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Dr Yuen is currently appointed as 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). His major responsibilities include (i). managing the daily operation including experimentation, standardise fire tests and other related research activities;...view more
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Dr Yuen is currently appointed as 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). 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). hosting regular meetings with the academic and industrial committees to set up quarterly plans and goals; (iv). maintain and ensure high standard and quality research outputs; (v). 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 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) in 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.
Research and outputs: As a early-career researcher, Dr. Yuen has over 60 publications with 45 journal and >15 conference publications (more info on Google Scholar profile), with core research focus on fire safety science, development of fundamental fire predictive modelsfire and retartant materials. In addition, he has given invited presentations at international conferences, invited lectures in university and specialist consulting organisation. Dr. Yuen conducted his PhD study at UNSW on thesis entitled: “On the Predictions of Combustion Products and Soot Particles in Compartment Fire” with key contribution 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. In his four years of study, he has acquired research, coding, teaching, course organisation, writing, reviewing, communication, and collaboration skills.
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 project, 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 tutor since 2011 till present as the Leading Tutor 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: 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 fire fighters to understand the compartment fire development relating to fire loads. Besides, he was awarded by Daikin Scholarship for outstanding performance in Building Design Project and Applied Research Project the University of Hong Kong.
MECH 4620 Computational Fluid Dynamics (2017 Semester 2 - Present)
MECH 4952 and MMAN9452 Research Thesis (2018 Semester 2 Present)
- 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.
- 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 (2019). (Accepted In Press)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 2019. (Accepted In Press)
- 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 seperation," Cellulose, Vol. 26(11), pp. 6449-6476, 2019.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,” Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 31, pp. 324-337, 2017.
- 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.
- 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 fibers: Effective reinforcement and flame retardancy in poly(1,4-butylene terephthalate),” Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 321, pp. 257-267, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 2018: 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)
- 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,
Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunities
- Domestic Research Scholarship: https://research.unsw.edu.au/domestic-research-scholarships
- International Research Scholarship: https://research.unsw.edu.au/international-research-scholarships
- UNSW-China Scholarship Council (CSC) Joint Scholarship program. For more details, click here. To apply CSC, click here. Top-up scholarship (7k pa) will be provided to CSC awardees.
- UNSW / HEC Pakistan Joint Scholarship: https://research.unsw.edu.au/unsw-home-country-joint-scholarships;
- UNSW / CONICYT Chile Joint Scholarship: https://research.unsw.edu.au/unsw-home-country-joint-scholarships;
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
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.
2. Fire and Solid Pyrolysis Modelling
In fire simulations, one of the most critical challenges is the incorporation of detailed chemical description 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 imparative to consider the solid decomposition kinetics and model the pyrolysis behaviour with gas volitale formation. In this project, the student will be asked to do fundamental code development using high-level languague (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 these 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 enviroment. Therefore, it is vital to seek for greener and environmental friendly alternatives. Since organic fire retardants are often found to be less effective, one common stretegy is to combine both existing inorganic fire retardant materials with newly discovered natural materials to combine the favourable effects of both.
4. Innovative Fire Suppresion 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 requierd 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 suppresionist and fire.
1. Currently Supervising PhD Student (Co-supervision)
Cheng Wang (Third Year)
Timothy Bo Yuan Chen (Second Year)
Ruifung Cao (Second Year)
Bo Lin (Second Year)
Hengrui Liu (Second Year)
Ao Li (First Year)
2. Currently Supervising Master Student by Research (Co-supervision)
Ivan Miguel De Cachinho Cordeiro (First Year)