The Hydraulics Laboratory contains a number of self-contained experimental facilities that form an integral part of the undergraduate teaching program.
The experiments are designed for students taking fluid mechanics classes in the second, third and fourth years of their programs. The facilities also support the work of a number of final year and postgraduate student research projects.
A 50m-long tank with a carriage that can move unidirectionally (for towed model studies, instrument testing and calibration) or in oscillatory fashion (for large-scale wave flow experiments).
Constant head tank and pumping facilties
A 10m constant head tank and basement pumping facility for water supply to the laboratory.
Two continuous-flow, tilting, recirculating flumes (10-20 m in length) for open channel flow studies.
A 20-m-long wave-current flume with plunger wave generator.
Swan River model
A reduced scale hydraulic model of the Swan River estuary.
Two sealed tilting tube facilities for internal mixing studies.
Teaching experiments include study of transition to turbulence in pipe flow, conservation of energy, open-channel flow, edge waves, shear dispersion in pipe flow and bubble plume destratification.
The laboratory is used extensively for research projects by final year, masters and PhD students.
For questions about the laboratory and booking equipment, please call Marco Ghisalberti on (+61 8) 6488 2408).