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Dr Supan Wang 王苏盼

Postdoc Fellow (2019 - )

Research Centre for Fire Engineering

Department of Building Services Engineering

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Office: ZS 843



Dr. Wang is a postdoctoral fellow at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her PhD (2016) from the State Key Laboratory of Fire Science at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Her research interests are in combustion, heat and mass transfer, ignition, smouldering and transition to flaming combustion.


Background of Education:

  • 2011 - 2016,  Ph.D. in University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), State Key Laboratory of Fire Science       Advisors: Prof. Naian Liu & Haixiang Chen           Thesis: Experimental and Theoretical Study on Spotting Ignition

  • 2014 -2015,  Exchange student in Imperial College LondonDepartment of Mechanical Engineering                                         Advisor: Prof. Guillermo Rein

  • 2007 – 2011,  B.S. in Safety Science and Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University

Professional Experiences:

      2016 - present                          Postdoc and Lecturer                 Nanjing Tech University

Research Interest:

Fire Dynamics, Fire Modelling, Ignition Theory, Smouldering Fire, Thermal Decomposition Chemistry, Material Flammability, Explosion Hazard

Research Grants:

  • 1. Study on the smoldering and transition to flaming ignition mechanism of recipient fuel: coupling effects of wind and firebrands, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (No. 51706095), 2018/01-2020/12, RMB 250K. PI

  • 2. Heat transport and control mechanism of hot-particle ignition in ambient wind, Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu (No. BK20171001), 2017/07-2020/06, RMB 200K. PI

  • 3. Study on the spot fire ignition mechanism and modeling of recipient fuel, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2017M611798), 2017/01-2018/12, RMB 500K. PI

  • 4. Study on the combustion characterize of firebrands in ambient wind, Open Fund of the State Key Laboratory of Fire Science (No. HZ2017-KF08), 2017/01-2018/12, RMB 80K. PI

Prizes and Awards:

  • 1. 2015 Excellent Poster Award, 10th Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Science and Technology

  • 2. 2013 National Scholarship, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China



 Journal Paper:

  • 1. S. Wang, X. Huang, H. Chen*, N. Liu and G. Rein, Ignition of low-density expandable polystyrene foam by a hot particle, Combustion and Flame, 162 (2015) 4112-4118. IF = 4.494 (Q1)

  • 2. S. Wang, H. Chen and N. Liu, Ignition of expandable polystyrene foam by a hot particle: An experimental and numerical study, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 283(2015)536-543. IF = 6.434 (Q1)

  • 3. S. Wang, X. Huang, H. Chen and N. Liu, Interaction between Flaming and Smoldering in Hot-Particle Ignition of Forest Fuels and Effects of Moisture and Wind, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 26(2017) 71-81. IF = 2.445 (Q1)

  • 4. S. Wang, H. Chen and L. Zhang, Thermal decomposition kinetics of rigid polyurethane foam and ignition risk by a hot particle, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 131 (2014). IF = 1.901 (Q2)

  • 5. J. Yang, S. Wang and H. Chen, Effect of interface thermal resistance on ignition of reactive material by a hot particle. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 97 (2016). IF = 3.891 (Q1)

  • 6. J. Song, S. Wang and H. Chen, Safety distance for preventing hot particle ignition of building insulation materials, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters 4 (2014) 11-034005. IF = 1.26

  • 7. J. Gong, J. Li, L. Shi, X. Wang, S. Wang and Z. Wang, Analytical prediction of heat transfer and ignition time of solids exposed to time-dependent thermal radiation, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 2018, 130, 227-239. IF = 3.361 (Q1)

  • 8. S. Wang, Y. Zhang, X. Huang, Ignition of EPS Foam by a Hollow Particle: Threshold, Auto-ignition, and Fire Point, Combustion and Flame, 232(2021):111524. IF = 4.494 (Q1)

  • 9. S. Wang, P. Ding, S. Lin, X. Huang*, A. Usmani, Deformation of wood slice in fire: Interactions between heterogeneous chemistry and thermomechanical stress, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 38(2021):5081-5090. IF = 5.627 (Q1)


 Conference Paper:

  • 1. S. Wang, X. Huang, H. Chen*, N. Liu and G. Rein, Expandable Polystyrene Foam Spot Fire Ignition by Hot Metal Particle, 10th Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan, 5-7 October 2015.

  • 2. S. Wang, X. Huang, H. Chen* and N. Liu*, Smouldering and smouldering-to-flaming ignition of pine needles by a hot particle: influence of moisture content and wind, 36th International Symposium on Combustion, Seoul, South Korea, 31 July - 5 August 2016.

  • 3. Supan Wang, Pengfei Ding, Shaorun Lin, Xinyan Huang, Asif Usmani, Deformation of smoldering wood particle under external radiation, 13th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, Waterloo, Canada, 26-30 Apr. 2021. 

  • 4. Supan Wang, Yu Zhang, Xinyan Huang, Spotting Ignition and Fire Point of EPS Foam by a Hot Hollow Particle, 38th International Symposium on Combustion, Adelaide, Australia, 24-29 Jan 2021. 


  • 1. Experimental system and Test method of High pressure Storage Tank BLEVE induced by leaking, Patent for invention, Patent No. 201811064391.8, 2018.

  • 2. A Fire induced High pressure Tank BLEVE device and test system, Patent for invention, Patent No. 201811064395.6, 2018.

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