• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 609 Citations
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Dr Jianping Zhang is a Reader in Fire Dynamics and Material at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment. He holds a BEng (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering. After obtaining his PhD on "Numerical modelling of pool fires and flame spread" at Kingston University in 2005, he joined Ulster University as a research associate in the FP6 project PredFIRE-Nano, in which he was responsible for the development and validation of a complete methodology for predicting the burning behaviours of polymer nanocomposites based on intrinsic properties extracted from micro- and small-scale tests. He was appointed as Lecturer in 2008 and subsequently promoted to Reader in 2016. He has worked on FP7 projects including ENFIRO, AircraftFire and ELISSA and the H2020 project EENSULATE as well as projects funded by industry and UK government. His research interests consist of fundamental experimental investigation of material flammability and fire dynamics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of flames and fires, numerical analysis of heat transfer and pyrolysis of solids, and application of quantitative risk analysis in fire safety engineering. He has published widely in the fields of fire safety, material flammability and combustion.

External positions

External Examiner, BEng & BSc Honours programmes for Fire Safety Engineering, Letterkenny Institute of Technology

2016 → …

External Examiner, BSc (Hons) International Fire Safety Management, University of Central Lancashire

2016 → …

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Research Output

Experimental investigation on the burning behaviors of thin-layer transformer oil on a water layer

Zhao, J., Zhang, J., Chen, CH., Huang, H. & Yang, R., 1 Jul 2020, In : Process Safety and Environmental Protection. 139, p. 89-97 9 p.

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  • Experimental study on the burning characteristics of transformer oil pool fires

    Zhao, J., Wang, S., Zhang, J., Zhou, R. & Yang, R., 16 Mar 2020, In : Energy and Fuels.

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  • Experimental study on the spread and burning behaviors of continuously discharge spill fires under different slopes

    Zhao, J., Zhu, H., Zhang, J., Huang, H. & Yang, R., 15 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Hazardous Materials. 392, 122352.

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  • Fire Retardant Action of Layered Double Hydroxides and Zirconium Phosphate Nanocomposites Fillers in Polyisocyanurate Foams

    Asimakopoulou, E., Zhang, J., McKee, M., Wieczorek, K., Krawczyk, A., Andolfo, M., Scatto, M., Sisani, M., Bastianini, M., Karakasidis, A. & Papakonstantinou, P., 10 Feb 2020, In : Fire Technology. 56, 4, p. 1755-1776 22 p.

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  • An experimental investigation of burning behaviour of liquid pool fire in corridor-like enclosures

    Chotzoglou, K., Asimakopoulou, E., Zhang, J. & Delichatsios, M. A., 1 Sep 2019, In : Fire Safety Journal. 108, 102826.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    Burning behaviour of liquid pool fires in corridors and thermal characteristics of resulting externally venting flames

    Author: Chotzoglou, K., Oct 2018

    Supervisor: Zhang, J. (Supervisor) & Choi, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis