Structural bushfire performance of lightweight and fire resistant wall panels

Study level

Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


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


This project will investigate the structural bushfire performance of lightweight and fire-resistant, cement-based blocks and wall panels. It includes axial compression tests and fire resistance tests of individual blocks currently available in the industry. The performance will be summarized based on the raw materials and the mix proportion of the blocks.

Research activities

As part of the research project, you will be involved in:

  • reviewing the existing wall panel configurations for bushfire-resistant structures/shelters
  • conducting experimental study on new bushfire-resistant blocks
  • summarizing and comparing the experimental results with currently available, bushfire-resistant wall panel configurations.


As a result of the project, we expect to have axial compressive strength and fire resistance rating data for new bushfire-resistant and lightweight wall panels.



Contact Dr Anthony Ariyanayagam or Professor Mahen Mahendran for more information.