Study level

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Anthony Ariyanayagam
Position
Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Mahen Mahendran
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

This project aims to investigate the bushfire performance of residential buildings in the bushfire prone areas of Australia. This includes a detailed review of:

  • bushfire characteristics
  • radiant and convective heat rates
  • type and materials used to construct bushfire safe houses
  • structural and fire performance of external wall and roof panels
  • structural design requirements
  • testing procedures.

This comprehensive review will contribute towards developing conceptual models and design methods of external wall and roof systems for residential buildings in bushfire zones.

Research activities

As part of this research project, you will:

  • review the existing design methods/practice of building a house in bushfire prone areas
  • improve the fundamental understanding of the structural and thermal performance of external wall and roof systems
  • develop design methods for bushfire safe external wall and roof systems.

Outcomes

We expect to complete a comprehensive review that will contribute towards new external wall and roof systems for bushfires.

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Contact

Contact the supervisors for more information.