Contact Dr Richard Critchley

Areas of expertise

  • Armour systems
  • Structures and Materials
  • Vehicle Engineering & Mobility


Richard graduated from Warwick University with a MEng in mechanical engineering in 2009 before undertaking a PhD at Southampton University in auxetic materials which was awarded in 2015.  Following completion of his PhD Richard worked in industry at an SME, before joining Cranfield University in 2016.  In 2017 Richard became a Chartered Engineer with the IMechE.

Current activities

Richard is primarily responsible for teaching Royal Engineers Force Protection Engineering Course that explores the fundamental theory that underpins security engineering. He is also the module leader for Ammunition systems 3, which explains the mechanisms by which different armour materials and structures withstand a variety of blast and ballistic threats.  Richard has a number of different research interest including:

Auxetic Materials

Porous Materials

Blast effects (Structures, Vehicles and People)

Force Protection

Image Analysis

X-Ray Tomography


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Critchley & R (2018) An Investigation into the Blast Effects on Civilian Personnel Protective Armour. In: GEMS 2018, Defence Academy, Shrivenham, 31 January - 1 February 2018.