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.



Threadgill J, Bruce P, Unsteady flow features across different shock/boundary-layer interaction configurations, Aiaa Journal: Devoted to Aerospace Research and Development, ISSN:0001-1452

Gomez-Vega N, Gramola M, Bruce PJK, 2020, Oblique shock control with steady flexible panels, Aiaa Journal, Vol:58, ISSN:0001-1452, Pages:2109-2121

Gramola M, Bruce P, Santer M, Off-design performance of 2D adaptive shock control bumps, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol:93, ISSN:0889-9746

Rabey P, Jammy SP, Bruce P, et al., 2019, Two-dimensional unsteadiness map of oblique shock wave/boundary layer interaction with sidewalls, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:871, ISSN:0022-1120

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

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