. Yang, C. Sun, C. Y. Zhang, H. D. Lu*, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, “Fabrication of Fully Bio-Based Aerogels via Microcrystalline Cellulose and Hydroxyapatite Nanorods with Highly Effective Flame-Retardant Properties,” ACS Applied Nano Materials, Vol. 1, pp. 1921-1931, 2018.
  69. T. B. Y. Chen, A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, V. Timchenko, S. C. P. Cheung, Q. N. Chan, “Numerical study of fire spread using the level-set method with large eddy simulation incorporating detailed chemical kinetics gas-phase combustion model,” Journal of Computational Science, Vol. 24, pp. 8-23, 2018.
  70. S. E. Zhu, L. L. Wang, H. Chen, W. Yang*, A. C. Y. Yuen, T. B. Y. Chen, C. Luo, W. M. Bi, E. Z. Hu, J.Zhang, J. Y. Si, H. D. Lu, K. H. Hu, Q. N. Chan, G. H. Yeoh, “Comparative Studies on Thermal, Mechanical, and Flame Retardant Properties of PBT Nanocomposites with Functionalized Amino-Carbon Nanotubes Modified by Different Oxidation State Phosphorus-containing Agents,” Nanomaterials, Vol. 8, pp. 70-88, 2018.
  71. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, V. Timchenko, T. B. Y. Chen, Q. N. Chan, C. Wang, D. D. Li, “Comparison of detailed soot formation models for sooty and non-sooty flames in an under-ventilated ISO room,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 115, Part B, pp. 717-729, 2017.
  72. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, S. C. P. Cheung, V. Timchenko, T. Chen, “On the influences of key modelling constants of large eddy simulations for large-scale compartment fires predictions,” International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 31, pp. 324-337, 2017.
  73. H. Xie, W. Yang, A. C. Y. Yuen, C. Xie, J. Xie, H. D. Lu*, G. H. Yeoh, “Study on flame retarded flexible polyurethane foam/alumina aerogel composites with improved fire safety,” Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 311, pp. 310-317, 2017.
  74. W. Yang*, Y. R. Zhang, A. C. Y. Yuen, T. B. Y. Chen, M. C. Chan, L. Z. Peng, W. J. Yang, S. E. Zhu, B. H. Yang, K. H. Hu, G. H. Yeoh, H. D. Lu, “Synthesis of phosphorus-containing silane coupling agent for surface modification of glass fibres: Effective reinforcement and flame retardancy in poly(1,4-butylene terephthalate),” Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 321, pp. 257-267, 2017.
  75. S. E. Zhu, L. L. Wang, M. Z. Wang, A. C. Y. Yuen, T. B. Y. Chen, W. Yang*, T. Z. Pan, Y. R. Zhi, H. D. Lu, "Simultaneous enhancements in the mechanical, thermal stability, and flame retardant properties of poly(1,4-butylene terephthalate) nanocomposites with a novel phosphorus-nitrogen-containing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane," RSC Advances, Vol. 7, pp. 54021-54030, 2017.
  76. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, S. C. P. Cheung, V. Timchenko, T. Barber, “Importance of detailed chemical kinetics on combustion and soot modelling of ventilated and under-ventilated fires in compartment,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 96, pp. 171-188, 2016.
  77. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, S. C. P. Cheung, V. Timchenko, “Study of three LES subgrid-scale turbulence models for predictions of heat and mass transfer in large-scale compartment fires,” Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A: Applications, Vol. 69, pp. 1223-1241, 2016.
  78. A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh*, V. Timchenko, “LES and multi-step chemical reaction in compartment fires,” Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A: Applications, Vol. 68, pp. 711-736, 2015.
  79. A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh*, B. Alexander, M. Cook, “Fire scene investigation of an arson fire incident using computational fluid dynamics based fire simulation,” Building Simulation, Vol. 7, pp. 477-487, 2014.
  80. A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh*, B. Alexander, M. Cook, “Fire scene reconstruction of a furnished compartment room in a house fire,” Cases Studies in Fire Safety, Vol. 1, pp. 29-35, 2014.
  81. A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh*, “Numerical simulation of an enclosure fire in a large test hall,” Computational Thermal Science, Vol. 5, pp. 459-471, 2013.
  82. A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh*, R. K. K. Yuen, S. M. Lo, T. Chen, “Development of wall-adapting local eddy viscosity model for study of fire dynamics in a large compartment,” Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 444-445, pp. 1579-1591, 2013.

Book Chapters:

 

  1. A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Yang, G. H. Yeoh, “Numerical Study of Surface Regression of a Flame Retarded Expandable Polystyrene,” Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, pp. 149-158, 2020.

