Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Water Engineering Laboratory

The Water Engineering Laboratory is an integral part of the Hydraulic Engineering research area, located within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This specialised laboratory hosts a range of sophisticated equipment that measures flow depths and velocities based on acoustic, ultrasonic, laser and PIV systems.

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About


The Water Engineering Laboratory is located within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. We are a hub for experimental, field and numerical initiatives to tackle our water resources problems. We are a world-leading academic research and consulting laboratory, hosting a range of sophisticated equipment that measures flow depths and velocities based on acoustic, ultrasonic, laser and imaging systems; as well as underwater topographies and forces on objects.

We have expertise in:

  • River, coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics and sediment transport
  • Civil engineering hydraulics and hydraulic modelling
  • River and coastal engineering
  • Ecohydraulics
  • Catchment hydrology

Our facilities and instruments


The water is supplied through a reservoir - header tank ring main system (one 250 mm supply line, three 150 mm supply lines and one 100 mm high pressure supply line). We can supply a maximum flow 250 l/s to anywhere in the laboratory. All laboratory supply lines are equipped with Krohne magflow meters. We have two calibration pits of 5.3 m/2 and 21 m/2 for accurate flow measurements in addition to the magflow metres. The head at laboratory floor level is 14.2 m, and a high pressure pump delivers 22 l/s @ 150 m head.

The Water Engineering Laboratory is comprised of a variety of Open Channel Flumes, Wave Flumes and modelling space.

1500 Flume
• 43m L x 1.5m W x 1.1m D glass sided
• Variable slope up to 1.5%
• Recirculating water and sediment
• Flow rates up to 1000l/s


2400 Flume
• 21m L x 2.4m W x 0.5 m D
• Variable slope up to 2%
• Recirculating water and sediment
• Flow rates up to 1200l/s
• Recessed test section glass sided 4.8m long


600 Flume

• 20m L x 0.54m W x 0.55 D acrylic flume
• Variable slope up to 1.1 %
• Features a recessed sediment sump with a mobile platform
• Water supplied through the internal laboratory recirculating supply
• Downstream weir to control water level


450 Flume
• 20m L x 0.45m W x 0.43 D glass sided
• Variable slope up to 1.1 %
• Features a recessed sediment sump with a mobile platform
• Water supplied through the internal laboratory recirculating supply
• Downstream weir to control water level


440 Flume
• 13.5m L x 0.44m W x 0.38m D glass sided
• Variable slope up to 1.8%
• Recirculating water and sediment


400 Flume
• 4m L x 0.4m W x 0.4m D acrylic flume
• Recirculating water


Wave Flume
• 17m L X 1.2m W x 1.8m D
• Wave frequency and amplitude
• Intermittent waves 
• Water supplied through the internal laboratory recirculating supply 170l/s
• 1.2m x 1.2m clear panel


Tsunami Channel
• 17m L x 1.2m W x 0.8m D
• Bore height, velocity and duration
• JR3 3 axis force measuring
• Modelling space and commissioned one-off designs

Turbidity flume and basin
• 5m L x 0.4m W x 0.6m D acrylic flume
• 580 mm long lock-box and release gate, with 580 mm long and 660 mm deep sump
• 2445 mm L x 2415 mm W x 1040 mm D acrylic basin
• 595 mm and 400 mm wide lock-box and release gate

Oil flume
• 10m L x 0.4m W x 0.2m D glass sided
• variable slope
• water or viscous fluid flows
• flow rates up to 80L/s

One off designs 
• Dropshaft models at 1:10 scale
• Roxburgh spillway model 1:50 scale
• Leith River 1:25 scale

Instruments
• Wave probes up to 1.2m long
• Ultrasonic depth meters
• Seatek Multiple Transducer array - depth meters
• Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV)
• PIV
• Microsonic Ultrasonic distance surface measuring
• HydroSurveyor, Portable nine-beam 3.0 MHz/1.0 MHz/0.5 MHz acoustic Doppler velocity and bathymetry measurement system for use from moving boats and other floating platforms
• Guelph Permeameter Kit

Our research


Hydraulic Engineering

We strive to implement multidisciplinary research to study how water forms and changes the environment.

Staff


Head of Water Engineering Laboratory


Technical Officer


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