Professor Derek Bradley

Professor Derek Bradley


Professional Distinctions

  • FRS, FREng, FIMech E, FInst P
  • Alfred C. Egerton Medal of The Combustion Institute for distinguished, continuing, and encouraging contributions to the field of combustion, 1992
  • Prize of the Portuguese Section of the Combustion Institute, 1996
  • Sugden Awards of the British Section of the Combustion Institute for the most Significant
  • Contribution to Combustion Research, (1987, 1994, 2009).
  • Huw Edwards Award of the Institute of Physics for services to Combustion Physics, 2007
  • Thomas Bernard Hall Prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2010
  • Gaydon Award for the best paper at the International Combustion Symposium, 2011
  • 2014 Boris Gelfand Medal  of the Russian Section of the Combustion Institute for “Contributions in combustion theory and practice, and promoting close scientific cooperation with the Russian Section.”
  • Former Chairman of the Committee of the Combustion Institute (British Section) and a Director of the Combustion Institute
  • Editor of “Combustion and Flame for 14 years”

Research interests

  • General combustion, including hazards - British Gas, Safety and Reliability Directorate UKAEA, Nederlandse Gas Unie, Petronas, Shell, 1982, Consultant to Brish Gas on Canvey Island LNG terminal. 1983, Studies with UKAEA on hydrogen explosion related to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor incident. 2001, Consultant to Airbus UK on Concorde fire. 2006 Advisor to QinetiQ on Kinloss Nimrod loss and fire. 2006-2008. Member of Explosion Mechanism Advisory Group of the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation.
  • Engine and Gas Turbine Combustion – Jaguar, Rover Group, Daimler Benz, Hyundai, Lucas, Volkswagen, Shell, Aramco, Rolls Royce, Smiths Industries, Siemens.
  • Combustion, Thermodynamics, Energy, Fluid Mechanics
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  • BSc (Hons)
  • PhD (Leeds)

Student education

  • Combustion and Energy, short courses

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Thermofluids