Conferences:

 

  1. A. C. Y. Yuen*, W. Yang, G. H. Yeoh, “Numerical study of surface regression of polymer composites,” 16th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC16), Brisbane, Australia, December 3-6, 2019.
  2. J. R. Cao, E. W. M. Lee, A. C. Y. Yuen*, M. Shi, G. H. Yeoh, “Slower is Faster' by Considering of Give-way Evacuation Behavior”, 9th International Conference on Fire Science and Fire Protection Engineering (ICFSFPE-19), Chengdu, October 19-20, 2019
  3. G. Zhai, S. Xing, A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Yang, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, Q. N. Chan*, “Spray and combustion characterization of gasoline-like fuel under compression ignition conditions: Part II”, in 12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC 2019), Fukuoka, Japan, 01 July 1-5, 2019.
  4. G. Zhai, S. Xing, A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Yang, S. Kook, G. H. Yeoh, Q. N. Chan*, “Spray and combustion characterization of gasoline-like fuel under compression ignition conditions: Part I”, in 12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC 2019), Fukuoka, Japan, 01 July 1-5, 2019.
  5. A. C. Y. Yuen, W. Yang, G. H. Yeoh, “Numerical study of surface regression of a flame retarded expandable polystrene,” 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM25), Brisbane, Australia, December 4-7, 2018.
  6. A. C. Y. Yuen*, T. B. Y. Chen, G. H. Yeoh, “Modelling of organic flame retarded polymers in building fires,” 11-th Asian-Australian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM-11), Cairns, Australia, Jul 29-1, 2018.
  7. W. Yang*, A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh, “Intercalation and functionalization of MXene for flame retardant polymer nanocomposites,” 11-th Asian-Australian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM-11), Cairns, Australia, Jul 29-1, 2018.
  8. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, S. M. Lo, “Egress route and pedestrian flow analysis in a large train station using an evacuation model,” 4-th International Conference on Building Energy and Environment (COBEE 2018), Melbourne, Australia, Feb 5-9, 2018.
  9. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, “Experimental and numerical study of the burning characteristics for Australian standard wooden materials,” 4-th International Conference on Building Energy and Environment (COBEE 2018), Melbourne, Australia, Feb 5-9, 2018.
  10. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, “Numerical simulation of the driving mechanisms of fire whirls using large eddy simulation,” Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference (EMI 2017), UC San Diego, US, June 4-7, 2017.
  11. A. C. Y. Yuen*, W. Yang, G. H. Yeoh, “Investigation of the pyrolysis kinetics and burning characteristics for Australian standard furniture materials,” Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference (EMI 2017), UC San Diego, US, June 4-7, 2017.
  12. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, R. K. K. Yuen, S. M. Lo, M. Cook, “On recent developments of chemical kinetics and fire field model for typical furniture materials,” 2016 International Symposium on Safety Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, October 17-19, 2016.
  13. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, R. K. K. Yuen, S. M. Lo, “Numerical study on small-scale fire whirl using large eddy simulation,” 3rd International Conference on Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer, Ottawa, Canada, May 2-3, 2016.
  14. S. C. P. Cheung*, A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh, “Recent advancement of soot prediction in fire field model with the incorporation of detailed combustion products for compartment fires,” In proc. of the 8th International Seminar on Fire & Explosion Hazards (ISFEH8), Hefei, China, April 25-28, 2016.
  15. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, R. K. K. Yuen, “A numerical study of multiple smoke vents for large halls,” In the 7th International Conference on Fire Science and Fire Protection Engineering, Guangzhou, China, Dec 5-6, 2015.
  16. R. K. K. Yuen*, A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh, “Numerical modelling of pyrolysis, ignition and combustion of burning of flame-retardant polystyrene,” In 1st Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Safety Materials Science and Engineering, Suzhou, China, 2015.
  17. T. T. K. Tang*, P. Zhao, A. C. Y. Yuen, R. K. K. Yuen, S. M. Lo, Y. Hu, “Development of fire field model incorporating pyrolysis for burning of flame-retardant polystyrene in enclosures,” In: 5th International Workshop on Performance, Protection & Strengthening of Structures under Extreme Loading, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA, June 28-30, 2015.
  18. A. C. Y. Yuen*, G. H. Yeoh, R. K. K. Yuen, V. Timchenko, “The importance of detail reaction mechanisms for temperature field predictions of compartment fires,” In: 15th International Heat Transfer Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 2014.
  19. A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh, R. K. K. Yuen*, T. Chen, “Numerical simulation of ceiling jet fire in a large compartment,” Procedia Engineering, Vol. 52, pp. 3-12, 2013.
  20. A. C. Y. Yuen, G. H. Yeoh*, R. K. K. Yuen, J. Tang, “Large eddy simulation in a large test hall,” In: 12th International Symposium of Computational Heat Transfer, Bath, UK, 2012.
  • (Superscripts: * denotes corresponding authorship;1 denotes co-frist authorship)

