Dr Siaka Dembele


I was awarded a PhD in Thermal and 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 many research projects on fires, heat transfer and fluid dynamics as PI and co-I. I lead the fire and fluid dynamics research group at Kingston University and sit  as elected member in the Scientific Councils of the International Water Mist Association (IWMA), and International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT). I teach Thermofluids to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Academic responsibilities

Associate professor


  • 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)

Teaching and learning


  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Radiation heat transfer modelling in fires and CFD codes
  • Gas radiation modelling 
  • Fire suppression by water sprinklers, water sprays and water mist
  • Modelling spray formation in sprinklers and mists
  • Fire modelling with CFD 
  • Glazing behaviour in fires

Research student supervision