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 an Associate Professor at Victoria University's Institute of 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

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Wadhwani, R., Sutherland, D., & Moinuddin, K. (190429). Simulated transport of short-range embers in an idealised bushfire International Association of Wildland Fire, Missoula, Montana, USA.
2018 Sutherland, D., Philip, J., Ooi, A., & Moinuddin, K. (181210). Large Eddy Simulation of Flow Over Streamwise Heterogeneous Canopies: Quadrant Analysis Australian Fluid Mechanics Society.
2018 Roy, S. S., Sutherland, D., Khan, N., & Moinuddin, K. (181210). A comparative study of wind fields generated by different inlet parameters and their effects on fire spread using Fire Dynamics Simulator Australian Fluid Mechanics Society.

Year Citation
2019 Tan, S., & Moinuddin, K. (190801). Systematic review of human and organizational risks for probabilistic risk analysis in high-rise buildings. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 188 (233-250).

doi: 10.1016/j.ress.2019.03.012

2019 Abu-Bakar, A. S., Cran, M. J., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (190730). Experimental investigation of effects of variation in heating rate, temperature and heat flux on fire properties of a non-charring polymer. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 137(2), (447-459).

doi: 10.1007/s10973-018-7941-0

2019 Sabapathy, P., Depetro, A., & Moinuddin, K. (190701). Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Life Safety for a Six-Storey Commercial Building with an Open Stair Interconnecting Four Storeys: A Case Study. Fire Technology, 55(4), (1405-1445).

doi: 10.1007/s10694-019-00859-z

2019 Moinuddin, K. AM., Innocent, J., & Keshavarz, K. (190401). Reliability of sprinkler system in Australian shopping centres -A fault tree analysis. Fire Safety Journal, 105 (204-215).

doi: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2019.03.006

2019 Ghiji, M., Goldsworthy, L., Garaniya, V., Brandner, P. A., Hield, P., Novozhilov, V., Moinuddin, K., & Joseph, P. (190401). Effect of residual air bubbles on diesel spray structure at the start of injection. Fuel, (25-32).

doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.12.013

2019 Moinuddin, K. AM., & Sutherland, D. (190101). Modelling of tree fires and fires transitioning from the forest floor to the canopy with a physics-based model. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation,

doi: 10.1016/j.matcom.2019.05.018

2019 Tanaka, F., Fukaya, K., & Moinuddin, K. AM. (190101). Development of a technique for establishing a pseudo tunnel length. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 37(3), (3985-3992).

doi: 10.1016/j.proci.2018.09.030

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.

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
Fee Proposal for Australian Building Code Board's Domestic Smoke Alarms Study: Ionisation versus Photoelectric
From: Australian Building Codes Board
Investigators: Dr Maurice Guerrieri, Prof Vassili Novozhilov
For period: 2015-2015
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

Modelling the efficacy of water mists as a fire extinguishing agent.
From: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
For period: 2011-2014

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
2 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
5 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Not Specified supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (2) Principal supervisor
PhD (5) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Not Specified supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
3 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (3) 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



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