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Dr David Bryant

Dr David Bryant


Graduated from the University of Leeds with MEng (Hons) in Automotive Engineering (2005). PhD at the University of Huddersfield (2009) in the field of vehicle brake judder supported by Bentley Motors and an EPSRC CASE Award.

Became a Lecturer in Automotive Engineering at the University of Huddersfield (2010), promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012. A refocus towards research followed in 2012 becoming a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Brakes Engineering at the University of Bradford. Became a Lecturer in Automotive Engineering in 2014 at the University of Bradford.

Research interests centre on vehicle brakes and braking systems with a specific focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and braking instabilities. Drawing on regular funding from automotive OEMs, the work has gained international recognition with the publication of several conference papers and journal articles. Projects have directly impacted on vehicle design and production and have embedded an understanding of complex problems. Knowledge Transfer interests focus on the running of the renowned Braking of Road Vehicles short course for industry and the associated course on the Jaguar Land Rover Technical Accreditation Scheme.

Vice Chairman, IMechE Automobile Division Yorkshire Centre, 2016

Dr Bryant is a member of the Automotive Research Centre and directs the Braking Research Centre sub-group.


Current, and significant recent, funded projects

Understanding NVH Palliatives: 2015-16, £98k, funded By Jaguar Land Rover

Brake CAE: 2015, funded By Bentley Motors

Brake Judder: 2014, funded By Bentley motors

Quiet Brake 2 project: Bradford lead in collaboration with the Universities of Cranfield and Liverpool, £317k, 2011-2014, funded by Jaguar Land Rover

Investigation of the mechanism leading to low frequency brake squeal, £150k, 2012-2014, funded by Mando, S.Korea,

Experimental Investigation of Brake Judder, £25k, 2013, funded by Bentley Motors Limited


Tang, J., Hot Spotting of Automotive Braking systems (PhD) [with Dr. H.S. Qi]

Bemrose, J., Source and Response Modelling of Brake Squeal Using Multi Body Dynamics (MPhil)

Alasadi, A., Modelling Brake Noise Using Multi Body Dynamics (PhD) [with Prof. A.J. Day]

Ashraf, N., 2013, "An Investigation of the Influence of the Friction Pair, Contact Pressure Distribution on Disc Brake Squeal", 2013, PhD. University of Huddersfield


Tang J., Bryant D., Qi H., "A Finite Element Simulation of Disc Brake Hot Band Migration", Eurobrakre 2015, Dresden 4-6 May 2015, EB2015-TEF-011

Alasadi, A., Bannister, P., Hussain, K., Bryant, D., Day A., "Investigation of Brake Squeal Using a Flexible Multi Body Dynamics Model", Eurobrake 2014 Conference Proceedings, EB2014-BV-012, Lille, France, May 2014.

Tang, J., Bryant, D., Qi, H., "Coupled CFD and FE Thermal Mechanical Simulation of Disc Brake", Eurobrake 2014 Conference Proceedings, EB2014-SA-019, Lille, France, May 2014.

Alasadi, A; Bannister, P; Bryant, D; Day, A.J; Hussain, K., "The prediction of pad vibration in a noisy disc brake using multibody dynamics analysis". Eurobrake 2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-0-9572076-0-8, EB2013-NVH003

Bryant, D., Fieldhouse, J.D., and Claffey, E., (2013), "Hot Judder " An Analysis of the development process" Eurobrake 2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-0-9572076-0-8, EB2013-NVH-011,

Bryant, D., Solms, F., Fieldhouse, J., Ashraf, N., (2012), "Investigation Of Brake Pad Vibration Under Dynamic Squeal Conditions", EuroBrake 2012, Dresden, Germany, EB2012-NVH-06

Bryant D., Fieldhouse J., Talbot C., (2011), "Brake Judder - An Investigation of the Thermo-elastic and Thermo-plastic Effects during Braking", International Journal of Vehicle Structures & Systems, Vol 3, No 1, ISSN 0975-3060

Fieldhouse, J., Bryant, D., and Talbot, C., "The Influence of Pad Abutment on Brake Noise Generation," SAE 2011 Noise and Vibration Conference and Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, 2011-01-1577, 2011, doi:10.4271/2011-01-1577

Fieldhouse J.D., Bryant D., and Talbot C.J., (2011), "Hot Judder - An Investigation of the Thermo-Elastic and Thermo-Plastic Effects during Braking" SAE Int. J. of Passeng. Cars " Mech. Syst. August 2011 4:1086-1101; doi:10.4271/2011-01-1575, ISSN: 1946-3995

Fieldhouse J.D., Bryant D. and Talbot C.J., (2011), "The Influence of Pad Abutment on the Generation of Brake Noise", International Journal of Vehicle Structures & Systems, Vol 3, No 1, ISSN 0975-3060

Talbot, C.J., Fieldhouse, J.D. and Bryant, D. (2010), "An investigation of frictional vibration between pad and calliper in the generation of disk brake squeal", INTER-NOISE 2010, the 39th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, 13-16 June 2010, Lisbon, Portugal

Fieldhouse J.D., Bryant D. and Talbot C.J., (2009), "A Robust Experimental Evaluation of Novel Cool Disc Brake Design". 27th Annual SAE 2009 Brake Colloquium and Exhibition , 11th - 14th October 2009, Tampa, Florida, USA

Fieldhouse J., Bryant D., Talbot C., Crampton A., Layfield J., (2008), "A Study of Thermal Judder on a Laboratory Dynamometer", SAE Brake Colloquium, San Antonio 2008, 2008-01-2542.

Bryant D., Fieldhouse J., Crampton A., Talbot C., Layfield J., (2008), "Thermal Brake Judder Investigations Using a High Speed Dynamometer" SAE World Congress, Detroit 2008, 2008-01-0818.

Palmer E., Mishra R., Bryant D., and Fieldhouse J.D., (2008), "Analysis of air flow and heat dissipation from a high performance GT car front brake", SAE International Congress 2008, April 2008, Detroit USA

Bryant D., Fieldhouse J.D., Crampton A., and Talbot C.J., (2008), "Hot Judder Investigations Using a High Speed Brake Dynamometer", Inaugural Automotive Researchers' Conference, 8-9 January 2008, University of Huddersfield.

Fieldhouse J., Bryant D., Palmer E., and Mishra R., "A Study of the Thermo-elastic Effects of Braking on High Performance Cars", 21st JUMV International Automotive Conference, Science and Motor Vehicles, Belgrade 2007.

Bryant D., Fieldhouse J., Talbot C., Crampton A., Mishra R., "The development of a design methodology to reduce the probability of brake judder and drone due to thermo-elastic instabilities of the brake rotor", FISITA World Automotive Congress, Yokohama 2006, F2006V077

Bryant D., Crampton A., Fieldhouse J.D., and Talbot C.J., (2006), "Discussion of characteristics of brake judder and the necessary data acquisition system for complete analysis", Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2006: CEARC"06. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 1-6

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