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Energy, Fluids and Turbomachinery

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Dr Anna Young

Dr Anna Young

Senior CDT Fellow, Gas Turbine Aerodynamics

College Lecturer, Churchill College

Whittle Laboratory
Madingley Road

Cambridge CB3 0DY
Office Phone: +44(0)1223 760551


Dr Young completed her PhD in 2012 on the subject of Tip-Clearance Effects in Axial Compressors. She then went on to be the Maudslay-Butler Research Fellow at Pembroke College, and is now a Senior Research Associate at the Whittle Laboratory. Dr Young undertakes research at the Whittle Laboratory in two areas: axial compressors and tidal power generation.

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

Unsteady flows in axial compressors.

Tidal power generation.

Tidal stream turbulence measurements.



  • CDT MRes GTA3 Advanced Experimental Methods
  • CDT MRes MP2 Compressor Mini Project
  • Part IA Mechanics, Structures and Thermofluids supervision


  • Energy Technology MPhil Project supervision
  • Energy Technology MPhil Tidal power lecturing
  • Part IIB (MEng) Project supervision
  • 3A3 (Fluid Mechanics II) supervision
  • 3A5 (Thermodynamics and Power Generation) supervision
  • Part 1B Thermofluid Mechanics supervision
  • Part 1B Mathematics supervision
  • Part IIA Turboexpander Project demonstration


  • Energy, transport and urban infrastructure
  • Fluid Mechanics

Key Publications

“A one-dimensional model for tidal array design based on three-scale dynamics”. Gupta, V. and Young, A, 2017. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 825, pp. 651-676 DOI:

 “Effects of tip-clearance on stall inception in a multi-stage compressor”.
Berdanier, R., Smith, N, Young, A., and Key, N., 2017. AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power. DOI: 10.2514/1.B36364

“Accounting for Eccentricity in Compressor Design”.
Young, A., Cao, T., Day, I. and Longley, J., 2017.  ASME Journal of Turobmachinery, Vol 139, No. 9 DOI: 10.1115/1.4036201.

“Load alleviation technology for extending life in tidal turbines”. 
Young, A., Farman, J. and Miller, R., 2016. In proceedings of International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore, Oct 2016, Lisbon, Portugal.

“Novel usage of five-hole probes: Tidal channel turbulence measurements.” 
Young, A., Guion, R., Atkins, N. and Costan, J., 2016. In proceedings of XXIII Biannual Measurement Symposium on Measurement Techniques in Turbomachinery, Sept 2016.
The frequency response of acoustic doppler current profilers: Spatiotemporal response and implications for tidal turbine site assessment.” 
Guion, R. and Young, A., 2014. IEEE Oceans, September 2014, St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
“Stall Warning by Blade Pressure Signature Analysis”
Young, A., Day, I. and Pullan, G., 2012. ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 135, No. 1. DOI: 10.1115/1.4006426.
Also presented at ASME Turbo Expo, Vancouver, Canada. GT2011-45850.
Accepted for publication in ASME Journal of Turbomachinery.
Winner of Turbomachinery Committee Best Paper Award and Rolls-Royce Howse and Ruffles Award for Best Doctorate Paper.
“Origins and Structure of Spike-Type Rotating Stall”.
Pullan, G., Young, A., Day, I., Greitzer, E. and Spakovszky, Z., 2015. ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 137, No. 5. DOI:10.1115/1.4028494.
Also presented at ASME Turbo Expo 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark. GT2012-68707.
Accepted for publication in ASME Journal of Turbomachinery.
Winner of ASME Gas Turbine Award, and Turbomachinery Best Paper Award.


4th Year Project Deadlines

29th May 2019
Each student submits two copies of Final report plus an extra copy of their technical abstract, plus their log book or electronic equivalent to Group Centres by 4pm.


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