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Dr Thomasina Ball

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Thomasina Ball

Warwick Zeeman Lecturer
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Office: C2.09
Phone: +44 (0)24 765 24406
Email: Thomasina.Ball (at)

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Teaching Responsibilities 2023/24:

Term 2: MA269 Asymptotics and Integral Transforms

Research Interests:

My research interests lie in mathematical modelling fluid dynamical phenomena from observations of laboratory experiments and the natural world around us. In particular I am interested in the areas of: non-Newtonian rheologies, yield stress fluids, gravity-driven flow, geophysical flows, instabilities that arise from rheology contrasts, fluid-structure interactions.

Please contact me about potential R-project, MSc, URSS project or PhD supervision.

See my Research Interests page for more information.

Most relevant recent publications:

  • Ball, T. V. Balmforth, N. J. (2024) Viscoplastic rimming flow inside a rotating cylinder. Phys. Rev. Fluids.
  • Ball, T. V. & Balmforth, N. J. (2023) Viscous flow beneath a viscous or plastic skin. J. Fluid Mech. 957, A9.
  • Dufresne, A. P., Ball, T. V. & Balmforth, N. J. (2023) Viscoplastic Saffman-Taylor fingers with and without wall slip. J. Non-Newton. Fluid Mech. 312, 104970.

See my Publications page for a full list with preprints.

Recent and upcoming conferences/seminars:

Recent research grants:

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship ECF-2022-584 Buckling instabilities in geophysical flows 09/2022-09/2025 (Newsletter September 2022)

Recent awards & prizes:

  • Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics (JNNFM) Walters Award 2021: Thomasina Ball, Neil Balmforth and Ariel Dufresne. Viscoplastic fingers and fractures in a Hele-Shaw cell, J. Non-Newton. Fluid Mech., vol. 289, 104492 (2021) (link)
  • APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Fran├žois Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics 2018: Thomasina Ball and Jerome Neufeld. Static and Dynamic Fluid Driven Fracturing of Adhered Elastica, Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 074101 (2018) (link)