Brenton S. McLaury

Brenton McLaury

ProfessorStephenson Hall 2085
brenton-mclaury@utulsa.eduResearch Website

Research has focused on examining erosion resulting from the presence of sand during oil and gas production. Both experiments and computational fluid dynamics are used to develop models to predict the severity of erosion.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tulsa
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tulsa
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering (With Honors), The University of Tulsa

Areas of Research Focus

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Particle Flow in Liquids and Gases
  • Erosion

Courses Taught at TU

  • Energy Conversion (ME 3043)
  • Gas Dynamics (ME 7043)
  • Gas Turbines (ME 4343)

Awards & Recognition

  • ASME Mid-Continent Section J.T. Blackburn Award for Service, 2008
  • Kermit E. Brown Award for Teaching Excellence in College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, 2006
  • Tau Beta Pi Teaching Excellence Award, 2005


  • A Comprehensive Procedure to Estimate Erosion in Elbows for Gas/Liquid/Sand Multiphase Flow
    Chen, X., McLaury, B.S., and Shirazi, S.A.: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Energy Resources Technology, March 2006, Vol. 128, pp. 70-78.
  • Application and Experimental Validation of the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)-Based Erosion Prediction Model in Elbows and Plugged Tees
    Chen, X., McLaury, B.S., and Shirazi, S.A.: International Journal of Computers & Fluids, December 2004, Vol. 33, pp. 1251-1272.
  • Comparison of Computed and Measured Particle Velocities and Erosion in Water and Air Flows
    Zhang, Y., Reuterfors, E.P., McLaury, B.S., Shirazi, S.A., and Rybicki, E.F.: Wear, September 2007, Vol. 263, Nos. 1-6, Special Issue, pp. 330-338.
  • Development and Validation of a Mechanistic Model to Predict Solid Particle Erosion in Multiphase Flow
    Mazumder, Q., Shirazi, S., McLaury, B., Rybicki, E., and Shadley, J.: Wear, July 2005, Vol. 259, Nos. 1-6, pp. 203-207.
  • Distribution of Sand Particles in Horizontal and Vertical Annular Multiphase Flow in Pipes and Their Effects on Sand Erosion
    McLaury, B., Shirazi, S., Mazumder, Q., Viswanathan, V. and Santos, G.: International Conference of Multiphase Technology, BHR Group (UK), Barcelona, Spain, May 25-27, 2005.
  • Experimental Investigation of the Location of Maximum Erosive Wear Damage in Elbows
    Mazumder, Q., Shirazi, S., and McLaury, B.: Journal of Pressure Vessel and Technology, February 2008, Vol. 130, No. 1, pp. 0113031-0113037.
  • Numerical and Experimental Investigation of the Relative Erosion Severity between Plugged Tees and Elbows in Dilute Gas/Solid Two-Phase Flow
    Chen, X., McLaury, B.S., and Shirazi, S.A.: Wear, October 2006, Vol. 261, Nos. 7-8, pp. 715-729.
  • Prediction of Solid Particle Erosive Wear of Elbows in Multiphase Annular Flow-Model Development and Experimental Validations
    Mazumder, Q., Shirazi, S.A., and McLaury, B.S.: Journal of Energy Resources Technology, June 2008, Vol. 130, No. 2, pp 0230011-02300110.