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Dr Rahul Wadhwani

Postdoctoral Fellow (2021 - )

Research Centre for Fire Safety Engineering

Department of Building Services Engineering

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Office: ZN808

Email: rdwadhwani0220@gmail.com

Biography:

Dr. Wadhwani is a postdoc fellow at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his PhD (2019) from the Centre of Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering at Victoria University, Melbourne, where he experimentally and computationally studied the transport of short-range firebrands inside a forest canopy. He got his M. Tech (2014) and B. Tech (2014) from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in Hydrocarbon and Chemical Engineering respectively, during which he focused on the fluid flow and combustion.

Background of Education:

  • 2014.11- 2019.11 PhD, Victoria University, Melbourne

  • 2009.06- 2014.07 B. Tech & M. Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Research Interest:

Fire Dynamics and Modelling; Fluid Dynamics; and Heat Transfer

Prizes and Awards:c

  • Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Fellowship, Victoria University (2018)

  • NFPA Foundation Medal, NFPA, USA (2018)

  • Sheldon-Tieszen Student Award, IAFSS (2017)

  • Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC PhD Scholarship, Victoria University (2014-19)

  • Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Top-up Scholarship, Victoria University (2015-19)

  • Ministry of Human Resource and Development PG Fellowship, IIT Roorkee (2013-14)

  • Merit-cum-means Scholarship, Deans Academics, IIT Roorkee (2012-13) 

 

Publication:

Journal Paper:

1. E. Rackauskaite, [and 16 others including R. Wadhwani], Fire Experiment inside a Very Large and Open-Plan Compartment: x-ONE, Fire Technology, 2021 (Current Status: Just Accepted).
2. G. Kumar, [and four others including R. Wadhwani], Air quality parameters in the Indo-Gangetic plain during COVID-19 induced lockdown, Pollution Research, 2021 (Current Status: Article in press).
3. L. I. Pooley, [and 4 others including R. Wadhwani], Measurements of specific heat capacity of common building materials at elevated temperatures - A comparison of DSC and HDA, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 141, 2020, p. 1279.
4. Abu-Bakar, [and 3 others including R. Wadhwani], Characterisation of pyrolysis and combustion parameters of charring materials most frequently found in buildings, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 139, 2020, p. 2985.
5. E. Ronchi, [and 4 others including R. Wadhwani], An open multi-physics framework for modelling wildland-urban interface fire evacuations, Safety Science, Vol. 118, 2019, p. 868.
6. N. Khan, [and 3 others including R. Wadhwani], Physics-based simulation of heat load on structures for improving construction standards for bushfire prone areas, Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 5, 2019, A. 35.
7. R. Wadhwani, [and 3 others], Kinetics of pyrolysis of litter materials from pine and eucalyptus forests, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 130 (3), 2017, p. 2035.
8. R. Wadhwani, [and 4 others], Verification of Lagrangian particle model for short-range firebrand transport, Fire Safety Journal, Vol. 91, 2017, p.776.
9. R. Wadhwani, B. Mohanty, Computational Fluid Dynamics Study of a Complete Coal Direct Chemical Looping Sub-Pilot Unit, Iranian Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Vol. 35 (3), 2016, p. 139.
10. R. Wadhwani, B. Mohanty, Effect of ash on coal direct chemical looping combustion, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, Vol. 39 (5), 2016, p. 271.
11. R. Wadhwani, B. Mohanty, Effects of operating pressure on the key parameters of coal direct chemical looping combustion, International Journal of Coal Science & Technology, Vol. 3 (1), 2016, p. 20.
12. R. Wadhwani, S. Khanam, B. Mohanty, Optimization of the amount of chemical dosage to improve the performance of dissolved air flotation unit, Separation Science and Technology, Vol. 50 (7), 2015, p. 1038.

