Dr Judith Farman

MEng, PhD, CEng, MIET

Postdoctoral Affiliate

Photograph of Dr Judith Farman, Postdoctoral Affiliate

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Email: jrf55@cam.ac.uk

Photograph of Dr Judith Farman, Postdoctoral Affiliate


Dr Judith Farman is a Chartered Engineer, specialising in improving the efficiency of turbomachinery.

Dr Judith Farman graduated from the University of Durham (Department of Engineering, Trevelyan College) in 2005 with an MEng degree. She obtained Chartered Engineer status with the IET in 2010. She was awarded a PhD at Cranfield University in 2015, which focused on the modelling of wave energy devices.

She worked in industry for ten years, applying her knowledge of instrumentation and control to a range of products including gas turbines, earth moving equipment and wave energy turbines. Her work has included most of the steps of the design cycle, from initial concept design through to commissioning and testing.

Judith is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Judith’s current research, as part of the Turbomachinery Group at the Department of Engineering, focuses on reducing the progressive loss of efficiency of an aero-engine due to the ingestion of dust, ash, rain and hail. Ingress of these particles is undesirable but it is also unavoidable.

Turbomachines are the principle technology for the world’s energy conversion processes, and improving their efficiency has a clear link to reducing environmental impact.

Her previous research in the Department was on the aerodynamic design of tidal turbines. Her group worked to improve the turbines’ ability to cope with large unsteadiness in the incoming flow which causes large fluctuations in thrust and torque. These unsteady loads generate fatigue stresses in the blades and drive-train of the turbine and thus significantly reduce its lifespan.