Houzhi Wang

Dr Houzhi Wang

Completed PhD student
Dr Houzhi Wang

Houzhi graduated in 2018. His research developed a greater understanding of the initiation of smoldering combustion under different conditions. With little currently known about how smoldering contributes to fire development and ignitions, Houzhi looked at the effects of oxygen concentration and heat transfer on the initiation of smoldering, and how it impacts different vegetation types. Houzhi was awarded the best paper prize at the Australian Combustion Symposium in Melbourne in December 2015.

Houzhi is currenlty a postdoc researcher at the Universtiy of Adelaide.

Student project

Smouldering is a slow and low-temperature form of combustion without a flame. It is a serious hazard because of its low ignition temperature, which impacts on fire initiation and spread, as well as its toxic emissions. Many forest biomass fuels such as grass, leaves and coarse woody debris are prone to smoulder, but little investigation has been undertaken on its effects on bushfire development and ignition. The project aims to develop a greater understanding of the initiation of smouldering combustion under different conditions
Supervisory panel:
Air permeability of the litter layer in temperate forests of south-east Australia
29 Jun 2017
Fuel on the ground, such as leaves, twigs and decomposing matter, accumulate over time and account...
Houzhi Wang Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
Smouldering is a type of slow, low-temperature combustion of relevance to bushfires.
Initiation of Smouldering Combustion in Biomass
18 Aug 2015
Smoulder is a type of slow, low-temperature combustion of relevance to bushfires. It occurs both in...

Resources credited

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Presentation-Slideshow 24 Oct 2016 Smouldering combustion in bushfires PDF icon Save (317.63 KB) fire, prescribed burning
07 Jan 2016 Houzi Wang 2015 Progress Report PDF icon Save (67.69 KB)

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