Dr David McGovern

David McGovern


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    Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering

Dr David J. McGovern joined LSBU in August 2017. After completing his PhD at Lancaster University, he held post-doctoral research positions at the National University of Singapore (2.5 years) and University College London (3.5 years). He teaches fluid mechanics and geology.

David is highly research active, with interests in the interaction fluid with structures and sediment in the fields of coastal, ocean and flood engineering. Currently, he is working on tsunami interaction with the coastal built environment. In his research he uses a mix of physical models, data analysis and programming techniques.

David is open to prospective PhD students with funding. This can be with fully or partially formed research questions in the following topics: Natural hazards, tsunami, extreme events, coastal and ocean engineering, and sediment transport and scour. Laboratory work as well as the use of big data and machine learning in these fields is particularly interesting.

Additionally, he has several areas of research as mentioned above that are suitable for PhD students including tsunami runup analysis. For any further information and informal discussions please make direct contact.

David is module coordinator for Engineering Mechanics. This includes fluid mechanics. David uses a student-centred approach with additional online content such as key video explanations and interactive lecture content that allow students to participate with lecture content in real-time.

Most recent publications

McGovern, D and Todd, D and Rossetto, T and Whitehouse, RJS and Monaghan, J and Gomes, E Experimental observations of tsunami induced scour at onshore structures. Coastal Engineering, 152. 103505. DOI 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2019.103505

McGovern, D and Robinson, T and Chandler, ID and Allsop, W and Rossetto, T Pneumatic Long-Wave Generation of Tsunami-Length Waveforms and their Runup. Coastal Engineering, 138. 80-80. DOI 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2018.04.006

McGovern, D Tsunami Simulators in Physical Modelling – Concept to Practical Solutions. In: European Geophysical Union, 23 April 2017 - 27 April 2017, Vienna.

Bai, W and Zhang, T and McGovern, D Response of small sea ice floes in regular waves: A comparison of numerical and experimental results. Ocean Engineering, 129. 495-506. DOI 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.10.045

McGovern, D and Robinson, T and Rossetto, T Experiments on Tsunami Impact with a Vertical Sea Wall. In: 1st International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure, 28 June 2016 - 30 June 2016, Chania, Greece.

McGovern, D Experimental Study of the Runup of Tsunami Waves on a smooth Sloping Beach. In: 6th International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling in Coastal and Port Engineering and Science, 10 May 2016 - 13 July 2016, Ottowa, Canada.

McGovern, D Understanding wave generation in pneumatic tsunami simulators. In: 6th International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling in Coastal and Port Engineering and Science, 10 May 2016 - 13 May 2016, Ottawa, Canada.

McGovern, D and Bai, W Experimental study of wave-driven impact of sea ice floes on a circular cylinder. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 108. 36-48. DOI 10.1016/j.coldregions.2014.08.008

McGovern, D and Ilic, S and Folkard, AM and McLelland, SJ and Murphy, BJ Time Development of Scour around a Cylinder in Simulated Tidal Currents. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 140. 04014014-04014014. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000857

McGovern, D and Bai, W Experimental study on kinematics of sea ice floes in regular waves. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 103. 15-30. DOI 10.1016/j.coldregions.2014.03.004

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