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Dr Farnoosh Farhad

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering


Dr Farnoosh Farhad is an engineering scientist and a Senior Lecturer within the Mechanical and Construction Engineering (MCE) Department at the University of Northumbria. She has received her educations in Mechanical Engineering with a BSc degree from National University in Iran (2006-2010), MSc with distinction from Newcastle University UK (2011-2012) and a PhD from National Structural Integrity Research Centre in Cambridge UK, which was fully funded by BP, TWI Ltd. and Coventry University (2016-2019).

Before her PhD study, Farnoosh joined engineering consultancies as a supervisory team member. Her experience in the industry is extremely useful in terms of understanding of real-world applications and the relevance of her research.  

She was awarded the International Postgraduate Scholarship by Newcastle University (2011), the Educational Award by IMechE (2018) and the Armourers and Brasiers Travel Award by The Welding Institute (2017).

She served as the Vice-Chair for the Tipper group at TWI Ltd. in Cambridge, where she was involved in organising events and inspirational talks aimed specifically to support women in engineering in addition to promoting unconscious bias and diversity at the professional workplace.



Her teaching experience in Mechanical Engineering subject comprises Statics module, Vehicle Dynamics, Vibrations, Strength of Materials, Machine Element Design, Engineering Mathematics, Computer-Aided three-Dimensional Design, MATLAB and Finite Element Methods.


Research Interests

Her research interests encompass Characterisation and Modelling of Materials, Fatigue and Failure, Defect and Damage evolution, Environmental Fatigue Testing including developing new Testing Apparatus, Finite Element Modelling, Medical Implants, Imaging techniques such as X-ray Tomography, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy etc.


Membership of Learned Societies

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers UK (IMechE), Associate Member

Engineering Integrity Society UK (EIS), Committee Member

The Welding Institute (TWI), Associate Member

Farnoosh Farhad

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  • Laboratory apparatus for in-situ corrosion fatigue testing and characterisation of fatigue cracks using X-ray micro-computed tomography, Farhad, F., Smyth-Boyle, D., Zhang, X., Wallis, I., Panggabean, D. 1 Dec 2018, In: Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
  • Fatigue behaviour of corrosion pits in X65 steel pipelines, Farhad, F., Zhang, X., Smyth-Boyle, D. 1 Mar 2019, In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
  • Behavior of 316L stainless steel containing corrosion pits under cyclic loading, Hashim, M., Farhad, F., Smythe-Boyle, D., Akid, R., Zhang, X., Withers, P. 1 Nov 2019, In: Materials and Corrosion
  • Evaluation of Simulated Corrosion Pits in X65 Steel, Farhad, F. 2017, NACE CORROSION 2017, Legion
  • Corrosion fatigue behaviour of X65 steel oil and gas pipelines, Farhad, F., Smith-Boyle, D., Zhang, X., Govender, K. 27 Jun 2018, 12th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2018)
  • Characterisation of corrosion pitting and induced fatigue cracking using X-ray micro-tomography, Farhad, F. 2017, International Conference on Tomography of Materials and Structures
  • Microstructure Stress State Evaluation of Contact Fatigue in Gears, Farhad, F., Oila, A. 2015, Engineering structural integrity assessment 2015, Forum for Engineering Structural Integrity (FESI)

Tommy Mosley Failure Analysis and Design Improvement of the Magnetic Expansion Controlled Growing Spinal Rod Medical Implant Start Date: 01/10/2022

  • Mechanical Engineering PhD February 05 2019
  • Mechanical Engineering MSc September 01 2012
  • Mechanical Engineering BSc September 01 2010

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