Brenton McLaury, Ph.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Brenton McLaury, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Brenton McLaury is a professor of mechanical engineering and graduate of The University of Tulsa. His wife (chemical engineering), son (mechanical engineering/biomedical engineering minor), and daughter (biology and psychology) also graduated from TU. He enjoys teaching, and his primary area of research has been in the area of solid particle erosion, which also requires in-depth study of particulate motion in gas, liquid, and gas-liquid flows. McLaury has over two decades of experience with collaborate research in this field.

He along with other faculty have brought international oil and gas producers and service companies together to attack common problems. In most cases, these studies use a combination of experimental testing and computational fluid dynamics modeling to better understand the motion and impact of particles in internal flows for a broad range of conditions. Erosion prediction software developed as part of this work has enabled many of the major producers to more accurately determine operating conditions that prevent excessive erosion helping protect personnel and the environment.

Awards and Honors

  • Tau Beta Pi Professor of the Year, 2005
  • Kermit E. Brown Award for Teaching Excellence, 2006
  • The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award, 2006
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Mid-Continent Section J.T. Blackburn Award for Service, 2008
  • ASME Fellow, 2017


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tulsa, 1996
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tulsa, 1993
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tulsa, 1991

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Solid particle erosion
  • Liquid-solid flow
  • Gas-liquid-solid flow