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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

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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
2020 Guerrieri, M., Sanjayan, J., & Mohd, Ali. (200101). Geopolymer damage due to leaching when exposed to water (pp. 74-78).

doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-43332-1_15

Year Citation
2020 Guerrieri, M., Fragomeni, S., Sanabria, C., Lee, W. M., & Pazmino, E. (200919). Australian Large Scale Structural Fire Test Facility for Concrete Tunnel Linings In Huang, S. -S;. (Ed.), Paper presented at Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Concrete Spalling due to Fire Exposure (pp. 122-131). Sheffield, UK: The University of Sheffield.

Year Citation
2020 Ho, N. M., Doh, J. H., Fragomeni, S., Yang, J., Yan, K., & Guerrieri, M. (201001). Prediction of axial load capacity of concrete walls with openings restrained on three sides. Structures, 27 (1860-1875).

doi: 10.1016/j.istruc.2020.08.011

2020 Weerasinghe, P., Nguyen, K., Mendis, P., & Guerrieri, M. (200701). Large-scale experiment on the behaviour of concrete flat slabs subjected to standard fire. Journal of Building Engineering, 30

doi: 10.1016/j.jobe.2020.101255

2020 Guerrieri, M., Sanabria, C., Lee, W. M., Pazmino, E., & Patel, R. (200101). Design of the metro tunnel project tunnel linings for fire testing. Structural Concrete,

doi: 10.1002/suco.202000140

2019 Guerrieri, M., & Fragomeni, S. (191101). Spalling of Large-Scale Walls Exposed to a Hydrocarbon Fire. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 31(11),

doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002828

2018 Mohd, Ali., Sanjayan, J., & Guerrieri, M. (180101). Specimens size, aggregate size, and aggregate type effect on spalling of concrete in fire. Fire and Materials, 42(1), (59-68).

doi: 10.1002/fam.2457

2017 Mohd, Ali., Sanjayan, J., & Guerrieri, M. (171201). Effect of aggregate size on the spalling of high-strength wall panels exposed to hydrocarbon fire. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 29(12),

doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002087

2017 Mohd, Ali., Sanjayan, J., & Guerrieri, M. (170415). Performance of geopolymer high strength concrete wall panels and cylinders when exposed to a hydrocarbon fire. Construction and Building Materials, 137 (195-207).

doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.01.099

2016 Guerrieri, M., & Fragomeni, S. (161201). Mechanisms of spalling of concrete panels of different geometry in hydrocarbon fire. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 28(12),

doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001680

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 Performance of a Concrete Slab
From: RMIT
For period: 2019-2019
$10,000
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: Westgate 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
$103,150
Fire Testing of Concrete Panels for Melbourne Metro Tunnel
From: 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

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Currently supervised research students at VU

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

Currently supervised research students at VU

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