Dr Juan Hidalgo Medina

Senior Lecturer

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
j.hidalgo@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53838

Overview

Biography

Dr Juan P. Hidalgo is a Senior Lecturer in Timber and Fire Safety Engineering within the School of Civil Engineering. Juan joined The University of Queensland in 2016 as the first of the three academic appointments in the Centre for Future Timber Structures to lead the research and teaching on the fire safety of engineered timber structures. His background is in fire safety engineering, building systems and timber construction. His research to date has primarily focused on the performance of building materials for sustainable and durable construction exposed to fire conditions. Juan's field of expertise comprises material thermal degradation and flammability, heat transfer, and fire dynamics, highlighting his vast experience in multi-scale fire testing. Juan is actively involved in multiple research projects focused on sustainable construction such as timber, insulation materials, or composites, and studying the fire dynamics in modern buildings. He has become a key researcher in the ARC Future Timber Hub, currently delivering the most critical research project on fire safety of mass timber structures and acting as the interface between UQ and the main industry partners with a strong interest in fire research.

Juan completed his MEng in Industrial Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain), a five-year degree equivalent to Mechanical/Civil Engineering in the UK with a final year specialisation with a particular focus on structural engineering. He also attained an MSc in Industrial Construction and Installations at the same University. During his MSc, Juan joined PBD Fire Consultants S.L., a Spanish company specialising in fire safety design for the built environment. He worked for this company for two years as a consulting fire engineer in multiple national and international projects. Following the completion of his MSc in 2011, Juan joined the University of Edinburgh (UK) to pursue his PhD in Fire Safety Engineering sponsored by Rockwool International A/S, which was completed in 2015 with the thesis entitled “Performance-Based Methodology for the Fire Safe Design of Insulation Materials in Energy Efficient Buildings”. He continued his academic career at the University of Edinburgh as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering, being involved in numerous research projects such as the FireComp project, and other projects focused on the fire performance of facades, timber construction, concrete and diverse construction systems.

Teaching and Learning

Dr Juan P. Hidalgo contributes to the teaching of Civil Engineering Bachelor and Masters programmes, including the BE-ME in Civil and Fire Safety Engineering (EA-accredited) and the MEngSc in Fire Safety Engineering. He is involved in the following courses:

  • Introduction to Fire Safety Engineering (FIRE3700).
  • Fire Engineering Design: Solutions for Implicit Safety (FIRE4610).
  • Fire Dynamics (FIRE7620).
  • Fire Dynamics Laboratory (FIRE7640).
  • Structural Fire Engineering (FIRE7660).
  • Fire Engineering Design: Explicit Quantification of Safety (FIRE7680).
  • Research Thesis (FIRE7500).
  • Design of Timber Structures (CIVL4334).

Research Interests

  • Performance of building materials for sustainable and durable construction exposed to fire conditions
  • Fire safety of timber construction
  • Fire dynamics and fire safety strategies in modern infrastructure (tall buildings, energy efficient buildings)

Research Impacts

Dr Hidalgo’s main research focus at The University of Queensland has primarily centred on the fire safety tall buildings and mass timber construction. The research on tall buildings consists of two fundamental aspects: describing the complex fire dynamics in open plan compartments, common of tall buildings, and assessing the external fire spread risk in tall building design due to the use of combustible materials. These are key endeavours to enable the safety of mid and high-rise buildings, supported by his extensive previous contributions in the area of compartment fires and combustible insulation developed throughout his academic career.

With regards to mass timber construction research, since his arrival in UQ, he is leading fire safety research within the Centre for Future Timber Structures and the ARC Future Timber Hub. His expertise in fire safety of timber structures and tall buildings has become instrumental in achieving the main goal of the Hub, which is to enable tall buildings consisting of mass timber structures that are currently inhibited by the unquantifiable fire safety risks. These knowledge gaps are strategically well aligned with Dr Hidalgo’s expertise.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

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Other Outputs

  • McLaggan, Martyn S., Hidalgo, Juan P., Osorio, Andres F., Heitzmann, Michael, Carrascal, Jeronimo, Lange, David, Maluk, Cristian and Torero, Jose L. (2019): The Material Library of Cladding Materials. Collection. doi:10.14264/uql.2019.441

  • Basnayake, Asanka, Medina, Juan Hidalgo, Vandi, Luigi and Heitzmann, Michael (2018) Literature review of natural fibre composite fire properties. CIC1_16-020-004_002, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, The University of Queensland.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

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