• 132 Citations
  • 8 h-Index

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Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. My research interests are in the field of fluid mechanics, particularly in laminar-turbulent transition processes.


Research interests

Boundary layer stability

Receptivity processes

Steady and unsteady flows

Rotating systems

Surface deformations

Optimising flow control


MATH2110 Applied Mathematics II

MATH3902 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

Research student supervision

Seeking excellent students with a strong background in mathematical modelling, to undertake research in laminar-turbulent transition.

Possible project topics

  • Laminar flow control via the right sort of roughness
  • Flow behaviour in non-Newtonian fluids past rotating bodies

Education/Academic qualification

Mathematics, PhD, Cardiff

Oct 2003Dec 2007

Mathematics, BSc (Hons), Cardiff

Oct 2000Jun 2003

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Research Outputs

  • 132 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 5 Conference proceeding contribution
  • 2 Conference paper

The linear stability of an acceleration-skewed oscillatory Stokes layer

Thomas, C., 25 Jul 2020, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 895, p. 1-17 17 p., A27.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Global linear instability of rotating-cone boundary layers in a quiescent medium

    Thomas, C. & Davies, C., Apr 2019, In : Physical Review Fluids. 4, 4, p. 1-17 17 p., 043902.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Disturbance evolution in rotating boundary layers

    Thomas, C. & Davies, C., Dec 2018, Proceedings of the 21st Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. Lau, T. C. W. & Kelso, R. M. (eds.). Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society, 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

  • Effect of small surface deformations on the stability of tollmien-schlichting disturbances

    Thomas, C., Mughal, S. M., Roland, H., Ashworth, R. & Martinez-Cava, A., Jun 2018, In : AIAA Journal. 56, 6, p. 2157-2165 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    On the impulse response and global instability development of the infinite rotating-disc boundary layer

    Thomas, C. & Davies, C., 19 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 857, p. 239-269 31 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)