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School of Engineering
University of Warwick
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Jennifer Wen was born in Zhizhong County of Sichuan Province, China. She studied Mechanical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 1980 to 1984. Upon graduation, she won one of the only three fully funded scholarships among more than 200 graduates in her department for study abroad. This has supported her to conduct PhD research on condensation heat transfer at Queen Mary College, University of London from 1985 to 1988. Her professional career started in 1988 firstly with Computational Dynamics Ltd (now CD-Adapco) where she worked on the development of STAR-CD, a general purpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. She left CD-Adapco to join the Watson House Research Centre of the former British Gas plc in 1991 working on the numerical study of multi-dimensional laminar flames with detailed chemistry. Jennifer returned to academia in 1993 initially with London South Bank University and moved to Kingston University in 1998 as Reader and awarded the Professorial title after 18 months. She established and led the world-class Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies at Kingston University for over 10 years. She was also the Director of Research for the former School of Engineering and then Faculty of Engineering at Kingston University for over 10 years.

Jennifer took up the appointment as Professor of Engineering at the University of Warwick on 1 May 2013. She has established and currently leads Warwick FIRE, a multidisciplinary research laboratory for both fundamental and applied research into fire and explosion hazards as well as accidental release of hazardous materials.

  Click here for a brief description of the current and recently completed research projects of Professor Wen


Fundamental research through model development and study of generic flow configurations
  • Development and application of CFD techniques with a primary focus on large eddy simulation (LES)
  • Buoyant plumes
  • Free and impinging jets
  • Channel flows
  • Wall effects
  • Multi-phase flows
  • Autoignition
  • Flame acceleration
  • Transition from deflagration to detonation
  • Liquid cascades
Cross cutting safety issues related to energy
  • Fire and explosion safety of lithium-ion batteries
  • Decompression characteristics of pipelines, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines for transport captured CO2 as part of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) process
  • Atmospheric dispersion from high pressure CO2 release in the context of CCS
  • Fire and explosions on offshore platforms and process plants
  • Safety of liquefied natural gas (LNG)
  • Hydrogen safety for hydrogen energy applications
  • Safety strategies for onboard hydrogen storage
  • Fire and explosion safety of biomass
  • Potential re-ignition and flame acceleration related to the use of syngas in gas turbines
Cross cutting safety issues related to buildings and the environment
  • Flame spread along solid surface
  • Fire propagation and smoke movement in buildings, tunnels and transportation systems
  • Structure response to fire and blast loading
  • Coupled CFD and finite element (FE) analysis for the behavior of glazing systems in fires
  • Coupled CFD and FE analysis for building structure response to fires and wind loading
  • Fire growth in external facades and other vertical spaces
  • Fire suppression with Micromist/fire sprinklers


Membership of Learned or Professional Societies
  • Lead guest editor to publish 3 special issues on hydrogen safety for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (IJHE) (2011-present)
  • Steering committee member of the UK Explosion Liaison Group (UKELG)
  • Member of EPSRC Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub Science Board
  • Editorial board, Journal of Fire Science (since 2010)
  • Member of editorial committee of Foxwell & Davies Scientific Publisher (2007-present)
  • Member of the Expert Advisory Council for the EU Network of Excellence on Hydrogen Safety (HYSAFE) (2006- 2009)
  • Member of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (2009-present)
  • Member of the Combustion Institute (British Section), Institute of Physics (since 1991)
  • Member of the International Association for Fire Safety Science (Since 1999)
Grant Assessment and Ranking Panels
  • Member, EPSRC Peer Review Colleges (1995-present)
  • Expert Evaluators Panels, EU FP4, 5, 6 and 7 Research Program (1997-present)
  • Evaluator of the Erasmus Mandus Programme, Executive Agency on Education, Audiovisual & Culture for the European Commission (2009-present)
  • Expert Monitor and Final Report Assessor, EU FP 6 and 7 (2008-present)
  • Reviewer, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (2005-present)
  • Expert Evaluator, THE FUND FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, Belgium Government (2011-present)
  • Expert Evaluator, Co-funding scheme of Cyprus and the European Commission Regional
  • Development Fund (2010)
  • Expert Evaluator, Qatar National Research Fund (2010-present)
  • Expert Evaluator, Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) schemes (2010-present)
  • Reviewer, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Honary Appointments
  • Visiting Professor, University of Ulster, UK (2001-2006)
  • Visiting Professor, City University, Hong Kong (2006)
  • Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, China (2000)
  • Visiting Professor, Dalian Institute of Technology, China (2010-present)
  • Visiting Professor, The Fire Protection Institute in China (2010-present)

Research Projects

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