Dr Judith Farman

MEng, PhD, CEng, MIET

Postdoctoral Affiliate

Photograph of Dr Judith Farman, Postdoctoral Affiliate

College Jobs

  • Postdoctoral Affiliate

University Jobs

  • Research Associate, IPCRESS Project, Compressor Group, Whittle Laboratory


Email: jrf55@cam.ac.uk

Photograph of Dr Judith Farman, Postdoctoral Affiliate


Graduated from the University of Durham (Department of Engineering, Trevelyan College) in 2005 with an MEng degree. Obtained Chartered Engineer status with the IET in 2010. Awarded a PhD at Cranfield University in 2015 which focused on the modelling of wave energy devices. Currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

For the last three years I have been working on the aerodynamic design of tidal turbines to improve their 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.

In April I started a three-year post-doc position which focusses 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.