Dr Juan Hidalgo Medina

Lecturer in Timber Engineering

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

Overview

Biography

Juan P. Hidalgo joined the University of Queensland in 2016 as a Lecturer in Timber and Fire Safety Engineering within the School of Civil Engineering. 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 behaviour in modern buildings.

Juan completed his M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain), a five-year degree equivalent to Mechanical Engineering in the UK with a final year specialisation with a particular focus on structural engineering. He also attained an M.Sc. in Industrial Construction and Facilities at the same University. During his M.Sc. Juan joined PBD Fire Consultants S.L., a Spanish company specialising in fire safety design for the built environment. He worked in this company for two years as a consulting fire engineer in multiple national and international projects. Following the completion of his M.Sc. in 2011, Juan joined the University of Edinburgh (UK) to pursue his Ph.D. 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

  • 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).
  • Research Thesis (FIRE7501).
  • 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)

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philisophy, University of Edinburgh

Publications

  • Maluk, Cristian, Linnan, Benjamin, Wong, Andy, Hidalgo, Juan P., Torero, Jose L. , Abecassis-Empis, Cecilia and Cowlard, Adam (2017) Energy distribution analysis in full-scale open floor plan enclosure fires. Fire Safety Journal, 91 422-431. doi:10.1016/j.firesaf.2017.04.004

  • Emberley, Richard, Gorska Putynska, Carmen, Bolanos, Aaron, Lucherini, Andrea, Solarte, Angela, Soriguer, Diana, Gutierrez Gonzalez, Mateo, Humphreys, Kathryn, Hidalgo, Juan P., Maluk, Cristian, Law, Angus and Torero, Jose L. (2017) Description of small and large-scale cross laminated timber fire tests. Fire Safety Journal, 91 327-335. doi:10.1016/j.firesaf.2017.03.024

  • Hidalgo, J. P., Cowlard, A., Abecassis-Empis, C., Maluk, C., Majdalani, A. H., Kahrmann, S., Hilditch, R., Krajcovic, M. and Torero, J. L. (2017) An experimental study of full-scale open floor enclosure fires. Fire Safety Journal, 89 22-40. doi:10.1016/j.firesaf.2017.02.002

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

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