School of Civil Engineering

Mr Vinny Gupta

Research Scholar
Office: 49-421:26
Phone: +61 7 3346 7418

Vinny is a Mechanical Engineer currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in Fire Safety Engineering. He developed a keen interest in fire safety engineering during his undergraduate thesis where he undertook a project investigating the material flammability of materials for microgravity environments for NASA’s Saffire project. His PhD research focuses on developing a theoretical framework that describes the fire dynamics of large open-plan compartments. Outside of his doctoral research, Vinny is involved in numerous areas of research such as the fire safety of timber, the uncertainty in CFD modelling of fires and in the flame spread of cladding materials. Vinny is the UQ SFPE Student Chapter Vice President.

From – Melbourne, Australia

Start of Studies – April 2017 (PhD)

SupervisorsDr Juan Hidalgo and Dr Cristian Maluk


  • B.Eng. – Mechanical Engineering – The University of Queensland, Australia (2015)

Teaching and Learning

  • Tutor of FIRE7620 - Fire Dynamics (2017)
  • Tutor of FIRE7640 – Fire Dynamics Laboratory (2018)
  • Tutor of ENGG4900 – Professional Practice in the Business Environment (2018)
  • Tutor of FIRE3700 – Introduction to Fire Safety Engineering (2019)
  • Tutor of CIVL2131 – Environmental Fluid Mechanics (2019)


Theoretical framework of open-plan compartment fires

Vinny’s PhD research aims to develop a theoretical framework to describe the evolution and thermal behaviour of fires in large open-plan spaces. This work involves the execution and analysis of large-scale compartment fire experiments that are highly instrumented. Computer modelling is used to supplement the analysis. These results are used to develop a fundamental understanding of the key parameters that govern how energy in large compartments is distributed and the impact this has on how fires spread and burnout in large spaces. The goal of this work is to develop a framework that quantifies the thermal solicitation from real fires onto the structure for the purposes of design.


  • Best Poster Prize, 1st Asia-Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School, November 2019
  • UQ Civil RHD Travel Assistant Grant to attend the 9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, 2019

Key Publications

V. Gupta, A.F Osorio, J.L. Torero, J.P. Hidalgo (2020). Mechanisms of flame spread and burnout in large enclosure fires. 38th International Symposium on Combustion.

V. Gupta, J.P. Hidalgo, A. Cowlard, C. Abecassis-Empis, A.H. Majdalani, C. Maluk, J.L. Torero (2020). Ventilation effects on the thermal characteristics of fire spread modes in open-plan compartment fires, Fire Safety Journal, doi:10.1016/j.firesafe.2020.103072.

J.P. Hidalgo, T. Goode, V. Gupta, A. Cowlard, C. Absecassis-Empis, J. Maclean, A. Bartlett, C.Maluk, J.M. Subirats, A.F. Osorio, J.L. Torero (2019), The Malveira Fire Test: Full-Scale Demonstration of Fire Modes in Open-Floor Plan Compartments, Fire Safety Journal, doi:10.1016/j.firesaf.2019.102827.

V. Gupta, J.L. Torero, C. Maluk, J.P. Hidalgo (2019), Analysis of Convective Heat Losses in a Full-Scale Compartment Fire Experiment, 9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, St. Petersburg, Russia, doi:10.18720/SPBPU/2/k19-53.

V. Gupta, D. Lange, C. Maluk, J.P. Hidalgo, The challenges of prescribing an appropriate design fire for the structurally safe design of contemporary architecture, Institute of Fire Engineers Australia Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2019.

V. Gupta, J.E. Cadena, J.P. Hidalgo, A.F. Osorio, C. Maluk, A.H. Majdalani (2018), Accounting for Uncertainty in Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Fully-Developed Compartment Fires, 12th International Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods Conference, Honolulu, United States of America.