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Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Andrew D. Bragg’s research focuses on fundamental and applied problems in fluid dynamics, especially turbulence.
Particular problems include understanding the microphysical processes governing rain formation in clouds and their implications for global climate, the mixing of organisms in the ocean, water treatment, and the dispersion of pollution in the atmosphere, along with astrophysical and industrial problems. His approach to solving these problems combines methods from applied mathematics and statistical physics, along with high-performance computation. Recent interests also include ecohydrology, porous media flows and geophysical fluid dynamics.
Before joining the Duke University faculty, Dr. Bragg was a postdoctoral associate in the Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Dr. Bragg obtained his PhD in Theoretical Fluid Dynamics from Newcastle University in England.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Office Location: 2459 CIEMAS, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5511
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Ph.D. Newcastle University (United Kingdom), 2012
Fundamental and applied problems in fluid dynamics, especially turbulence, and its role in environmental systems.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- National Science Foundation CAREER award. CBET Fluid Dynamics. 2021
- EUROMECH Young Scientist Award, given at the 16th European Turbulence Conference at KTH in Stockholm. European Mechanics Society. 2017
- CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 691: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 780: Internship
In the News
- How Squeezing 'Eddies' Help Transfer Energy Through Turbulence (Dec 17, 2019 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Hurricanes: How to Prepare and Why They’re Getting More Dangerous (Sep 4, 2019)
- What Researchers Are Watching Out For This Hurricane Season (May 28, 2019 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Andrew Bragg: Making Sense of Chaos in Environmental Systems (Oct 1, 2016)
- Tom, J; Carbone, M; Bragg, AD, Exploring the turbulent velocity gradients at different scales from the perspective of the strain-rate eigenframe, Journal of Fluid Mechanics (2021), pp. 2343-2353 [10.1017/jfm.2020.960] [abs].
- Porporato, A; Hooshyar, M; Bragg, AD; Katul, G, Fluctuation theorem and extended thermodynamics of turbulence., Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences, vol 476 no. 2243 (2020) [10.1098/rspa.2020.0468] [abs].
- Ayet, A; Katul, GG; Bragg, AD; Redelsperger, JL, Scalewise Return to Isotropy in Stratified Boundary Layer Flows, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol 125 no. 16 (2020) [10.1029/2020JD032732] [abs].
- Ma, T; Lucas, D; Bragg, AD, Explicit algebraic relation for calculating Reynolds normal stresses in flows dominated by bubble-induced turbulence, Physical Review Fluids, vol 5 no. 8 (2020) [10.1103/PhysRevFluids.5.084305] [abs].
- Momenifar, M; Bragg, AD, Local analysis of the clustering, velocities, and accelerations of particles settling in turbulence, Physical Review Fluids, vol 5 no. 3 (2020) [10.1103/PhysRevFluids.5.034306] [abs].