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

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Concrete spalling
  • Fire Resistance Tests
  • Behaviour of Mateirals to Fire
  • Structural fire engineering
  • Planetary Health

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Maurice Guerrieri

Dr Guerrieri is a researcher in the fields of fire performance of geopolymer concrete and performance of full-scale structural tunnel elements under combined structural and fire loading. He is part of the Fire Engineering group within VU Research, ISILC.

Dr Guerrieri research focus is entirely experimental, and his research outputs are concentrated on large scale testing. In 2019, Dr Guerrieri was awarded the Vice Chancellors Award for Engagement with Industry and is Nationally recognized as the leading structural fire tester in Australia. Dr Guerrieri was awarded an ARC LIEF Grant LE30100120 to build a large-scale modular furnace. In collaboration with industry partners, the fire facilities have been expanded to include the ability to conduct full scale structurally loaded fire tests on full scale tunnel linings segments. These tests are identical to the fire tests that are only available in Europe. To date, Dr Guerrieri has been the chief researcher carrying out the fire testing requirements for the Metro Tunnel Project and the Westgate Tunnel Project in Melbourne.

Dr Guerrieri carries out high level collaboration with both National and International parties including John Holland, AECOM, Rail Infrastructure Australia (RIA), Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), Transurban, Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB) in France, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) & Efectis in the Netherlands. This has led to high-quality research in the built environment at VU and Dr Guerrieri is an emerging national and international scholar in the field of structural fire testing engineering for tunnel structures. His research strengthens and sustains the National fire safety and structures group at VU; accelerates research outcomes which is delivering impact to new research for the benefit of society and industry. In addition, CI Guerrieri has received significant internal investment ($1.7M) in 2020 to prepare the fire group bid for an ARC Centre of Excellence bid in 5 years’ time.

Dr Guerrieri is also an emerging member of the Planetary Health movement at VU (within the concrete research theme) and is involved with tackling critical global challenges by not only solely understanding narrow disciplinary issues (carbon emissions and recycling), but drawing attention to the global community challengers in a number of different sectors which requires problems to be observed through a multidisciplinary lens point of view. Dr Guerrieri is dedicated to being a leader in research that leads to better health of not only human civilisation but the entire planet in general. Dr Guerrieri is also involved with the Planetary Health Online Community via the Planetary Health Alliance where project ideas are shared to foster new opportunities and collaboration via the Planetary Health Project Bank.

Qualifications

  • BEng (Hons), Monash University, Australia, 2000
  • PhD (Civil), Monash University, Australia, 2005

Key publications

Year Citation
2022 Arun, M., Bigger, S., Guerrieri, M., Joseph, P., & Tretsiakova-Mcnally, S. (220401). Thermal and Calorimetric Investigations of Some Phosphorus-Modified Chain Growth Polymers 1: Polymethyl Methacrylate. Polymers, 14(7),

doi: 10.3390/polym14071447

2022 Arun, M., Bigger, S., Guerrieri, M., Joseph, P., & Tretsiakova-McNally, S. (220401). Thermal and Calorimetric Investigations of Some Phosphorus-Modified Chain Growth Polymers 2: Polystyrene. Polymers, 14(8),

doi: 10.3390/polym14081520

2022 Ghiji, M., Joseph, P., & Guerrieri, M. (220101). Some recent developments and testing strategies relating to the passive fire protection of concrete using intumescent coatings: a review. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering,

doi: 10.1108/JSFE-11-2021-0069

2022 Kannangara, T., Guerrieri, M., Fragomeni, S., & Joseph, P. (220101). Effects of Initial Surface Evaporation on the Performance of Fly Ash-Based Geopolymer Paste at Elevated Temperatures. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 12(1),

doi: 10.3390/app12010364

2022 Menefy, L., Guerrieri, M., & Fragomeni, S. (220101). Behavior of fiber and nonfiber reactive powder concrete in an aggressive environment. Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 50(1),

doi: 10.1520/JTE20200031

2021 Kannangara, T., Guerrieri, M., Fragomeni, S., & Joseph, P. (211201). A study of the residual strength of reactive powder-based geopolymer concrete under elevated temperatures. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 11(24),

