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.

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 is Course Director for the MSc in Guided Weapons Systems.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Bacci D, Saddington A & Bray D (2016) Wavelet analysis of complex geometry transonic cavity flows. In: AIAA Flow Conference, Washington DC, 13-17 June 2016.
  • Tipnis TJ, Knowles K & Bray D (2010) Prediction of axis-switching in jets from rectangular nozzles. In: International Powered Lift Conference 2010, Philadelphia, PA, 5 October 2010.
  • Bray D, Knowles K, Saddington AJ, Ritchie SA & Finnis MV (2006) 3-D Visualisation of Rectangular Cavity Flows at Transonic Speeds. In: 12th International Symposium on Flow Visualization, 2006, Goettingen, 10 September 2006.
  • Knowles K, Lawson NJ, Bray D, Ritchie SA & Geraldes P (2004) Studies of Transonic Cavity Flows Relevant to Aircraft Stores Carriage and Release. In: RTO Applied Vehicle Technology Panel (AVT) Symposium, Williamsburg, VA, 7 June 2004.
  • Bray D, Lawson NJ & Harding SJ Supersonic Business Jet Aircraft Design. In: 23rd International Congress of Aeronautical Sciences, Toronto, 8 September 2002.


  • Bray D (2010)

    Special features of guided weapon stability and control

    . In: Encyclopaedia of aerospace engineering. Blockley R, Shyy W (ed.), Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, p. 2737-2749.