Flumes and Channels to Expand Your Research

Main Channel
Ideal for studying marine and hydrokinetic energy, offshore wind and waves, stream restoration, among others.

Features:

  • Flume for large-scale testing.
  • Glass observation wall section.
  • Fully-automated precision measurement carriage.
  • Sediment recirculation system.
  • Bedload monitoring system.
  • Wave generator.
  • Towing carriage with 20 f/s maximum velocity.

Size: 275 L x 9 W x 6 D ft (84 x 2.75 x 1.8 m)
Discharge capacity: 300 cfs (8,500 l/s)

Tilting Bed Flume
Ideal for basic sediment transport and river engineering research.

Features: 

  • Ability to tilt from +6 to -1 degrees.
  • Sediment feeder and sediment recirculation.
  • Fully-automated precision measurement carriage.

Size: 48 L x 3 W x 2 D ft (14.6 x 0.9 x 0.6 m)
Discharge capacity: 6 cfs (170 l/s)

20” Flume
Features:

  • Glass observation walls.
  • Fully-automated precision measurement carriage.
  • Accurate weir flow meter.
  • Recirculation capabilities.

Size: 30 L x 1.7 W x 2.3 D ft (9.1 x 0.5 x 0.7 m)
Discharge capacity: 5 cfs (140 l/s)

24” Flume
Features:

  • Glass observation walls.
  • Measurement carriage.

Size: 50 L x 2 W x 1.25 D ft (15.2 x 0.6 x 0.4 m)
Discharge capacity: 4 cfs (113 l/s)

Traveling Flume
Ideal for experiments in river planform dynamics.

Features:

  • Transportable.
  • Integrated head box and tail box.
  • Can be fitted with a sediment feeder.
  • Recirculation capabilities (flow rates depend on the pump and sediment feeder used).
  • Side and overhead rails allow for fitting of cameras, surface scanning devices, or explanatory signage.
  • Can be disassembled into 5-foot segments for ground shipping.
  • Includes weatherproof wooden stand for outdoor use.

Size: 25 L x 4 W x 1.5 D ft (7.62 x 1.22 x 0.46 m)

Two 6” Flumes
Features:

  • Glass observation walls.
  • Measurement carriage.
  • Wave maker.

Size: 40 L x 0.5 W x 1.26 D ft (12.2 x 0.15 x 0.4 m)
Discharge capacity: 0.5 cfs (14 l/s)

Bioflume
Ideal for biology-based research experiments.

Features:

  • Plexiglass observation walls.

Size: 18.5 L x 1.5 W x 1 D (5.6 x 0.46 x 0.3 m)
Discharge capacity: 0.31 cfs (8.81 l/s)

Demonstration Flume
Ideal for demonstrating channel and pipe flow.

Features:

  • Glass observation walls.
  • Measurement carriage.
  • Tilting.
  • Recirculating flow capability.

Size: 9.5 L x 0.5 W x 1.25 D ft (2.9 x 0.15 x 0.4 m)
Discharge capacity: 0.5 cfs (14 l/s)

Experimental Debris Flow Flume
Ideal for studying subaqueous debris flows.

Features:

  • Glass observation walls.
  • Measurement carriage.
  • Adjustable floor height.
  • Also known as the “Fish Tank.”

Size:  32 L x 2 W x 10 D ft (9.7 x 0.6 x 3 m)

Sediment Channel
Ideal for experiments on bedload transport of gravel-bed material.

Features:

  • Slopes up to 2%.
  • Sediment recirculation system.

Size: 88.6 L x 1.7 W x 2 D ft (27 x 0.5 x 0.6 m)
Discharge capacity: 0.7-4.4 cfs (20-125 l/s)
Sediment supply: 79.4 to 1,190.5 lbs/hr (0.01 to 0.15 kg/s)

Moving Bed Channel
Features:

  • Glass observation walls.
  • Conveyor belt bed for studying secondary currents and long residence time chemical changes like reparation, which are affected by such currents.

Size: 36 L x 2.5 W x 2.25 D ft (11 x 0.75 x 0.5 m)