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

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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
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

2020 Sutherland, D., Sharples, J. J., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (201201). A response to comments of Cruz et al. on: 'The effect of ignition protocol on the spread rate of grass fires'. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 29(12), (1139-1141).

doi: 10.1071/WF20046

2020 Ghiji, M., Novozhilov, V., Moinuddin, K., Joseph, P., Burch, I., Suendermann, B., & Gamble, G. (201001). A review of lithium-ion battery fire suppression. Energies, 13(19),

doi: 10.3390/en13195117

2020 Moinuddin, K. AM., & Sutherland, D. (200901). Modelling of tree fires and fires transitioning from the forest floor to the canopy with a physics-based model. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 175 (81-95).

doi: 10.1016/j.matcom.2019.05.018

2020 Moinuddin, K., Razzaque, Q. S., & Thomas, A. (200901). Numerical simulation of coupled pyrolysis and combustion reactions with directly measured fire properties. Polymers, 12(9),

doi: 10.3390/POLYM12092075

2020 Thomas, A., Moinuddin, K., Tretsiakova-McNally, S., & Joseph, P. (200801). A kinetic analysis of the thermal degradation behaviours of some bio-based substrates. Polymers, 12(8),

doi: 10.3390/POLYM12081830

2020 Pooley, L. I., Abu-Bakar, A. S., Cran, M. J., Wadhwani, R., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (200801). Measurements of specific heat capacity of common building materials at elevated temperatures: a comparison of DSC and HDA. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 141(4), (1279-1289).

doi: 10.1007/s10973-019-09124-5

2020 Thomas, A., Arun, M., Moinuddin, K., & Joseph, P. (200801). Mechanistic aspects of condensed- and gaseous-phase activities of some phosphorus-containing fire retardants. Polymers, 12(8),

doi: 10.3390/polym12081801

2020 Accary, G., Sutherland, D., Frangieh, N., Moinuddin, K., Shamseddine, I., Meradji, S., & Morvan, D. (200701). Physics-based simulations of flow and fire development downstream of a canopy. Atmosphere, 11(7),

doi: 10.3390/atmos11070683

2020 MacLeod, J., Tan, S., & Moinuddin, K. (200701). Reliability of fire (point) detection system in office buildings in Australia - A fault tree analysis. Fire Safety Journal, 115

doi: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2020.103150

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
Investigators: Mr Duncan Sutherland, Prof Vassili Novozhilov, Prof Graham Thorpe
For period: 2017-2020
Not disclosed
Experimental and numerical investigations on the efficacy of water mist systems for active suppression of fires involving lithium-ion batteries in enclosures.
From: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Investigators: Dr Paul Joseph, Prof Vassili Novozhilov
For period: 2017-2020

Australian Future Submarine Fire Safety System - Risk analysis and evaluation of emerging technologies, challenges and design solutions for input to SEA1000 program.
From: Defence Science Institute
For period: 2015-2017
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
Investigators: Mr Duncan Sutherland
For period: 2015-2019
Not disclosed

Emergency Management Practice (Predictive Capability: Warnings)
From: Bushfire CRC Ltd
Investigators: Prof Graham Thorpe
For period: 2014-2017
Fire spread prediction across fuel types.
From: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Ltd
Investigators: Prof Graham Thorpe
For period: 2014-2017

Supervision of research students at VU

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Currently supervised research students at VU

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

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (5) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

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

Completed supervision of research students at VU

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