Flumes and Channels to Expand Your Research

Ideal for studying marine and hydrokinetic energy, offshore wind and waves, stream restoration, etc.

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)

Ideal for basic sediment transport and river engineering research.

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 (x1), 24" Flume (x1), 6" flume (x2)

used for studying a wide range of general purpose research projects including open channel and sediment transportation phenomena. 

Traveling Flume
Ideal for experiments in river planform dynamics.


  • 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)

This six-inch-wide flume was designed for education purposes. It was one of the first flumes constructed at SAFL and its clear, glass walls are perfect for demonstrations.

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)

Also known as the "fish tank," this flume is ideal for studying subaqueous debris flow. 

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

This 88-foot-long flume was created for studying detailed sediment transport.

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)