Professor Vasily Novozhilov is Director of the Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE) in the College of Engineering and Science.

His research expertise is in the areas of Fire Safety Science, Combustion, Heat Transfer, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Applied Mathematics.

Vasily started his career at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and later moved to Australia with research appointments at the University of Sydney. He subsequently held academic appointments at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and University of Ulster, United Kingdom (as Chair in Fire Dynamics).

He has contributed over 100 technical publications, delivered a number of invited and keynote presentations, and is a recipient of a number of international awards for this research activities. He is also an Editorial Board member of several international journals.

Vasily's major research achievements relate to the development of comprehensive CFD models for prediction of fire dynamics and suppression in buildings, analytical models for heat transfer, and combustion theory studies.

He has recently held a Visiting Professorship appointment with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and served as a member of Singapore Government Committees on the development of Performance-Based Fire Safety regulations.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Novozhilov, V. (2016) Thermal explosion in oscillating ambient conditions. Scientific Reports, 6, 29730; DOI: 10.1038/srep29730.

Shi, L., Chew, M.Y.L., Novozhilov, V. and Joseph, P. (2015) Modelling the pyrolysis and combustion behaviors of non-charring and intumescent-protected polymers using “FiresCone”. Polymers, 7, 1979-1997, DOI: 10.3390/polym7101495.

Novozhilov, V. (2015) Optimum nonlinear dynamics of particles in convective plumes, Nonlinear Studies, 22(1): 105-114.

Novozhilov, V. and Kulish, V. (2014) Extension of relations between local values of intensive properties and corresponding fluxes to some non-linear processes, Mathematics in Engineering, Science and Aerospace, 5(1): 97-109.

Novozhilov, V. and Byrne, C. (2013) Lattice Boltzmann modeling of thermal explosion in natural convection conditions, Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A, 63: 824-839.

Postgraduate research students and fellows


Supervisor for more than 40 Honours students and 5 PhD students


1 Postdoctoral Fellow

Research grants

  • 2014: Internal funding grants from Victoria University in 2014, $130,000
  • 2013-2018: “High Performance Computing Support for United Kingdom Consortium on Turbulent Reacting Flows”, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK), £930,000
  • 2004-2009: “Safety of Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier”, European Commission, €7,000,000
  • 2001-2003: “Performance Based Design Guide for Steel Structures”, Building and Construction Authority, Singapore, S$620,000

Professional memberships

  • The Combustion Institute
  • International Association for Fire Safety Science
  • Asia-Oceania Association for Fire Science and Technology

Industry experience

Orbital Engine Company, WA

Areas of expertise

  • Applied mathematics
  • Combustion
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Fire safety science
  • heat transfer

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