We offer research and testing opportunities at our Werribee campus for applications in fire safety engineering.

Victoria University has consolidated its research activity.From 2018 research that was part of Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE) is part of the newly formed Institute of Sustainable & Liveable Cities.

Cone calorimeter

The cone calorimeter provides a method of testing the reaction of materials to heat exposure.

In this test, small samples of materials (100 mm x 100 mm) are exposed to various levels of radiation.

The resulting products of combustion are drawn into a hood and analysed allowing various calculations, such as the mass loss and heat release rates, to be determined.

3MW calorimeter & ISO room

The 3MW calorimeter is similar to the cone calorimeter but at a much larger scale.

It allows the burning characteristics (heat release rate versus time) to be established for a variety of items, such as furniture.  

The characteristics burning these items directly under the hood or within an International Standards Organisation (ISO) room.

Measuring 3.6 m x 2.4 m x 2.4 m high, an ISO room is a standard for tests that allow the evaluation of lining materials giving a good indication of how they might behave in buildings.

Four storey building scale model

Various scenarios can be simulated utilising the detailed four storey building model.

Researchers can study fire and smoke movement that might occur in one or over several levels, including lift and stairwell involvement.

By varying the location of fuel and ventilation, the effects of different ventilation arrangements can be measured using more than 160 thermocouples and other instruments.