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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Centre for Fire & Explosion Studies


Welcome to the Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies (CFES). The CFES was established at Kingston University in 1998. It aims to deliver high quality research, postgraduate training and consultancy services in fire and explosion modelling as well as environmental flows. The Centre is internationally renowned for its modelling capabilities based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques with a primary focus on large eddy and direct numerical simulations (LES and DNS) and RANS-based CFD for problems involving very large domain.

With a clear focus on models development to address the underlying physical and chemical processes, we have established a niche that strikes a fine balance between fundamental research, high quality publications and industrial applications related to fire and explosion safety in the built environment, transport systems, process plants and offshore platforms.

The main research activities within the CFES are grouped in the following key areas:

  • Fire Research
  • Explosion Research
  • Fire/Explosion prevention, Protection and Mitigation
  • Hazardous Release and Dispersion
  • Fundamental Research Developments
  • Complex Flow Systems Modelling and Simulation

For general enquiries contact the Centre Director, Dr Siaka Dembele at

Associated Research Groups


Four new PhD Researchers joined CFES

We would like to welcome the following four PhD researchers who recently joined the CFES to …

Dr Dembele awarded a DVFS Grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering

Dr Dembele was awarded in January 2015 a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship grant from the Royal Academy …

Two PhD projects vacancies in CFES (Closing date: 7 November 2014).

The Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies (CFES) at Kingston University is currently inviting applicants for two PhD …