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Matthew Kyng

Scholarship student
Victoria University


Matthew Kyng’s PhD aims at incorporating a simplified firebrand model in the Spark fire behaviour model. The study will involve experimental/physical modelling scenarios for firebrand transport of varying number, mass, length, surface to volume ratio and so on, under various wind conditions; statistical analysis of the transport to determine some dynamic transport equations; obtaining firebrand creation probability and ignition probabilities from other PhD studies; incorporation of firebrand creation probability, dynamic transport and ignition probabilities into an operational model; and comparison of the fire parameters to experimental/physical scenarios.

Matthew currently works as a teaching assistant at Macquarie University.