Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Fires PhD scholarship 2018 / 2019

Scholarshipnations.com -A PhD scholarship is available to investigate the mapping of firebrand and heat flux on structures in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).

Destructive bushfires often occur in extreme environmental conditions, such as high winds, that are difficult to reproduce experimentally. A particular danger associated with bushfires is the spread of embers, or firebrands, which can cause ignition of new spot-fires significant distances from the main fire front. Modelling of bushfires and their impact is critical to mitigating the risk posed by fires to property.

Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator (WFDS) is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based fire model which can be used to simulate fire spread in landscapes from fundamental physical principles. However, simulations of firebrand transport are fundamentally limited by imprecise knowledge of the number of firebrands that are generated from a bushfire.

Therefore it is essential that data on the number and physical characteristics of firebrands produced by vegetation be collected and use as input parameters for WFDS model. There is currently great interest in improving models of firebrand transport with a view towards developing an improved building standard to lower the risk associated with firebrand attack.

This study will attempt to simulate firebrand distributions and use the results to develop an idealised correlation between firebrand generation and properties such as particle number, size, shape, mass, and fire intensity. The correlations will be to develop a strategy to include firebrand flux in the Australian Standard AS3959.


All applicants must meet the entry criteria for a PhD at Victoria University. Applicants may be domestic or international, but must have a discipline background in mechanical, chemical or civil engineering, or applied mathematics. Previous research experience and prior publications are an advantage.

How to apply

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Complete the online application form (external link).

Further information

For further information on this project, please contact Associate Professor Khalid Moinuddin via email: khalid.moinuddin@vu.edu.au.