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Dr Siaka Dembele

Associate Professor


I was awarded a PhD in Heat Transfer & Energy Engineering in 1998 from the leading Engineering Institute INSA (Lyon, France) for research on fire thermal radiation attenuation by water sprays. My PhD work, funded by the European Commission and the oil and gas industry,  was the first to characterize experimentally the spectral radiation attenuation of water sprays, and is now widely used as a reference in the field. Since joining Kingston University in 1998, I have been involved in various research projects as PI and co-I, on radiation heat transfer modelling in jet and pool fires, fire modelling and suppression by water sprays/sprinklers and glazing behaviour in fires. I am currently PI for the H2020 MSCA project RAD-FIRE (2017-2019) to improve radiation models in fire safety codes. I lead the Fire, Explosion and Fluid Dynamics (FEFD) research team at KU and teach Thermofluids to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Areas of specialism

  • Radiation heat transfer in fires and combustion systems
  • Gas radiation modelling
  • Fire suppression by sprinklers, water sprays, watermist and micromist
  • Fire modelling & Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Glazing behavior in fires


  • 1994-1998: PhD, Institut National des Sciences Appliquees (INSA)-Lyon (France)
  • 1993-1994: MSc, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - Lyon (France)
  • 1988-1993: MEng Degree, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Institute Ecole Nationale Superieure des Ingenieurs d'Abidjan (ENSIA) - Ivory Coast
  • 2016: Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional membership

  • Member International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS): 2002-Present
  • Member UK Heat Transfer Society: 2010-Present
  • Member Scientific Council - International Water Mist Association (IWMA): 2014-2017


  • Radiation heat transfer modelling in pool and jet fires
  • Gas radiation modelling in fire applications
  • Fire suppression by sprinklers and water sprays
  • Modelling sprinkler and water sprays
  • Improving radiation modelling in fire CFD codes
  • Fire modelling with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics)
  • Behaviour of glazing in fires


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Dembele, S., Lima, K. L. M. and Wen, J. X. (2011) Assessment of an unstructured exponential scheme discrete ordinates radiation model for non-gray media. Heat and Mass Transfer, 47(11), pp. 1349-1362. ISSN (print) 0947-7411

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