The Hydraulic Laboratory was established in early 1980s. The laboratory was designed to provide teaching and research needs. The two channel flumes, 12- and 24-inch wide, are equipped with pumps and circulation systems that produce open channel flows on an adjustable slope to study back water profiles, hydraulic jumps, weir and orifice flows. The pipe network panel allows students to conduct tests on pipe friction and energy losses through various valves. The air tunnel apparatus produces turbulent air flows through a steel pipe of 20 feet long.
Students will learn how to measure flow velocity and pressure difference using manometers, pressure gauges, and pito-tubes. The Hydraulics Laboratory is also used to conduct bench-scale tests on storm water related studies, including infiltration tests, clogging measurement, and calibration of street inlet capacity.