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Dale F. Janes Endowed Professor, Associate Professor &
Program Director of Fire Protection & Safety, Graduate Faculty of Chemical Engineering
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010
M.S., Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang University, 2005
B.S., Chemistry, Zhejiang University, 2003
MAJOR AREAS OF INTEREST
Chemical and Petroleum Process Safety
Safety Applications of Advanced Materials
RECENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
The projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (CBET), US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program, China Scholarship Council, ASSE Foundation, and OK-LSAMP.
Fire Retardant Materials
This current research tries to gain fundamental understanding of the flame retardancy of polymers through the synergistic interaction among the nanofillers, ones that cause a physical barrier effect and the others that cause catalytic charring effect in the condensed phase. The mechanism of nanofillers is explored by studying the kinetics and the mass/heat transfer processes during pyrolysis.
Thermal explosions of reactive chemicals and/or energetic materials are evaluated using both computational chemistry methods and calorimetric experiments. The molecular modeling can provide guidance for the design of safer chemical processes and safer handling of reaction hazards. The method is applied to study combustion of fire/flame retardant materials.
Quantitative Risk Assessment
The research of risk assessment focuses on both consequence modeling and frequency analysis for potential accidents in chemical plant, refinery, and offshore platform. The consequences caused by toxic release, fire, explosion, and smoke are modeled by engineering calculations and simulations. The statistical analysis on accidents is performed based on incident databases.
Z. Wang, W. Wang, Q. Wang*, “Optimization of Water Mist Droplet Size by Using CFD Modeling for Fire Suppressions”, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 2016, in press, DOI: 10.1016/j.jlp.2016.04.010.
Z. Wang, P. Wilson, Q. Wang*, “Evacuation Simulation of Confined Spaces in Petrochemical Facilities”, Process Safety Progress, 2016, in press, DOI: 10.1002/prs.11792.
R. J. Patel, Q. Wang*, “Prediction of Properties and Modeling Fire Behavior of Polyethylene using Cone Calorimeter”, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 2016, 41, 411-418.
W. Wang, C. Wang, J. Yi, Q. Wang*, “A Mathematical Model of Crevice Corrosion for Buried Pipeline with Disbonded Coatings under Cathodic Protection”, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 2016, 41, 270-281.
W. Wang, K. Liang, C. Wang, Q. Wang*, “Comparative Analysis of Failure Probability for Ethylene Cracking Furnace Tube Using Monte Carlo and API RBI Technology”, Engineering Failure Analysis, 2014, 45, 278-282.
P. Wilson, Q. Wang*, “Development of a Protocol for Determining Confined Space Occupant Load”, Process Safety Progress,2014, 33, 143-147.
W. Wang, Q. Wang*, C. Wang, J. Yi, “Experimental Studies of Crevice Corrosion for Buried Pipeline with Disbonded Coatings under Cathodic Protection”, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 2014, 29, 163-169. (The most downloaded articles from ScienceDirect in the last 90 days, 9/1/2014).
T. Ma, Q. Wang, M. D. Larrañaga, “From Ignition to Suppression, a Thermal View of Flammability Limits”, Fire Technology, 2014,50, 525-543.
T. Ma, Q. Wang, M. D. Larrañaga, “Correlations for Estimating Flammability Limits of Pure Fuels and Fuel-inert Mixtures”, Fire Safety Journal, 2013, 56, 9-19.
Q. Wang*, J. Wang, M. D. Larrañaga, “Simple Relationship for Predicting Thermal Hazards of Nitro Compounds”, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 2013, 111, 1033-1037.
Q. Wang*, T. Ma, J. Hanson, M. D. Larrañaga, “Application of Incident Command System in Emergency Response”, Process Safety Progress, 2012, 31, 402-406.
G. Wang, Q. Wang*, P. He, S. R. Pullela, M. Marquez, Z. Cheng*, “Target-wave to Spiral-wave Pattern Transition in a Discrete Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) Reaction Driven by Inactive Resin Beads”, Physical Review E, 2010, 82, 045201
Q. Wang, M. S. Mannan, “Prediction of Thermochemical Properties for Gaseous Ammonia Oxide”, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 2010, 55, 5128-5132.
Q. Wang, C. Wei, L. M. Porez, W. J. Rogers, M. B. Hall, M. S. Mannan, “Thermal Decomposition Pathways of Hydroxylamine: Theoretical Investigation on the Initial Steps”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2010, 114, 9262-9269.
Q. Wang, D. Ng, M. S. Mannan, “Study on the Reaction Mechanism and Kinetics of the Thermal Decomposition of Nitroethane”,Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2009, 48, 8745-8751.
Q. Wang, Y. Zhang, W. J. Rogers, M. S. Mannan, “Molecular Simulation Studies on Chemical Reactivity of Methylcyclopentadiene”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2009, 165, 141-147.