Our Hydraulics Laboratory is in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying.

The lab helps students on courses including BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, MEng Civil Engineering and BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management to develop an understanding of the design, construction and management of infrastructure used by millions of people around the world every day.

The laboratory has a 7-metre long tilting channel for investigating all aspects of open channel flow – from flow over weirs to hydraulic jumps. Students and researchers can use a wave generator and a number of smaller mobile hydraulics benches for conducting experiments into pipe friction, fitting losses, flow in a venturi and the impact of a water jet.

Flow nets can be modelled in soils by means of a drainage/seepage flow rate experimental set. Students can simulate wave action using a wave generating device and measure sediment transport in situ.


  • Large Armfield S6 tilting flume, with wavemaker (7m long, 300mm wide, Q=33 litre/s)
  • Small Armfield C4 tilting flume with small wave generating device (3m long, 75mm wide, Q=1.5 litre/s)
  • Standard Armfield pipe friction apparatus

Where to find us

Hydraulics Laboratory

School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Portland Building
Portland Street

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