Prof Graham Thorpe

Prof Graham Thorpe

Prof Graham Thorpe

Professor Thorpe's work is motivated by realising the benefits of applying engineering science to a wide range of practical problems. Much of his work has resulted from the recognition that engineers increasingly analyse phenomena that occur on small time and length scales, and integrate them to accurately describe large scale systems.

Professor Thorpe is developing the idea of omni-science which transcends the physical sciences to encompass a range of disciplines including biology and human behaviour.

The engineering profession is presently on the cusp of radical transformations.  They are being driven by the recent availability of commercial computer software that enables a wide range of physical phenomena to be studied simultaneously.  For example, when a building catches fire it is possible to estimate not only the rate at which heat is given out, but also how this interacts with the structural integrity of the building.  These ideas are being used by researchers in CESARE to study how to better design buildings subject to fires.

A strand of Professor Thorpe's teaching and research aims to syncretise, or meld engineering and architecture.  He is also researching how increased computing power and information technology will impact on education for the architectural and building professions.

Blog posts on Views & Visions

Post Date Key Topics
Fire in France 25 Aug 2014
Flow Prediction Through Canopies
18 Aug 2015
A simple model of flow through a tree canopy and comparison with large-eddy simulations.
Evaluation of Operational Models for Wind Variability Over Complex Terrain
18 Aug 2015
Understanding the variability of wind speed and direction across complex terrain is a vital part of...
Impact of Vegetation Regrowth on Wind Direction Over Complex Terrain
18 Aug 2015
Modelling wind direction can be recast in probabilistic terms using wind response distributions....
Next generation models for predicting the behaviour of bushfires: Challenges and prospects
25 Aug 2014
Bushfires occur on a scale that may be measured in kilometers.  However, a challenge faced in...

Resources credited

Type Released Title Download Key Topics
HazardNoteEdition 25 Oct 2016 Next generation fire modelling PDF icon Save (1.35 MB) fire impacts, fire severity, fire weather
Presentation-Slideshow 24 Oct 2016 Fire spread across fuel types PDF icon Save (3.44 MB) fire impacts, fuel reduction, modelling
Presentation-Slideshow 04 Dec 2014 Challenges in physics based bushfire modelling PDF icon Save (885.16 KB) fire, fire severity, modelling
Presentation-Audio-Video 27 Oct 2014 Next generation models for predicting the behaviour of bushfires fire, modelling
Presentation-Slideshow 08 Sep 2014 Next generation models for predicting the behaviour of bushfires PDF icon Save (1.12 MB) fire, modelling
Presentation-Slideshow 21 Mar 2014 Fire spread prediction across fuel types PDF icon Save (1.49 MB) fire, modelling, prescribed burning

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