John McHugh

John McHugh

Phone: (603) 862-1899
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Parsons Hall N129, Durham, NH 03824

Prof. McHugh has interests in fluid mechanics and applied math. He has held full-time positions at the David Taylor Research Center and the Transocean. He is a frequent visitor to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and he has held visiting positions at the Air Force Geophysics Lab, the Jet Propulsion Lab, MIT, and University College London.

Prof. McHugh is primary interested in analytical and computational solutions to physical problems. His current research topics include internal waves in the atmosphere of earth and other planets, origins of the deep ocean circulations, and non-linear waves on the surface of a fluid.

Courses Taught

  • IAM 962: Numerical PDE's
  • IAM 999: Doctoral Research
  • ME 503: Thermodynamics
  • ME 603: Heat Transfer
  • ME 707/807: Analytical Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research


  • Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan
  • B.S., University of Michigan

Selected Publications

  • Shaw, S., & McHugh, J. P. (2019). Evolution of a line vortex in stratified flow. PHYSICAL REVIEW FLUIDS, 4(6). doi:10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.064803

  • Arredondo, R., & Mchugh, J. P. (2018). MEAN DISPLACEMENT NEAR AN INTERFACE IN A NONLINEAR STRING. SIAM JOURNAL ON APPLIED MATHEMATICS, 78(3), 1470-1488. doi:10.1137/16M1092933

  • McHugh, J. P., & Barkey, D. (2017). Nonlinear evolution of a thin anodic film. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES, 473(2202). doi:10.1098/rspa.2016.0930

  • McHugh, J. P. (2015). Incidence and reflection of internal waves and wave-induced currents at a jump in buoyancy frequency. NONLINEAR PROCESSES IN GEOPHYSICS, 22(3), 259-274. doi:10.5194/npg-22-259-2015

  • Sitarski, D., Lee, R. J., Saylor, J. R., & McHugh, J. P. (2013). Large-Scale Circulation in a Rectangular Enclosure With Periodic Boundary Temperature. JOURNAL OF FLUIDS ENGINEERING-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 135(7). doi:10.1115/1.4024011

  • Barkey, D., & McHugh, J. (2010). Pattern Formation in Anodic Aluminum Oxide Growth by Flow Instability and Dynamic Restabilization. JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, 157(11), C388-C391. doi:10.1149/1.3484095

  • McHugh, J. P., Jumper, G. Y., & Chun, M. (2008). Balloon Thermosonde Measurements over Mauna Kea and Comparison with Seeing Measurements. PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC, 120(874), 1318-1324. doi:10.1086/595871

  • McHugh, J. P., Dors, I., Jumper, G. Y., Roadcap, J. R., Murphy, E. A., & Hahn, D. C. (2008). Large variations in balloon ascent rate over Hawaii. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 113(D15). doi:10.1029/2007JD009458

  • McHugh, J. P. (2008). Mean flow generated by an internal wave packet impinging on the interface between two layers of fluid with continuous density. THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS, 22(2), 107-123. doi:10.1007/s00162-008-0078-1

  • McHugh, J. P., & Watt, D. W. (1998). Surface waves impinging on a vertical wall. PHYSICS OF FLUIDS, 10(1), 324-326. doi:10.1063/1.869543

  • Most Cited Publications