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Dr Cristian Birzer

Telephone +61 8 8313 3148
Position Senior Lecturer
Fax +61 8 8313 4367
Building Engineering South
Floor/Room 3 06
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Mechanical Engineering

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Biography/ Background

Dr Cristian Birzer MIEAust CPEng is a Chartered Professional Mechanical Engineer and Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Engineering at the School of Mechanical Engineering. He is a former consultant engineer and also member of the Australian Defence Force, having worked in East Timor and the Solomon Islands. Cris also deployed to Nepal with the World Food Programme to assist with the 2015 Earthquakes emergency response.

Cris is the Director and co-founder of the Humanitarian Technology Research Group, Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Humanitarian Engineering and also the Director of External Relations for the School of Mechanical Engineering. He is a former Manager of MechTest, the consulting arm of the School of Mechanical Engineering, and former Manager of the Adelaide Wind Tunnel.

Awards & Achievements

2014 SA Tall Poppy Award

2014 Prince of Wales Award (Defence)

2012 Young Professional Engineer of the Year (SA)

2011 Finalist Advantage SA Young South Australian of the Year 

2010 Young Mechanical Engineer of the Year

2009 PhD thesis commendation from the Dean of Graduate Studies

2009 ATSE Symposium Fellowship

Teaching Interests

Renewable Fluid Power Technology (Mech Eng level 4)

Sustainability and the Environment (Mech Eng level 3)

Professional Practice IV (Chem Eng level 4)

Research Interests

Current Postgraduate Students

Cheong - PhD "Targeted unmixing of particles in suspension"

Leknys - PhD "Investigation of dynamic stall on horizontal axis wind turbines"

Thong - PhD "Investigation of side jet injection on gas combustion mixing"

Wang - PhD "Initiation of smouldering combustion in biomass"

Kirch - PhD "Investigation of the combustion of cookstoves for developing communities".

Past Postgraduate Students

2015 Laveti - MEng "The cause of failure in humanitarian development projects"

2013/14 Holden - MEng "Investigations into wood combustion in biomass cookstoves"

2013 Wu - MEng "Re-use of residual heat and energy harvesting"

2012 Purohit - MEng "Spanwise measurements of plasma actuators"

Engineering Honours Projects

2016, 2015, 2014


Book Contributions

Birzer, C.H., and Birzer, C.H. (2011), "How the Australian Army does it: Development of training packages at the Defence Force School of Signals", in Engineering Education - An Australian Perspective, ISBN 978-1-907132-29-2, Ed. Grainger and Kestell, Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd.

Journal Publications (last 10 years)

Kirch, T., Medwell, P.R. and Birzer, C.H. (2016) "Natural draft and forced primary air combustion properties of a top-lit up-draft research furnace", Biomass and Bioenergy, 91, 108-115, doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.05.003

Kirch, T., Birzer, C.H., Medwell, P.R. and Holden, L. (2016) "The role of primary and secondadry air on wood combustion in cookstoves", International Jouranl of Sustainable Energy, 1-10

Cheong, M., Birzer, C.H., and Lau, T. (2015) "Laser attenuation corrections for planar nephelometry concentration measurements", Experimental Techniques, DOI: 10.1111/ext.12167

Thong, C.X., Kalt, P.A.M., Dally, B.B., and Birzer, C.H. (2015) "Flow dynamics of multi-lateral jets injection into a round pipe flow", Experiments in Fluids, 56(1), 1-16.

Birzer, C.H., Medwell, P.R., MacFarlane, G., Read, M., Wilkey, J., Higgins, M., and West, T. (2014) "A biochar-producing, dung-burning cookstove for humanitarian purposes", Procedia Engineering 78, 243-249.

Kalt, P.A.M., Birzer, C.H., Evans, H., Liew, A., Padovan, M., and Watchman, M. (2014) "A solar disinfection water treatment system for remote communities, Procedia Engineering 78, 250-258. 

Birzer, C.H., Medwell, P.R., Higgins, M., MacFarlane, G., Read, M., West, T., and Wilkey, J., (2013) "An analysis of combustion from a top-lit up-draft (TLUD) cookstove", Journal of Humanitarian Engineeering, 2(1), pp. 1-8

Greig, A., Birzer, C.H. and Arjomandi, M. (2013), "Atmospheric plasma thruster, theory and concept" AIAA Journal, 51, 32-371 (DOI:10.2514/1.J051793).

Birzer, C.H. (2012), "The characterisation of jets using correlations of large-scale features in instantaneous planar images", Experiments in Fluid, 53(6), 1681-1691 (DOI: 10.1007/s00348-012-1383-4).

Birzer, C.H., Kalt, P.A.M., and Nathan, G.J. (2012), "The influences of particle mass loading on the mean and instantaneous distribution of particles in particle-laden precessing jet flows", International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 41, 13-22 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2011.11.009).

Birzer, C.H., Kalt, P.A.M., and Nathan, G.J. (2011), "A method to provide statistical measures of large-scale instantaneous particle clusters from planar images", Experiments in Fluids, 51(3), 641-656 (DOI: 10.1007/s00348-011-1081-7).

Birzer, C.H., Kalt, P.A.M., and Nathan, G.J. (2011), "The influences of jet precession on large-scale turbulent particle clusters", International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 37(4), 394-402 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2010.12.003).

Birzer, C.H., Kalt, P.A.M., and Nathan, G.J. (2009), "The influence of jet precession on near field particle distributions", International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 35, 288-296 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2008.10.009).

Birzer, C.H. and Doolan, C.J. (2009), "A quasi-one-dimensional model of hydrogen-fueled scramjet combustors", Journal of Propulsion and Power, 25 (6).

Kalt, P.A.M, Birzer, C.H., and Nathan, G.J. (2007), "Corrections to facilitate planar-imaging of particle concentration in particle-laden flow using Mie-scattering part 1: Collimated laser sheets." Applied Optics, 46 (23), 5823-5834. 

Professional Interests

(In addition to the stated Research Interests)

Clean and Sustainable Technologies

Humanitarian and Emergency Relief

Military and Engineering Education

Military and Emergency Telecommunications

Community Engagement

Reviewer for the International Journal of Multi-Phase Flows, Journal of Humanitarian Engineering, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Atmospheric Pollution Research.

2015-present Congress Representative, Engineers Australia

2015-present Member, SA Government Aboriginal Employment Infrastructure Cluster

2014-present Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Humanitarian Engineering

2010-present, 2002 Division Committee Member, Engineers Australia - SA Division

2008-present Member, Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief


2014-2015 President, Engineers Australia - SA Division

2013 Deputy President, Engineers Australia - SA Division

2011-2013 Tutor, Australian Refugee Association Homework Club

2009-2013 Advantage SA Speakers in Schools

2011-2013 Board Member International Young Professionals Foundation (IYPF)

2011 President and Chair of the Board, International Young Professionals Foundation (IYPF)

2013 Treasurer International Young Professionals Foundation (IYPF)

2010-2012 Organising Committee Member, 2012 Engineering Leadership Conference (ELC 2012)

2011, 2002 Chair Young Engineers Australia - SA Division

2010, 2009, 2001 Vice Chair Young Engineers Australia - SA Division

Entry last updated: Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016

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