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Dr David Bryant

Head Of Mechanical & Energy Systems

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Telephone +441274 235579


Dr Bryant is an Associate Professor in Automotive Engineering at the University of Bradford with a research specialism in automotive brakes and braking.  He graduated with a degree in Automotive Engineering from the University of Leeds followed by a PhD from the University of Huddersfield in the field of vehicle brake judder supported by Bentley Motors and an EPSRC CASE Award.  A period at the University of Huddersfield saw him hold positions of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer before moving to the University of Bradford in 2012 where he is now Head of the Department of Mechanical & Energy Systems Engineering.

Dr Bryant’s 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 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. Dr Bryant is a member of the Faculty’s Automotive Research Centre and directs the Braking Research Centre sub-group.  Since 2018 Dr Bryant sits as Chair of the IMechE Automobile Division Yorkshire Centre.  


Vehicle brakes and braking systems with a specific focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and braking instabilities


Teaching highlights

Programme Leader: MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering

MSc Automotive Systems Engineering

Professional activities

  • IMechE Automobile Division Yorkshire Centre, Chairman


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleSimplified three-dimensional finite element hot-spotting modelling of a pin-mounted vented brake disc: an investigation of hot-spotting determinants (2018)
AuthorsTang, Jinghan; Bryant, David; Qi, Hong Sheng; Whiteside, Benjamin R.; Babenko, Maksims
TitleInvestigation of stick-slip vibration in a commercial vehicle brake assembly (2017)
AuthorsAshraf N.;Bryant D.;Fieldhouse J.
JournalInternational Journal of Acoustics and Vibrations
TitleThe Influence of Pad Abutment on the Generation of Brake Noise (2011)
AuthorsFieldhouse, J.D.; Bryant, David; Talbot, C.J.
TitleBrake Judder - An Investigation of the Thermo-elastic and Thermo-plastic Effects during Braking (2011)
AuthorsBryant, David; Fieldhouse, J.D.; Talbot, C.J.
TitleHot Judder - An Investigation of the Thermo-Elastic and Thermo-Plastic Effects during Braking (2011)
AuthorsFieldhouse J.;Bryant D.;Talbot C.
JournalSAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems
Edited Book
TitleBraking Legislation for Road Vehicles: Braking of Road Vehicles 2016 (2016)
AuthorsWinfried Gaupp
PublisherInprint and Design
TitleBraking of Road Vehicles 2013 (2013)
PublisherInprint and Design
Title Author(s)
Experimental Investigation of the Dynamic Thermal Deformation and Judder of a Ventilated Disc Brake (2018)Tang J., Bryant D., Qi H.,
Ventilated Disc Thermal Localisations: Axisymmetric 2D FE Parametric Study (2017)Tang, Jinghan; Bryant, David; Qi, Hong Sheng
A 3D Finite Element Simulation of Ventilated Brake Disc Hot Spotting (2016)Tang, Jinghan; Bryant, David; Qi, Hong Sheng
A numerical investigation of hot spotting origin of ventilated disc brakes (2015)Tang, Jinghan; Bryant, David; Qi, Hong Sheng
A Finite Element Simulation of Disc Brake Hot Band Migration (2015)Tang, Jinghan; Bryant, David; Qi, Hong Sheng
Investigation of Brake Squeal Using a Flexible Multi Body Dynamics Model (2014)Alasadi, A., Bannister, P., Hussain, K., Bryant, D., Day A.,
Coupled CFD and FE Thermal Mechanical Simulation of Disc Brake (2014)Tang, Jinghan; Bryant, David; Qi, Hong Sheng
The prediction of pad vibration in a noisy disc brake using multibody dynamics analysis (2013)Alasadi, A; Bannister, P; Bryant, D; Day, A.J; Hussain, K.,
Hot Judder – An Analysis of the development process (2013)Bryant, D., Fieldhouse, J.D., and Claffey, E.,
Investigation Of Brake Pad Vibration Under Dynamic Squeal Conditions (2012)Bryant, D., Solms, F., Fieldhouse, J., Ashraf, N.,
The influence of pad abutment on brake noise generation (2011)Fieldhouse J.;Bryant D.;Talbot C.
An investigation of frictional vibration between pad and calliper in the generation of disk brake squeal (2010)Talbot, C.J., Fieldhouse, J.D. and Bryant, D.
A Study of Thermal Judder on a Laboratory Dynamometer (2008)Fieldhouse J., Bryant D., Talbot C., Crampton A., Layfield J.,
Thermal brake judder investigations using a high speed dynamometer (2008)Bryant D.;Fieldhouse J.;Crampton A.;Talbot C.;Layfield J.
A Study of the Thermo-elastic Effects of Braking on High Performance Cars (2007)Fieldhouse J., Bryant D., Palmer E., and Mishra R.,