The hydraulics laboratory is a fully-equipped laboratory consisting of more than 1000 m2 experimental space and a workshop. The laboratory has a pumping system that can provide up to 2000 l/s and allows supplying several models simultaneously. The laboratory includes a steep flume for simulating processes in mountain torrents, a wide and shallow flume for simulating morphological processes in rivers, and a narrower flume for simulating flow and local scour processes. In addition to these fixed flumes, the laboratory accommodates flumes that are designed for specific projects in basic or applied research.
The laboratory infrastructure is specifically designed for research on the three main research lines of the Research Unit “Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Hydromechanics”: (i) sediment transport processes and engineering; (ii) ecohydraulic processes and engineering; (ii) hydraulic structures and engineering methods. The focus is on turbulent flows and their interactions with sediment transport, in-flow obstacles and sediment transport.
Basis and applied research in the laboratory is typically complemented with field measurements and/or numerical simulations. More detailed information on the research unit “Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Hydromechanics” can be found at: https://www.tuwien.at/cee/wih
Univ.Prof. ir. Koen Blanckaert
Laboratory investigation, field measurements and numerical simulations for basic and applied research projects in the areas: (i) sediment transport processes and engineering; (ii) ecohydraulic processes and engineering; (ii) hydraulic structures and engineering methods.
Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure
The laboratory has state-of-the-art measuring technology, including acoustic Doppler velocity profilers, a versatile particle-image velocimetry system, a bathymetric laser scanner, pressure sensors etc.
The laboratory also has state-of-the-art measuring technology for complementary field investigations, including acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) and multi-frequency echosounders.
The laboratory also offers expertise in complementary numerical simulations with models of varying complexity.