Hydraulics Laboratory Equipment and Capabilities

The Hydraulics Laboratory provides about 54,000 square feet of indoor, climate-controlled modeling 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:

  • State-of-the-art laboratory control and data acquisition systems
  • Four 100-150 hp variable-speed pumps that deliver water into our perimeter pipe chase
  • One low-head portable pump with approximately 25 cfs output capacity
  • Several portable 10-30 hp pumps
  • 250 hp high-head pump capable of delivering 1 cfs at up to 600 ft of head.
  • Venturi meters in fixed delivery system from 3- to 14-inch diameter with flow measurement ranges from 0.1 cfs to 20 cfs
  • 44,000 pound volumetric/weigh tank facility to calibrate the laboratory venturi meters and other measurement devices
  • Tilting flume, 3 feet wide, 60 feet long, with slope variable from -2% to 8%.
  • Glass walled flume, 8 feet high, 4 feet wide, and 80 feet long.
  • Acoustic Doppler Velocity meters (ADVs, FlowTrackers)
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers
  • Particle image velocimetry system
  • Laser doppler velocimeter
  • Closed conduit acoustic flowmeters
  • High-speed data acquisition, still-photo, and videographic equipment

Specialized equipment also includes:


Low ambient pressure chamber (vacuum tank) with dedicated 100 hp variable speed pump can operate at pressures as low as 0.1 atmospheres. Dimensions: 6 feet by 10 feet by 15 feet.

Low Ambient Pressure Chamber photo
Fully instrumented and automated 5-pool model canal system for demonstration, training, and research related to canal modernization and canal operations.

Canal operations simulator

Last Updated: 6/20/16