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Professor Aonghus Mc Nabola

Professor in Civil Engineering (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

Prof. McNabola is a Professor in Energy and the Environment at the Dept of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, TCD. His research interests lie in the field of Environmental Fluid Dynamics where he has applied this expertise in air pollution, energy efficiency and/or water services sectors. He has been active in this field of research for over 15 years. Prof. McNabola teaches at postgraduate and undergraduate levels in the subject areas of hydraulics, air pollution and renewable energy. He holds a qualification in teaching and learning at third level and has been involved in teaching activities in Italy and India. Prof. McNabola is a Visiting Reader at the Global Centre for Air Research(GCARE), at the Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Surrey, UK. He is also a Colaborador Honorario (Adjunct Professor) at the Hydraulic division of the Agronomy Department at University of Córdoba, Spain. Prof. McNabola is an Associate Editor for the international journal, Transport Research Part D: Transport and the Environment. He is also a regular reviewer for journals such as Renewable Energy, Atmospheric Environment, Water Resources Management, etc. Prof. McNabola has been awarded 38 separate research projects since 2008 amounting to over 7.35 M€ in personal research funding. Prof. McNabola has a h-index of 37 and an i-10 index of 86. He leads a group of 5 PhD students and 5 postdoctoral researchers and is involved, primarily as the lead partner and principal investigator, in a number of national and international collaborative projects, funded by Horizon Europe, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, INTERREG ERDF,SEAI and the EPA.
  Air pollution monitoring and assessment   Computational Fluid Dynamics   Energy Engineering   Environmental aspects of transportation   Environmental Effects, Fossil Energy   Environmental engineering   Environmental Impacts of Transport   Fluid Physics   Greenhouse gas emission assessment   Hydraulics engineering   Hydro power   Pollution   Pollution Control   Renewable energies   WATER SUPPLY
 Towards a More Sustainable System of Water Supply in Ireland and Wales: Exploring Opportunities for Hydropower in Break Pressure Tanks (Hydro-BPT)
 Activity/Location GIS Personal Exposure Air Pollution Model
 Ablative Flash Pyrolysis of Biomass and Waste
 Development of a Personal Exposure Reduction Strategy for Pedestrians using Active and Passive Low Boundary Walls
 The AER project

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Member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2014 to date
Member of the International Association of Hydraulics Research (IAHR) 2015 to date
Member of the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) 2013 to date
Member of the WATEF Network (water efficiency) 2016 to date
Considine B, Liu Y, McNabola A, Determination of the optimum insulation thickness for dormer roof designs: An Irish case study, The 10th International Congress on Architectural Technology (ICAT 24), Sligo Ireland, 19th January, 2024, pp1 - 8, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Murali MK, Mancusi-Ungaro E, McNabola A., An Assessment of the Potential for Wastewater Heat Recovery in the Zambian Food Processing Industry, 8th IAHR Europe Conference, Lisbon, 4-7 June, 2024, pp1 - 8, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Merida Garcia A, Gallagher J, Rodriguez Diaz JA, McNabola A, An economic and environmental optimization model for sizing a hybrid renewable energy and battery storage system in off-grid farms Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy, 220, 2024, p1 - 17, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Barwise Y, Kumar P, Abhijith KV, Gallagher J, McNabola A, Watts JF., A trait-based investigation into evergreen woody plants for traffic-related air pollution mitigation over time, Science of the Total Environment, 914, (169713), 2024, p1 - 20, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Considine B, Liu Y, McNabola A, Energy savings potential and life cycle costs of deep energy retrofits in buildings with and without habitable style loft attic conversions: A case study of Irelands residential sector, Energy Policy, 185, (113980), 2024, p1 - 12, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Middela MS, Mahesh S, McNabola A, Smith W, Timoney D, Ekhtiari A, Fowler B, Willis P,Rose R, Jasmine Wareham J, Walker H, Ghosh B, Evaluating real-world emissions from in-use buses and taxis using on-road remote sensing, Environmental Pollution , 2024, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  URL
Bouarour O, McNabola A, Gross B, Considine B, Lai A, Pinna F, Dentoni V., 3D numerical simulation of airflow structure and dust emissions from an open storage pile behind a dynamic solid fence-deflector, Atmospheric Environment X, 2024, p1-34 , Journal Article, ACCEPTED  DOI
Zhang Z, Zhu N, Hou Y, Considine B, McNabola A., Thermal performance of a wooden pipe-embedded building envelope using a low-grade heat source in extreme cold climate conditions, Journal of Building Engineering, 2024, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Considine B, Gallagher J, Kumar P, McNabola A, Long-term assessment of energy consumption reduction in a building ventilation system with passive particulate matter control technology in the fresh air intake , Energy & Buildings, 2024, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Stephen C, Basu B, McNabola A, Detection of Cavitation in a Centrifugal Pump-as-Turbine Using Time Domain Based Analysis of Vibration Signals, Energies, 17, (2598), 2024, p1 - 18, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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Novara, D., McNabola, A., Field Demonstration of Pump as Turbines as Micro-hydropower Converters, All Energy Conference & Exhibition , Glasgow, 15-16 May, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Crespo Chacon M., McNabola, A, Hydropower energy recovery potential from irrigation networks, The 28th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2018), Cork, 26-28 March, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED
Mitrovic D & McNabola A, Hydropower energy recovery potential of water distribution networks: Assessing the correlation between the potential and geographical data, The 28th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2018), Cork, 26-28 March, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED
Kougias, I, Moro A, Novara. D, McNabola, A et al., Emerging Technologies in the Hydropower sector, Joint Research Centre: Conference & Workshop Reports, JRC111048, Ispra, European Commission JRC, 2018, p1 - 54, Report, PUBLISHED
Novara, D., McNabola A., Pumps as Turbines technology for energy recovery from Water Supply Systems, The 27th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2017) , Athlone, 10-12 April, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Gallagher, M., McNabola, A., Kamber, B., Gill, L.W., Ghosh, B., Alam, M.S., Particulate Matter from Diesel Vehicles: Emission & Exposure in Dublin, The 27th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2017) , Athlone, 10-12 April, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Carravetta, A., Derakhshan, S., Gallagher, J., Malavasi, S., McNabola, A., Ramos H.M., PAT - Pump As Turbines, a reliable and economical solution for energy recovery, World Pumps, 2017, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Garcia Morillo, J., Camacho, E., Montesisnos, P., Rodriguez-Diaz, J.A., McNabola, A., Exploring hydro potential in a pressurized irrigation network, International Journal of Hydropower & Dams, 24, (5), 2017, p66-73-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Alam S, Duffy P, Hyde B, McNabola A., Common Air Pollutant Projections from the Irish Road Transport Sector under the Emissions Celling Directive (NECD) and Convention on Long-range Trans boundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP): A preliminary Analysis for 2035, 25th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2015), Sligo, 9th & 10th April, 2015, pp1-2 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Aonghus McNabola, The Air Pollution Impacts of Transport on Health, Strengthening the link between transport policy and public health through transdisciplinary collaboration, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1st-2nd May, 2014, Prof. M Hatzopoulou, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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