Research Grants:

  • 2021: Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Guan Heng Yeoh, Shaun Chan, Wei Wang, Eric Wai Ming Lee, Nadia Chek Lun Chow, UNSW International Seed Grant 2021Artificial Neural Network Modelling Integrated with Molecular Dynamics Data for Detailed Description of CFD Pyrolytic Process. (totalling 5 k)
  • 2021: Guan Heng Yeoh, Shaun Chan, Anthony Chun Yin YuenMME Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme 2021, High-speed camera for next-generation fire retardant/safety technologies and engine combustion research. (totalling 50 k)
  • 2020: Guan Heng Yeoh, Anita Ho-Baillie, Chun Wang, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, CRC-P Round 8: Solar Skin: Next generation perovskite solar polymer membrane. (totalling 3 mil)
  • 2020: Guan Heng Yeoh, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Shaun Chan, UNSW-SJTU Collaborative Research Seed Grants: Formation and evolution of soot in flames based on laser diagnostics and high-fidelity models. (totalling 10 k)
  • 2019: Victoria Timchenko, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Guan Heng Yeoh, Project CONDOR - nsw techvoucher project, CFD Study on Propeller Thrust via Flow and Turbulence Characterisation, funded by ANGLO PACIFIC IMPORT EXPORT PTY LTD. (totally 9 k)
  • 2019: Guan Heng Yeoh, Shaun Chan, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Jeremy Fewtrell, Greg Buckley, Graham Kingsland, David O’Brien, Morgan Cook, Kim Thai, CRC for Bushfire and Natural Hazards -  Tactical Research Fund: A strategic analysis of risks associated with non-complying building products. (totalling 100 k)
  • 2018: Guan Heng Yeoh, Chun Wang, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Shaun Chan, Cyrille Boyer, Vicki Chen, Cooperative Research Centres-Projects (CRC-P)Development of an Advanced Fire Retardant for Polymers and Textiles. (totalling 3 mil)
  • 2017: Guan Heng Yeoh, Shaun Chan, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Chun Wang, Shuying Wu, UNSW MME Collaborative Research Infrastructure Funding: Micro-scale calorimeter: A powerful tool for next-generation fire retardant materials and safety technologies research.
  • 2017: Guan Heng Yeoh, Chun Wang, Evatt Hawkes, Shaun Kook, Shaun Chan, Shuying Wu, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Sahajwalla Veena, Farshid Pahlevani, Vicky Chen, UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme: Advanced automatic interactive cone calorimeter for flammability test of novel bio-inspired fire retardant and green materials and durable coatings,

 


My Awards

  • 2021: Best Papers Award for section “Computational Fluid Dynamics 3” in 15th International ATE-HEFAT 2021 Conference Symposium
  • 2021: Best Papers Award for section “Nuclear Energy” in 15th International ATE-HEFAT 2021 Conference Symposium
  • 2021: Certificate of Appreciation by Natural Hazards CRC Program
  • 2020: First price award for the Makers Game (ENGG3060) Design Project participating as the academic mentor in collaboration with Jabobs Engineering for Smart Fire Sprinklers
  • 2019: Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Certificate of Acknowledgement for key-note Seminar talk for Fire Engineering Division
  • 2017: Distinguish speaker award for the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Fire Engineering Division
  • 2011: Daikin Scholarship for outstanding performance in Building Design Project
  • 2011: Daikin Scholarship for outstanding performance in Applied Research Project

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

I welcome students who are interested in research projects relevant to fire simulations, fire safety engineering, combustion models and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations in general. You are welcome to propose any topics while a list of my supervising topics can be found here (i.e. for MECH4952 Research Thesis students).

Example PhD/MPhil Research Topics:

1. Computational Material Synthesis

Nowadays, with the rapid advancement of material fabrication technologies and the manufacturing process, there are an enormous amount of new multi-functional materials with a large variety of applications. While most of the recently 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. 

2. Fire and Solid Pyrolysis Modelling

In fire simulations, one of the most critical challenges is the incorporation of detailed chemical descriptions for the combustion process where intermediate chemical products are formed through a series of elementary reactions. It is essential to apply a comprehensive reaction scheme that fully describes the oxidation processes of the parent fuel and the formation processes of major intermediate chemical species. For practical simulation, it is imperative to consider the solid decomposition kinetics and model the pyrolysis behaviour with gas volatile formation. In this project, the student will be asked to do fundamental code development using a high-level language (i.e. FORTRAN, C++) to couple the pyrolysis kinetics with fluid and thermal dynamics modelling. 

