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Hydraulic Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities

The Hydraulic Investigations and Laboratory Services Group maintains an indoor hydraulic laboratory with about 54,000 square feet of model floor space. A 240,000-gallon storage reservoir provides water for permanent and temporary testing facilities supplied through an automated flow delivery and measurement system. Major laboratory features include:

Water for laboratory models is recirculated from the storage reservoir through a 12-inch supply line located on the perimeter of the laboratory. The four large centrifugal pumps located in pits at the north and south end of the reservoir can operate singly, in series, or in parallel. Closed loop controllers regulate and control test flows. The laboratory venturi meters are calibrated and checked in place at regular intervals using the volumetric/weight tank facility.

Last reviewed: 05/28/09