doi: 10.3390/app112411834

2021 Podolsky, Z., Liu, J., Dinh, H., Doh, J. H., Guerrieri, M., & Fragomeni, S. (211201). State of the art on the application of waste materials in geopolymer concrete. Case Studies in Construction Materials, 15

doi: 10.1016/j.cscm.2021.e00637

2021 Yaghoubi, E., Yaghoubi, M., Guerrieri, M., & Sudarsanan, N. (211004). Improving expansive clay subgrades using recycled glass: Resilient modulus characteristics and pavement performance. Construction and Building Materials, 302

doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2021.124384

2021 Joseph, P., Arun, M., Bigger, S., Guerrieri, M., Pospiech, D., & Harnisch, C. (211001). Mode of action of condensed-and gaseous-phase fire retardation in some phosphorus-modified polymethyl methacrylate-and polystyrene-based bulk polymers. Polymers, 13(19),

doi: 10.3390/polym13193402

2021 Wasantha, P. LP., Guerrieri, M., & Xu, T. (210201). Effects of tunnel fires on the mechanical behaviour of rocks in the vicinity - A review. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 108

doi: 10.1016/j.tust.2020.103667

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.

Shortcrete Mix Fire Testing Research Trial for Underground Works
From: SLC SNOWY HYDRO JOINT VENTURE trading as Future Generation Joint Venture
For period: 2022-2022
Not disclosed

Recycled Material Blends to Backfill Sewer Trenches in Trafficable Areas
From: Sustainability Victoria
Other investigators: Dr Ehsan Yaghoubi, Prof Salvatore Fragomeni
For period: 2021-2024
$220,000
Research Fire Trial: Snowy 2.0 - Maria Sumpter June 2021
From: Boral Ltd
For period: 2021-2021
Not disclosed
Assessment of fire performance of a new expanded polystyrene based panel product
From: Foamex South Australia Pty Ltd, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
For period: 2021-2021
Not disclosed
Assessment of Fire Testing for Station Box Concrete – Arden Precinct
From: Innovation Connections, BarChip Australia Pty Ltd
For period: 2021-2021
Not disclosed
Blends of 100% recycled materials for construction of sustainable slab and pavement systems suitable for the West of Melbourne.
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Prof Salvatore Fragomeni, Dr Piyal wasantha Pallewela liyanage, Dr Ehsan Yaghoubi, Dr Rudi Van staden
For period: 2021-2022
$1,837,000

Assessment of Loaded Uniaxial Fire Testing for CBD North Melbourne Arden Precinct
From: Metro Tunnel (Tunnel and Stations PPP) Cross Yarra Partnership D&C Joint Venture
For period: 2020-2020
Not disclosed
Macro Synthetic Fibre for Concrete Reinforcement - Fire Testing Round One
From: Innovation Connections, BarChip Australia Pty Ltd
For period: 2020-2021
Not disclosed

Fire Performance of a Concrete Slab
From: RMIT
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed
Assessment of Fire Performance Testing of Two Concrete Mixes for the Cast in situ Eastern Portal Roof Slab South Yarra and Two Concrete Mixes for the Cast in situ Diaphragm Walls for Western Portal
From: Melbourne Tunnel Project & John Holland & CPB Contractors
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed
Fire Testing and Unload of Flat Panel for Westgate Tunnel Project (Additional Tests 3 & 4)
From: Westgate Tunnel Project & John Holland & CPB Contractors
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Fire Testing of Concrete Panels for Westgate Tunnel Project
From: Westgate Tunnel Project & John Holland & CPB Contractors
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed
Fire Testing of Concrete Panels for Melbourne Metro Tunnel
From: Melbourne Tunnel Project & John Holland & CPB Contractors, Metro Tunnel (Tunnel and Stations PPP) Cross Yarra Partnership D&C Joint Venture
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Principal supervisor
2 PhD Associate supervisor
1 Master of Research Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Principal supervisor
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
Master of Research (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Awards

Year Award
2019

Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence with Engagement - Victoria University