Prof Richard Walls University of Stellenbosch
Wednesday 24th February
Time: 10h00 – 10h45
Live Streaming Link: https://www.facebook.com/iThembaSE/live/
Prof Walls Biography:
Prof Richard Walls is the head of the Fire Engineering Research Unit at Stellenbosch University, Africa’s first research team with a focus on fire engineering and structural fire design. Various fire related topics are currently being investigated, such as the design of steel structures in fire, analysis of structures in fire, forensic fire investigations, 3D printed concrete in fire, materials behaviour and informal settlement fire behaviour. Full-scale fire tests on shacks have been conducted on around seventy homes to understand fire behaviour, spread and how to reduce the impact of such fires. The behaviour of different smoke and fire alarms in informal settlements has been carried out. In 2020 he was awarded the “TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher” national award. The national NSTF-South32 Awards are the largest Science, Engineering & Technology & Innovation (SETI) awards in South Africa, known as the ‘Science Oscars’. His research has been covered by multiple newspapers, radio stations and websites.