3. Development of Hybrid Green Fire Retardants

With the advancement of material fabrication technologies and manufacturing industries, the use of lightweight materials in building structures greatly increases. While this material was required to be flame retarded to reach the existing fire standards, most of the fire retardant materials incorporated were halogenated or brominated based products, which is toxic and harmful to humanity and the environment. Therefore, it is vital to seek greener and environmentally friendly alternatives. Since organic fire retardants are often found to be less effective, one common strategy is to combine both existing inorganic fire retardant materials with newly discovered natural materials to combine the favourable effects of both.

4. Innovative Fire Suppression Technologies

With recent developments in the design and manufacturing process of water-based fire suppression systems, more advanced technologies such as water mist systems have expanded in their building application. In this research study, the student is required to understand the fire suppression mechanisms of water mist systems and conventional fire sprinklers, with emphasis on the influence of water droplet sizes on the fire suppression mechanisms, as well as quantifying the thermal interaction between suppressions and fire. Furthermore, we developed new mathematical tracking algorithms to statistically analyse the droplets for nozzle design optimisations.

5. Human behavioural models for crowd movement

This project aims to investigate how the evacuation of people in the event of a building fire is affected by the human behavioural response to a fire situation subject to the burning of various building fire scenarios. Because of the availability of high-level data that can be obtained through high-fidelity computational models, the collective phenomenon of escape panic can be studied through the use of model predictions into the stochastic social-forces models, or other generalised force models to better accommodate a mixture of socio-psychological and physical forces, influencing the evacuation process. Possible mechanisms of jamming by uncoordinated crowd movement and a new design of ease-of-access fire exits will be investigated.

For more info on the latest research projects and news regarding the ARC Training Centre for Fire Safety, please kindly visit the following link:

http://fire.edu.au/research/

 

UNSW Sydney offers a range of scholarship schemes to international and domestic research candidates. For other PhD scholarship opportunities, please refer to the following or feel free to send me emails for further consultation:

Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunities


Currently supervising

1. PhD Student in Completion

Cheng Wang (Completed 2020) [PostDoctorate Fellow at UNSW MME]

 

2. PhD Student by Research (Co-supervision)

Timothy Bo Yuan Chen (2017 T2 - present)

Ruifung Cao (2017 T2 - present)

Bo Lin (2018 T1 - present)

Hengrui Liu (2018 T1 - present)

Ao Li (2019 T1 - present)

Enzo Qian Chen (to be commenced in 2020 T3)

Ivan Miguel De Cachinho Cordeiro (to be commenced in 2021 T3)

 

3. Master Student by Research (Joint supervision)

Ivan Miguel De Cachinho Cordeiro (2019 T3 - present)

Silvia Luzhe Liu (2020 T1 - present)

 

4. Undergraduate Thesis by Research (Primary supervision)

Yi Wang (Completed 2020 T3) 

Yuting Chen (Completed 2020 T3)

Xin Li (Completed 2020 T3)

Amy Elison (Completed 2020 T3) [Currently working at WSP Global Inc (Sydney) - Engineering Company]

Anson Lo (Completed 2019 T3) [Currently working at GHD Group Pty Ltd (Sydney) - Engineering Company]


My Teaching

MECH 4620 Computational Fluid Dynamics (2017 Semester 2 - Present)

MECH 4952 and MMAN9452 Research Thesis (2018 Semester 2 - Present)

ENGG3060 The Maker Games (2020 T2 - Present)

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Location

Room 401E, Level 4, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Building, UNSW, High St., Kensington 2052, NSW, Australia

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 1223
+61 (2) 9663 1222

Videos

A practical and robust numerical fire field model was developed to simulate the surface regression and charring formation of composite polymer materials (i.e. Chitosan/Graphene Oxide Flexible Polyurethane). This model includes the interaction of heat, fluid and solid degradation due to the propagation of fire. (@AOFSM2019 conference hosted in Shanghai, China)
Demonstration of the Molecular Dynamics simulation approach in characterizing toxicity and char formation.
We are working on a hand antiseptic device that could potentially be used in the medical sector.
In conjunction with Jacobs Engineering Consultancy in ENGG3060 The Makers Game, I am mentoring and managing the project “Smart Fire Sprinklers”. We have built an on-site prototype for a series of fire suppression tests.
Modelling of Surface Regression and Charring Formation of Chitosan Graphene Oxide Polyurethane Foam
EASEC16 Presentation in Brisbane (Dec 2019)
NOVAPHARM UNSW joint project
The Makers Game 2020 - Smart Fire Sprinkler Team (First Price Award) (sponsored by Jacobs Aus & supervised by ARC Fire Centre)