Areas of expertise
- Armour systems
- Explosives and Munitions
- Structures and Materials
- Weapons Engineering
James is a current PhD researcher within Cranfield Forensics Institute, having previously completed an MSc in Explosive Ordnance Engineering within Cranfield Defence and Security.
James' research to date has included examining the penetration performance of differing protective materials from crossbow attack, analysis of behind armour blunt trauma from projectiles with varying geometries, and the effects of external IED fragmentation on lethality, focusing on the interaction of fragmentation during both detonation and post blast, fragmentation spread patterns and the viability of using novel capture materials to enhance data sets.
James' PhD focuses on the characterisation and assessment of soft tissue simulants for improved survivability assessment. His research will examine the effects of simulant performance when exposed to varying environmental conditions, opportunities for simulant re-use, the environmental impacts seen during material disposal and the potential to create a bio-representative survivability simulant using layering.
Defence Equipment and Support
Defence Ordnance Safety Group - Personal Ballistic Protection
Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure
Articles In Journals
- Read J, Ritchie T, Brown L, Bloodworth-Race S, Thawani B, Hazael R & Critchley R (2023) Quantification of fragmentation capture materials and an assessment of the viability of economical alternatives: a preliminary study, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 381 (2259).
- Read J, Hazael R & Critchley R (2023) Penetration performance of protective materials from crossbow attack: a preliminary study, Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, Available online 13 March 2023.
- Read J, Hazael R & Critchley R (2022) Soft tissue simulants for survivability assessment—a sustainability focussed review, Applied Sciences, 12 (10) Article No. 4954.