Andrew D Bragg

Bragg

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

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. Newcastle University (United Kingdom), 2012

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

  • 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

Representative Publications

  • Bragg, AD; Richter, DH; Wang, G, Mechanisms governing the settling velocities and spatial distributions of inertial particles in wall-bounded turbulence, Physical Review Fluids, vol 6 no. 6 (2021) [10.1103/PhysRevFluids.6.064302] [abs].
  • 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].