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Prof Jennifer Wen

School/Department: Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
Position: Visiting Professor


Jennifer Wen graduated in 1984 from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China with the award of one of the only 3 fully funded PhD studentships among more than 200 graduates in the Department of Power Machinery Engineering. This financed her study at Queen Mary and Westfield College where she was awarded PhD for research on condensation heat transfer in 1990. Her professional career started in 1988 firstly with Computational Dynamics Ltd (now CD-ADAPCO) where she worked on the development of STAR-CD and then the Research Centre of the former British Gas working on multi-dimensional laminar flame modelling with detailed chemistry. She returned to academia in 1993 initially with South Bank University and moved to Kingston University in 1998 as Reader and awarded the professorial title in 2000. She established and currently leads the Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 1993 - 1994 Part-time study towards PGCHE, South Bank University
  • 1991 - 1993 Block residential study and distance learning towards Certificate in Management Studies, Oxford Brooks University
  • 1985 - 1988 PhD in heat transfer, Queen Mary and Westfield College London, holder of the British and Chinese Government Technical Co-operation Scholarship
  • 1984 - 1985 IELTS training, Shanghai Foreign Language Institute
  • 1980 - 1984 BEng (1st, Hons), Power Machinery Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Research Interests

Development and application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques with a primary focus on large eddy and direct numerical simulations while RANS-based CFD is used for problems involving very large domain. Jennifer's research is of particular relevance to the underlying physics in the following flow systems:

  • Fire including watermist/fire interaction and the response of glazing systems in fires
  • Gaseous explosions including transition from deflagration to detonation and structure response to blast loading
  • Spontaneous ignition
  • Multi-phase flow during high-pressure release
  • Dispersion of pollutants and industrial gases with particular emphasis on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and carbon dioxide in the context of carbon capture and storage(CCS)
  • Wind turbine aerodynamics and adjoint optimization with particular emphasis on the environmental impact of acoustic emission

    Jennifer heads the Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies and is a member of the Complex Flow Systems Research Group.

Teaching Area

Heat transfer, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, combustion and computational fluid dynamics.

Other Professional Activity

» Guest Editor, Special Issues on hydrogen safety, International Journal of Hydrogen Safety (2011-present).
» Member of EPSRC Peer Review Colleges (1995-present).
» Member of EPSRC Research Proposal Ranking panels (1998 – present)
» Expert Evaluators Panels for EU Framework 4, 5, 6 and 7 Framework Research Program.
» Steering Committee Member of the UK Explosion Liaison Group (2007 – present)
» Member of the Expert Advisory Council for the EU Network of Excellence on Hydrogen Safety (HYSAFE) (2006- 2010).
» Member of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (IA HySafe)
» Co-ordinator of EU FP6 HYFIRE project (2006-2010).
» Co-ordinator of EU FP5 FIRENET project (2002-2006).
» External examiner for the Fire and Explosion MSc Course at Leeds (2008-present).
» Regular keynote speaker at international conferences and invited speaker at professional meetings.
» Session Chair at the 4th Int. Seminar on Fire and Gas Explosion and the Scientific Committee of the 4th and 5th Int. Seminar on Fire and Gas Explosion (2004 and 2007) and Workshop on Enclosure Fires (2006).
» Member of editorial committee of Foxwell & Davies Scientific Publisher.
» Visiting Professor- Fire Safety Engineering Research Centre (FireSERT), University of Ulster, Belfast, UK (2001-2007).
» Visiting Professor – City University of Hong Kong (2006).
» Visiting Professor – Tsinghua University, China (2000).
» Program and Scientific Committee of the prestigious 23rd International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (ICDERS) to be held in July 2011 in the USA.
» Scientific Committee of the 4th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety.


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