Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Enclosure fire dynamics
  • Pyrolysis modelling
  • Fire detection and suppression
  • Fire risk analysis

Available to supervise research students

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About Khalid Moinuddin

Khalid is a Professor at Victoria University's Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC).

Khalid started his academic career at Victoria University in June, 2003, while completing his PhD thesis at the University of Melbourne.

Within the Fire Research Group of ISILC, he is currently involved in several computational and experimental research projects in the area of combustion, flame growth and propagation, turbulent fluid motion, tunnel fire and fire risk analysis. He created a new paradigm by widening CESARE's research spectrum from applied only to fundamental.

Today his fundamental research works include simulation of gasification of solid fuels and combustion of the gaseous form, turbulent fluid motion using various large eddy simulation (LES) based models, evaporation of the sprinkler/water mist droplets etc and contribution to the development of physics-based simulation/ numerical tools.

In the last few years, Khalid has developed two major streams of research at Victoria University:

  • development and application of a three-dimensional physics-based wildfire model which resulted in five external research grants generating over $1.4M external research income, one PhD completion and five current HDR projects
  • fire safety engineering in naval applications which resulted in three external research grants generating $360K external research income and one PhD completion.

Khalid was also the Course Coordinator of Victoria University’s Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering courses from 2008-2017, which constitute only one of the two suites of courses of this kind delivered in Australia. He led a course review in modernising Fire Safety Engineering Curriculum and Teaching Practices, introducing new units/topics to bridge identified gaps and facilitate graduates to gain the required professional certification.


  • PhD, The University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering, Victoria University, Australia, 2007
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science (Pass), University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, 1991

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Khan, N., Rashid, M., Wickramasinghe, A., & Moinuddin, K. (210503). Fire spread across different fuel types: research and utilisation - final project report. Melbourne: Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC.

Year Citation
2021 Tan, S., Weinert, D., Joseph, P., & Moinuddin, K. (210302). Sensitivity and uncertainty analyses of human and organizational risks in fire safety systems for high-rise residential buildings with probabilistic t-h-o-risk methodology. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 11(6),

doi: 10.3390/app11062590

2021 Depetro, A., Gamble, G., & Moinuddin, K. (210302). Fire safety risk analysis of conventional submarines. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 11(6),

doi: 10.3390/app11062631

2021 Sutherland, D., Sharples, J. J., Mell, W., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (210301). A response to comments of Cruz et al. on: 'Simulation study of grass fire using a physics-based model: Striving towards numerical rigour and the effect of grass height on the rate of spread'. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 30(3), (221-223).

doi: 10.1071/WF20091

2021 Ishikawa, T., Kasumi, K., Tanaka, F., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (210301). Combustion efficiency during fires in tunnels with natural ventilation by vitiated air including descending smoke. Fire Safety Journal, 120

doi: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2020.103093

2021 Thomas, A., Moinuddin, K., Zhu, H., & Joseph, P. (210301). Passive fire protection of wood using some bio-derived fire retardants. Fire Safety Journal, 120

doi: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2020.103074

2021 Ghiji, M., Edmonds, S., & Moinuddin, K. (210201). A review of experimental and numerical studies of lithium ion battery fires. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 11(3), (1-29).

doi: 10.3390/app11031247

2021 Alsanie, A. Q., Iqbal, Mahmud., & Moinuddin, K. (210101). Reconstruction of a Multi-item Room Fire in an ISO 9705 Room. Fire Technology,

doi: 10.1007/s10694-021-01090-5

2021 Mahmud, H. MI., Mandal, A., Nag, S., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (210101). Performance of fire protective coatings on structural steel member exposed to high temperature. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, 12(2), (193-211).

doi: 10.1108/JSFE-07-2020-0025

2020 Tan, S., Weinert, D., Joseph, P., & Moinuddin, K. (201202). Impact of technical, human, and organizational risks on reliability of fire safety systems in high-rise residential buildingsapplications of an integrated probabilistic risk assessment model. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 10(24), (1-31).

doi: 10.3390/app10248918

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

HDR Scholarship Project: Parameterization for a simplified short-range firebrand model from physics-based modelling
From: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Ltd
For period: 2020-2023
Not disclosed
Future Data Collection Strategy
From: Australian Building Codes Board
For period: 2020-2020
Not disclosed

Fire Spread Prediction Across Fuel Types
From: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Ltd, Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering
Other investigators: Mr Duncan Sutherland, Prof Vassili Novozhilov, Prof Graham Thorpe
For period: 2017-2021
Not disclosed

Refinement of the sub models of pyrolysis and firebrand transport and undertaking experiments to validate those for a physics based bushfire prediction model
From: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Ltd
Other investigators: Mr Duncan Sutherland
For period: 2015-2019
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Master of Research Practice Principal supervisor
4 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Master of Research Practice (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (4) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Associate supervisor
4 PhD Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (4) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Teaching responsibilities

  • Heat Transfer
  • Computational Fluids Dynamics and Fire Modelling
  • Fluid Dynamics and Enclosure Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Initiation and Development.


Unit Convenor (2019)

VQB5771 Fire Safety Engineering Application

VQB5773 Industrial Experience on Fire Safety

VQT6061 Building Fire Research A

VQB6062 Building Fire Research B


Keynote and invited speeches

Year Title/Description


4th International Conference on Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development (ICCESD 2018), 9~11 February 2018, Khulna, Bangladesh. Invited by Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Khulna, Bangladesh


Reliability of Fire Sprinkler System

16th International Fire & Safety Expo, 24-26 April 2019, Daegu, South Korea Invited by Korea Fire Institute