Dr Abigail Hathway
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5702
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
PhD University of Leeds; MEng University of Leeds
Abigail’s research focuses on fluid flow in the built environment, incorporating building simulation, particularly CFD, with experimental and field work.
Her PhD considered CFD modelling of bioaerosols released in hospital environments due to nursing activities and was completed at the University of Leeds. The research involved the combination of both airflow modelling with bio-aerosol experiments and field sampling. The role of human activity on indoor air continues to be an active research interest, and has developed to consider a variety of built environments, and is often developed through interdisciplinary collaboration. Her main interest is in the interactions of people with their building and the resulting impacts on air flow across the building envelope and between interior spaces. Such research is important for understanding indoor air quality and the transport of contaminants in indoor spaces, as well as the evaluating the true potential for natural ventilation in buildings.
Further research into urban microclimates complements the indoor air research by considering the role of urban design on pedestrian comfort and the implications for the fresh air entering buildings.
- 2012: EPSRC First grant award. Quantifying the human induced ventilation of buildings
- 2012: EPSRC equipment for early career researchers: Building monitoring equipment
- 2011: Schneider Electric: PhD studentship – Machine learning for improved control of natural ventilation
Abigail co-ordinates the integrated MEng and MSc in Architectural Engineering Design. This is an innovative programme studied across the departments of Civil and Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture providing students with the skills to engineer low carbon buildings. The course is part of one of only four Royal Academy of Engineering Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design recognised for best practice in teaching sustainable design.
- CIV409/CIV6012 Thermodynamics for Buildings
- CIV411/6014 Computational Fluid Dynamics.
- Maidment CD, Jones CR, Webb TL, Hathway EA & Gilbertson JM (2013) The impact of household energy efficiency measures on health: A meta-analysis. Energy Policy.
- Carslaw N, Hathway A, Fletcher L, Hamilton J, Ingham T & Noakes C (2013) Chemical versus biological contamination indoors: Trade-offs versus win-win opportunities for improving indoor air quality. Indoor Air, 23(3), 173-174.
- Hathway EA, Noakes CJ, Fletcher LA, Sleigh PA, Clifton I & Elliott MW (2013) The role of nursing activities on the bioaerosol production in hospital wards. Indoor and Built Environment, 22(2), 410-421.
- Gill L, Hathway EA, Lange E, Morgan E & Romano D (2013) Coupling real-time 3D landscape models with microclimate simulations. International Journal of E-Planning Research, 2(1), 1-19.
- Hathway EA & Sharples S (2012) The interaction of rivers and urban form in mitigating the Urban Heat Island effect: A UK case study. Building and Environment, 58, 14-22.
- Hathway EA, Noakes CJ, Sleigh PA & Fletcher LA (2011) CFD simulation of airborne pathogen transport due to human activities. Building and Environment, 46(12), 2500-2511.
- Beggs CB, Kerr KG, Noakes CJ, Hathway EA & Sleigh PA (2008) The ventilation of multiple-bed hospital wards: Review and analysis. American Journal of Infection Control, 36, 250-259.