Department of Civil and Structural Engineering Sir Frederick Mappin Building Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Abigail graduated from a degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Leeds in 2003. Following a period working abroad she returned to the University of Leeds and completed her PhD in 2008 entitled “CFD modeling of pathogen transport due to human activity”. Abigail moved to The University of Sheffield in 2008 to take up a post as Research Associate in a large interdisciplinary team studying the design of urban riversides. In 2009 she was appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.
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.
Recent activities and achievements
Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers