Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

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.

Qualifications

  • 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 Rashid, M., & Moinuddin, K. (211101). STUDYING LEAF AREA DENSITY BASED WIND ADJUSTMENT FACTOR IN SPARK. Melbourne: Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC.

Year Citation
2021 . (211216). Application of neural networks to rate of spread estimation in shrublands Paper presented at MODSIM2021, 24th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation.. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

doi: 10.36334/modsim.2021.g3.wadhwani2

2021 . (211216). Improvement of drag model for non-burning firebrand transport in Fire Dynamics Simulator Paper presented at MODSIM2021, 24th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation.. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

doi: 10.36334/modsim.2021.g3.wadhwani

Year Citation
2022 Wadhwani, R., Sullivan, C., Wickramasinghe, A., Kyng, M., Khan, N., & Moinuddin, K. (221201). A review of firebrand studies on generation and transport. Fire Safety Journal, 134

doi: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2022.103674

2022 Mahmud, H. MI., Thorpe, G., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (220801). The Behaviour of Water-Mists in Hot Air Induced by a Room Fire: Effect of the Initial Size of Droplets. Fire, 5(4),

doi: 10.3390/fire5040116

2022 Wadhwani, R., Sutherland, D., Ooi, A., & Moinuddin, K. (220601). Firebrand transport from a novel firebrand generator: Numerical simulation of laboratory experiments. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 31(6), (634-648).

doi: 10.1071/WF21088

2022 Mahmud, H. MI., Thorpe, G., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (220201). An Approach to Determine the Median Diameter of Droplets in a Water-Mist Spray. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 12(3),

doi: 10.3390/app12031073

2022 Wickramasinghe, A., Khan, N., & Moinuddin, K. (220201). Determining Firebrand Generation Rate Using Physics-Based Modelling from Experimental Studies through Inverse Analysis. Fire, 5(1),

doi: 10.3390/fire5010006

2021 Khan, N., & Moinuddin, K. (211101). The role of heat flux in an idealised firebreak built in surface and crown fires. Atmosphere, 12(11),

doi: 10.3390/atmos12111395

2021 Tan, S., Weinert, D., Joseph, P., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (211001). Incorporation of technical, human and organizational risks in a dynamic probabilistic fire risk model for high-rise residential buildings. Fire and Materials, 45(6), (779-810).

doi: 10.1002/fam.2872

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.

Gravity Driven Smoke Dispersion In a Stratified Ambient
From: Australian Research Council - Discovery Project
For period: 2021-2023
$5,000
Understanding the Origin of Extreme and Megafires: Merging Fire Fronts
From: Australian Research Council - Discovery Project
For period: 2021-2023
$6,000

Investigation of a Prototype Firefighting System Based on Compressed Nitrogen Gas
From: Defence Science Institute
Other investigators: Dr Paul Joseph
For period: 2020-2021
$48,610
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
Development of sustainable bio-materials for mitigating climate change.
From: PVC (Research and Research Training), College of Engineering and Science
Other investigators: Dr Paul Joseph, Mr Nitin Muttil, Prof Vassili Novozhilov, Prof Stephen Bigger
For period: 2017-2020
$90,000
Experimental and numerical investigations on the efficacy of water mist systems for active suppression of fires involving lithium-ion batteries in enclosures.
From: Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering, Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia
Other investigators: Prof Vassili Novozhilov, Dr Paul Joseph
For period: 2017-2020
$392,106

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

Emergency Management Practice (Predictive Capability: Warnings)
From: Bushfire CRC Ltd
Other investigators: Prof Graham Thorpe
For period: 2014-2017
$1,288,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

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

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (5) 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.

Coordination

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
2018

FIRE SAFETY ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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

2019

Reliability of Fire Sprinkler System

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