Bruce has over 15 years’ experience in applying computational fluid and structural mechanics simulation to industrial problems in turbulence, thermofluids, multiphase flow and dynamic fluid-structure interaction across the aerospace, oil & gas, nuclear and process industries.
Bruce originally studied Civil Engineering at the undergraduate and masters level, specializing in fluids and structures, before pursuing a Ph.D. in the Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling of plate-type windborne debris flight. This began his career-long interest in the application of computational mechanics simulation to various structural and fluid dynamics problems.
His subsequent career has spanned both industrial and academic roles, including a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Rolls Royce UTC in Gas Turbine Transmission Systems as well as various other engineering consultancy roles.
He has over a decade of experience in applying mathematical modeling and computational mechanics simulation to provide clear answers to complex performance and safety challenges across the aerospace, oil & gas, renewable energy, chemical process, and nuclear sectors.
- Developing efficient methodologies for simulating the flow-induced and acoustic-induced vibration and fatigue/fretting durability of process systems components. These methods continue to support the successful analysis-based qualification of critical systems in the offshore oil/gas sector.
- Applied a coupled 1D-3D thermal-hydraulic model of a PWR steam generator to predict fluid flow maldistribution and conjugate heat transfer performance of various plenum designs. Model findings informed the optimization of plenum designs to reduce statistical maldistribution across tubes and strategies to achieve target performance.
- Advancing the application of Eulerian and Lagrangian multiphase CFD methods to the complex mixed regime (segregated-dispersed) and multi-scale (thin & thick films) flows that occur in gas turbine transmission components such as bearing chambers and power gearboxes. The work coupled and extended traditional single-regime multiphase methodologies to the complexities of real-world conditions and has been successfully applied to other applications in the process industry.
- Developed and validated a methodology for simulating the non-linear fluid-structure interaction of autorotating plate-type projectiles.
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics
- Multiphase flow methods development
- Fluid-structure interaction
- Vibro-acoustic simulation
- Structural integrity/durability
- Ph.D. Civil Engineering – Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Nottingham, UK
- MSc (Distinction) Civil Engineering – Environmental Fluids and Structures, University of Nottingham, UK
- BSc (1st Class Honours) Civil Engineering, Makerere University, Uganda
- Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)
- Offshore Oil & Gas
- Chemical & Process
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