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Computational Heat Transfer, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fire Management, Environmental Engineering Modelling

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Biography

Dr. Maryam Ghodrat is a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW. Maryam's expertise is in the application of fluid mechanics theories to solve problems related to the dynamic behaviour of turbulent multi-phase flows. Her research is mainly focused on developing effective numerical tools for practical applications to support mitigating the impact of natural disasters.

Maryam's specific interest is in the...view more

Dr. Maryam Ghodrat is a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW. Maryam's expertise is in the application of fluid mechanics theories to solve problems related to the dynamic behaviour of turbulent multi-phase flows. Her research is mainly focused on developing effective numerical tools for practical applications to support mitigating the impact of natural disasters.

Maryam's specific interest is in the fundamental aspects of ignition and combustion in solving environmental fluid mechanics problems. She works with researchers around the world to understand the behaviour of wind-driven wildfire spread in a complex environment, wildfire response to fuel moisture, and the performance of materials under fire exposure. She is currently working on uncovering mechanisms of home ignitability in the Wildland-Urban Interface and the effect of burning dynamics of porous fuel beds in flame propagation.

 Maryam has also worked in the field of energy efficiency technologies with a focus on the application of numerical modeling and thermodynamic analysis in the development of new processes in her previous research roles in Western Sydney University and Swinburne University of Technology.

 


My Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South  Wale, UNSW Sydney  (2014)
  • Master of Engineering ,University of New South Wale, UNSW Sydney (2010)

My Research Activities

  • Numerical Methods in Fluid Dynamics
  • Wind effect, unsteady behaviors, and regimes of wildfire propagation in Wildland Urban Interface
  • Wind tunnel experiments of pollutant plume dispersion over a speculative urban area 
  • Numerical simulation of combustion behaviour of Leaf-shape fuel under convection and radiation heating
  • Thermal performance assessment of Fire Fighters' Protective Clothing  
  • Real-time mapping of toxic emissions in a hazardous environment 
  • Numerical models to predict atmospheric dispersion of pollutant
  • Heat/Mass transfer advances for energy conversion and pollution control
  • Waste To Energy through thermal and catalytic pyrolysis (renewable energy: plastic waste/biomass gasification process)
  • Application of CFD modeling and thermodynamic analysis in the design and optimization of energy-efficient technologies
  • Modeling smoke transport from wildland fire 

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

  • Wind effect, unsteady behaviors and regimes of wildfire propagation in Wildland Urban Interface
  • Home Ignitability in the Wildland-Urban Interface 
  • Burning dynamics of porous fuel beds
  • Convective–radiative characteristics of surface fire under forced flow
  • Fire behaviour of soft furniture component materials
  • Wildfire spread simulating model using machine-learning algorithm
  • AI assisted wind fire interaction modeling
  • Real-time mapping of toxic emissions in hazardous environment 
  • Modeling smoke transport from wildland fire 
  • Simulation of dense gas release using Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model (LPDM) and PUFF model 
  • Numerical models to predict atmospheric dispersion of pollutant and chemical emissions

Currently supervising

Accepting PhD students.  

PhD positions are available for highly motivated candidate in mechanical engineering (CFD and Computational heat transfer background).  Knowledge and experience in working with OpenFOAM (FireFOAM, FDS, WFDS) is highly desirable. (Candidates with fluid mechanics background only).

Ideal candidates should have:

  • A four-year Bachelor's and two-year MSc degrees with high WAMs (minimum of 85%) and research experience from top institutions in the field of Mechanical engineering
  • A track record of publications in top-ranked scholarly journals and presentations in peer-reviewed conferences; and,
  • Good interpersonal, communication, presentation and writing skills in English.

If you are interested in doing a PhD in my group , please send a copy of PDF combining your CV, Transcripts and English Test Results to m.ghodrat@unsw.edu.au 


My Teaching

  • ZEIT3701 Heat Transfer and Refrigeration (Ongoing)
  • ZEIT4504 Electrical and Mechanical Plant (Ongoing)
  • ZEIT1504-Introduction to Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (Ongoing)
  • ZEIT4600 Mechanical Design Practice A  (Ongoing)
  • ZEIT4601 Mechanical Design Practice B  (Ongoing)
  • ZEIT2501 - Mechanical & Electronic Design (Previously taught)
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Location

Building 17, Room 130

Contact

+61 2 5114 5153