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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Master of Education

Award Date: 16 Jun 2023

Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PgCHEP)

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

PhD, Numerical modelling of pool fires and flame spread, Kingston University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005

Bachelor, BEng, Mechanical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998

External positions

External Examiner, BEng (Hons) Fire Engineering (Apprenticeships), Birmingham City University


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


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



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