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Professor Bruce Drinkwater

Professor Bruce Drinkwater

Professor Bruce Drinkwater
B.Eng., Ph.D.(Lond.), A.C.G.I., D.I.C., C.Eng., F.I.Mech.E., F.Inst.NDT, M.Inst.P.

Professor of Ultrasonics

Area of research

Ultrasonic engineering

Office 2.47
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 5914


Ultrasonics; Non-Destructive Testing (NDT); Ultrasonic arrays; Ultrasonic particle manipulation.



Bruce W. Drinkwater was born in Hexham, England in 1970. He received BEng and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, England in 1991 and 1995 respectively.   His PhD thesis was on the subject of solid coupled ultrasonic devices for Non-Destructive Evaluation.

From 1996 to the present he has worked as an academic in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Bristol, England.  He was promoted to Professor in 2007.  His research interests focus on ultrasonics and NDE.  He has published over 100 journal articles covering 1) the interaction of ultrasound with adhesive joints, thin layers and interfaces, 2) ultrasonic array imaging for NDE and, 3) particle manipulation for biological and material manufacture applications.  

Between 2000 and 2005 he was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow and in 2010 he received the Roy Shape Prize for significant contribution to NDE research.

Gadget Show LiveDrinkwater's team exhibiting an ultrasonic levitator at the Gadget Show Live in 2016


Vibrations (to 2nd year Mech. Eng. UGs)

Ultrasonics and Acoustics (to 4th year Mech. Eng. UGs and EngDs/PhDs)

Professor Drinkwater giving a lecture in the @bristol science museum 

Professor Drinkwater giving a lecture in the @bristol science museum

Institute of Acoustics

Professor Drinkwater talking at an Institute of Acoustics event


  • Ultrasonics
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
  • Ultrasonic arrays
  • Ultrasonic particle manipulation
  • Metamaterials
  • Microfluidics
  • Devices

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system


Professor Drinkwater currently teaches 1 courses:

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