Summary of Output

  • Extensive studies on fire models like field and zone models, theory, application and the roles in the implementation of EPBFC.
  • Extensive studies on the performance of fire protection systems such as sprinkler systems, fire detection systems, smoke control systems and gas protection systems.
  • Proposal of using a time constant for specifying the atrium smoke filling processes.
  • Development of a full-scale burning facility, PolyU/USTC Atrium at USTC for studying fires in big enclosed spaces.
  • The joint PolyU/USTC "Fire Safety and Technology Research Centre for Large Space" is recognized by CAS as a laboratory at Academy level, and rated second among 16 joint HKSAR universities and CAS laboratories in November 1999.
  • PolyU staff acts as a non-official Member of the Fire Safety Committee, Buildings Department, SAR Government (1998- ) to approve fire safety designs in all buildings using the concept of EPBFC. Over 15 new projects on airport cargos terminal, big godowns, shopping malls and highrise buildings had been assessed since 1998.
  • PolyU staff acts as an occasional advisor to the Fire Services Department, SAR Government (1988- ) on advanced projects such as investigations of fires in Garley Building, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, and airport terminal building.
  • International Awards to research students:
  • - 1999 National Fire Protection Association (USA) Scholarship for International Graduate Students in Fire Science and Engineering of US$5000 to Mr. K.C. Cheung, part-time PhD student, working on industrial fires.
    - 2000 National Fire Protection Association (USA) Scholarship for International Graduate Students in Fire Science and Engineering of US$5000 to Miss Gigi C.H. Lui, PhD student, working on karaoke fires.
  • Launching of the International Journal on Engineering Performance-Based Fire Codes in June 1999.
  • Launching of the International Journal on Architectural Science in April 2000.
  • Publications by PolyU academic staff:
  • - Over 170 refereed journal papers;
    - Over 40 refereed conference papers;
    - 40 others;
    - 6 sets of teaching materials for courses up to MSc degree level.