The Fire Research Group (formerly known as Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering, CESARE) carries out research on the spread of smoke and fire in buildings as well as in wildland, fire extinguishment, and the way structures and materials respond to fire.

Our research staff have experience in these areas:

  • fire dynamics
  • structural behaviour and design
  • heat transfer and materials behaviour
  • human behaviour in fire, risk assessment
  • suppression and detection systems
  • fire retardance
  • fire modelling.

Fire research

If you want to carry out a significant research project, you can enrol in a Research Masters in Engineering or PhD.

Masters by Research students

  • Sesa Singha Roy
    Development of boundary conditions for simulation tools through software – completed 2019
  • AMU Thathsarani Kannangara
    Performance of Reactive Powder Geopolymer Concretes at Elevated Temperatures

PhD students

  • Chris Lykiardopoulos
    Topic: Psychotropic Drug Usage and Human Behaviour During Fire Emergencies – completed 2015.
  • Ariza Sharikin Abu Bakar
    Topic: Characterization of fire properties for coupled pyrolysis and combustion simulation and their optimised use – completed 2016.
  • HM Iqbal Mahmud
    Topic: Simulation of the Suppression of Fires Using Water Mist – completed 2016.
  • Md Mahfuz Sarwar
    Topic: On linking the filter width to the boundary layer thickness in explicitly filtered large eddy simulations of wall bounded flows - completed 2017
  • Rahul Wadhwani
    Topic: Physics-based simulation of firebrand transport and their likelihood to cause ignition of forest surface fuel - completed 2019
  • Malavika Arun
    Topic: Development of fire-and and corrosion-resistant coatings for marine structures
  • Ananya Thomas
    Topic: An investigation on the impacts of firebrands on infrastructures in the Wildland Urban Interface
  • Jasmine Innocent
    Topic: Physics based simulations of grassfire propagation on sloped terrains
  • Samson Tan
    Topic: A dynamic fire Dynamic Fire Risk Model for Complex, High-rise Buildings
  • Amila Wickramasinghe
    Topic: Mapping of firebrand and heat flux on structures in the Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Matthew Kyng
    Topic: Parameterisation for a simplified short-range firebrand model from physics-based modelling – commencing in 2020

Contact us

Professor Khalid Moinnudin
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 80342
Fax: +61 3 9919 8035

General research enquiries: [email protected]


Level 2, Building 4
Hoppers Lane
(Entry via Gate 3)

Postal address

Fire Research Group (Werribee Campus)
PO Box 14428
Melbourne MC 8001