Contact Dr Derek Bray

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical Systems
  • Aerospace Structures
  • Aircraft Design
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Flight Physics
  • Gas Turbines & Propulsion
  • Weapons Engineering


Dr Bray obtained his first class BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in 1982. He was awarded his PhD in jet aerodynamics by Cranfield University in 1992.

Dr Bray has had industrial experience with British Coal, GEC Marconi Avionics, GEC Mechanical Engineering Laboratory and British Aerospace Space and Communications Division. He has been emplyed by Cranfield University at the DefenceAcademy of the UK (Shrivenham) since 1987.

Research opportunities

Weapon and aircraft propulsion, aerodynamics and structures.

Current activities

Dr Bray's interests include:

aerodynamics, propulsion and structural design of guided weapons, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles

jet and cavity aerodynamics

external ballistics.

He was Course Director for the MSc in Guided Weapons Systems until recently but is now emplyed on a part-time basis..


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