Contact Dr Caitlin Gilroy


I am a PhD student within the Centre for Defence Engineering. Having completed a BSc in Physics, I started at Cranfield University doing an MSc within Cranfield Forensic Institute in Forensic Engineering and then continued on to do a PhD within Shock Physics.

Current activities

My project 'Material Strength Evolution Under High Strain Rates' consists of developing a recovery technique for metals in plate impact experiments.  This project aims to develop and carry out soft recovery on two different metals, copper and stainless steel, and then analyse these metals using a range of techniques to gain an insight into their deformation mechanisms. In conjunction with the experimental work and analysis, computer simulations using ANSYS® Autodyn® will be used to predict behaviour and help to validate the recovery of the metals.