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.



Zheng S, Bruce P, Cuvier C, et al., 2021, The non-equilibrium dissipation scaling in large Reynolds number turbulence generated by rectangular fractal grids, Physical Review Fluids, ISSN:2469-990X

O'Driscoll D, Santer M, Bruce P, 2021, Design and dynamic analysis of rigid foldable aeroshells for atmospheric entry, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol:58, ISSN:0022-4650, Pages:741-753

Rees TW, Fisher TB, Bruce PJK, et al., 2020, Experimental characterization of the hypersonic flow around a cuboid (vol 61, 151, 2020), Experiments in Fluids: Experimental Methods and Their Applications to Fluid Flow, Vol:61, ISSN:0723-4864, Pages:1-1

Thillaithevan D, Bruce P, Santer M, 2020, Stress constrained optimization using graded lattice microstructures, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization: Computer-aided Optimal Design of Stressed Solids and Multidisciplinary Systems, Vol:63, ISSN:1615-147X, Pages:721-740


O'Driscoll D, Bruce PJ, Santer MJ, 2021, Hypersonic foldable Aeroshell for THermal protection using ORigami (HATHOR): evaluation of deployable structural rigidity during descent, AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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