Conference Paper:

1. R. Wadhwani, D. Sutherland, K. Moinuddin, Simulated transport of short-range embers in an idealised bushfire, 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, Sydney, Australia Apr. 29th-May 3rd, 2019.
2. D. Sutherland, [and 4 others including R. Wadhwani], Simulations of the effect of canopy density profile on sub-canopy wind speed profiles, AFAC 2018, Perth, Australia Sept. 5-8th, 2018.
3. R. Wadhwani, D. Sutherland, K. Moinuddin, Ignitability of eucalyptus litters, AFAC 2018, Perth, Australia, Sept. 5-8th, 2018.
4. E. Rackauskaite, [and 17 others including R. Wadhwani], x-One fire experiment in a very large and open plan compartment, 12th International Performance-based Codes and Fire Safety design methods conference, Hawaii, USA, Apr. 25-27th, 2018.
5. R. Wadhwani, D. Sutherland, K. Moinuddin, Suitable pyrolysis model for physics-based bushfire simulation, 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Dec. 10-14th, 2017.
6. E. Ronchi, [and 4 others including R. Wadhwani], Framework for an integrated simulation system for wildland-urban interface fire evacuation, International conference on Research & Advanced Technology in Fire Safety, Santander, Spain, Oct. 20-21st, 2017.
7. R. Wadhwani, D. Sutherland, K. Moinuddin, Appraisal of linear and Arrhenius models for combustion of hay, AFAC 2017, Sydney, Australia, Sept. 4-7th, 2017.
8. P. Joseph, [and 3 others including R. Wadhwani], Characterization strategies to study the thermal degradation and combustion behaviours of polymeric materials: a critical analysis, 36th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Lorne, Australia, Nov. 20-23rd, 2016.
9. R. Wadhwani, D. Sutherland, K. Moinuddin, Scattering and Transport of firebrands: effects of firebrand shapes, AFAC 2016, Brisbane, Australia, Aug. 30th - Sept. 1st, 2016.
10. R. Wadhwani, [and 4 others], Refinement and validation of firebrand transport sub-model for a physics-based bushfire prediction model: Design of a firebrand generator, AFAC 2015, Adelaide, Australia, Sept.1-3rd, 2015.
11. R. Wadhwani, B. Mohanty, A Review on clean & efficient technology to generate electricity from coal, International Conference on Chemical, Agricultural and Medical Sciences, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dec. 29-30th, 2013.
12. R. Wadhwani, V. Singh, P. P. Singh, Hazards on offshore platform: a review, Chemcon 2012, NIT Jalandhar, Jalandhar, India, Dec. 27-30th, 2012.
13. R. Wadhwani, [and 4 others], Modeling of Dissolved Air Flotation unit to optimize the amount of chemical dosage using ANN, Chemference 2012, IIT Bombay-ICT Mumbai, Mumbai, India, Dec. 10-11th, 2012.

 

Commissioned Report/Research Monograph

1. E. Ronchi, [and 15 others including R. Wadhwani], Case Studies of Large Outdoor fires involving Evacuation, Emergency Management & Evacuation (EME) Subgroup, Large Outdoor Fires & the Built Environment (LOF&BE) Working Group of the International Association for Fire Safety Science, London, February 2021.
2. D. Sutherland, [and 4 others including R. Wadhwani], Simulations of the effect of canopy density profile on sub-canopy wind speed profiles, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne, December 2018.
3. R. Wadhwani, D. Sutherland, K. Moinuddin, A literature review on Australian Standard AS 3959 from physics-based fire modelling, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne, June 2018.
4. E. Ronchi, [and 5 others including R. Wadhwani], e-Sanctuary: Open Multi-Physics Framework for Modelling Wildfire Urban Evacuation, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, December 2017.

 

Industry report
1. R. Wadhwani, K. Moinuddin, Combustion behaviour of PUR-PIR building material according to Building Code of Australia, Gradient Services, Melbourne, 2016.
2. R. Wadhwani, P. Mondal, B. Mohanty, Design of heat exchangers for column reactors, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, Roorkee, 2013.