Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Reader in High Speed Aerodynamics



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Dr Bruce leads a research group in experimental high speed aerodynamics at Imperial, utilising Imperial’s supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnels. His research focuses on how air interacts with objects travelling at high speed, including understanding the shock waves which form on high speed planes and designing atmospheric re-entry vehicles for future space exploration missions. Dr Bruce joined Imperial in 2011 and currently teaches undergraduate courses in aircraft aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics for re-entry vehicles.



Peacocke L, Bruce P, Santer M, 2019, Coupled aerostructural modelling of deployable aerodecelerators for Mars entry, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol:56, ISSN:0022-4650, Pages:1221-1230

Grossman I, Bruce P, 2019, Sidewall gap effects on oblique shock wave-boundary layer interactions, Aiaa Journal, Vol:57, ISSN:0001-1452, Pages:2649-2652

Rabey P, Jammy SP, Bruce P, et al., Two-dimensional unsteadiness map of oblique shock wave/boundary layer interaction with sidewalls, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN:0022-1120

Gramola M, Bruce PJK, Santer M, 2019, Photogrammetry for accurate model deformation measurement in a supersonic wind tunnel, Experiments in Fluids, Vol:60, ISSN:0723-4864

Grossman I, Bruce P, 2018, Confinement effects on regular-irregular transition in shock wave-boundary layer interactions, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:853, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:171-204

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