The Environmental and Hydraulics Laboratory, located in Boulder Creek 102 (nee Technology Building 102), is a shared-use facility supporting our research and teaching missions. Its primary features include:
- Research laboratory for environmental engineering
- Experimental equipment for hydraulics engineering
- Machine shop (used by Mechanical Engineering)
- Lecture and presentation space with seating for 36 students
The research laboratory is equipped for studies on (1) water, wastewater and environmental remediation; (2) alternative energy generation from microbial fuel cells and biofuels; and (3) stormwater-related research, including infiltration tests through engineered base materials, clogging measurements for life-cycle analysis, (4) calibration studies for street Type 14 and 16 inlet capacities, study of Types C and D inlets for highway drainage design, support of on-campus mini weather station, and field tests on stormwater detention system. Key analytical instruments include an anaerobic chamber, a gas chromatograph (GC), and a high-pressure liquid chromatograph (HPLC).
Our teaching equipment includes two hydraulic flumes, 12- and 24-inches wide, which are equipped with pumps and circulation systems to produce open channel flows on adjustable slopes to study back water profiles, hydraulic jumps, drops, check dams, weir flows and orifice flows. A pipe network panel allows students to conduct tests on pipe friction and minor losses. An air tunnel apparatus produces turbulent air flows through a steel pipe approximately 20 feet long. A groundwater module demonstrates confined and unconfined aquifers, surface water/groundwater interaction, and subsurface contaminant transport.
CU Denver students, instructors and researchers should consult the “Administrative Info” tab on this page for access instructions.