Student researcher

Dr Christopher Thomas Research Leader

This research revolved around the numerical models which allow for two-way interaction between a bushfire and the surrounding atmosphere, which is an essential tool in understanding the dynamic behaviour of fire. These models permit a more detailed appreciation of the physical processes underlying extreme bushfire development, however, there remain shortcomings with the technology. This research evaluated current modelling methodologies, particularly pertaining to spot fire development, quantifying the separate effects of radiation and convection, and delivering a dataset of coupled fire-atmosphere simulations of fundamental burning scenarios for comparison with experimental data.

This project was completed in October 2019.

Christopher Thomas Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
A key problem in wildfire modelling is how to capture dynamic fire behaviour in models suitable for...
Incorporation of spotting and fire dynamics in a coupled atmosphere - fire modelling framework
29 Jun 2017
This project focuses on looking for ways to improve operational fire-spread modelling by looking for...