Dr Xu Dai
Senior Lecturer in Fire Engineering
Dr Xu Dai is a Senior Lecturer in Fire Engineering at the Department of Built Environment at Birmingham City University, leading the course on the first UK apprenticeship in fire engineering.
Prior to his current position, Xu was a senior structural fire engineer at Buro Happold based in London office in 2021-2022, specialising in structural fire engineering assessment for fire protection optimisation to achieve sustainable engineering design solutions.
Xu also worked at the National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA in 2019-2021, as a foreign guest researcher fully funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. His work was mainly contributing on the research project Steel-concrete composite floor systems subject to fire, to evaluate structural resilience and failure modes of the steel-composite structure from system level exposed to large compartment fires.
Xu was a post-doctoral research associate at the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, in 2017-2019 (full-time), 2019-2020 (part-time), on research projects Characterization of travelling fires in large compartments, funded by the European Commission (Research Fund for Coal and Steel); Achieving resilience by integrating societal and technical knowledge (Challenging-RISK), and High-performance computing support for United Kingdom Consortium on turbulent reacting flows (UKCTRF), both funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), with an integrated focus on characterising realistic fires in large open-plan compartment of office buildings (i.e., “travelling fires”) for sustainable performance-based structural fire design, via both numerical and experimental methods.