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Hydraulics Facilities

Research is carried out on the following topics:

Generation of renewable energy from rivers and the ocean.

Fundamental fluid mechanics and sediment transport (e.g. wall turbulence, scouring).

We approach these research topics using field as well as small- and large-scale laboratory experiments. Laboratory facilities include indoor and outdoor flumes, wave tanks and state of the art measurement technology (e.g. LDA, ADV, PIV ). 

Experimental data are used to refine theoretical and numerical models with the aim of providing effective solutions for engineering problems.

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Large scale wave tank (8 m length, 1.5 m width, 0.5 m depth)
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Small scale wave tank (12 m length, 0.5 m width, 0.4 m depth)
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Wave-induced bed-forms and scour experiments
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Small scale tilting flume (12 m length, 0.3 m width, 0.3 m depth)
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Large scale tilting flume (24 m length, 1.4 m width, 0.6 m depth)
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Outdoor flume (60 m length, 2.0 m width, 0.6 m depth)
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Experimental hydropower installation, river Iskar, Bulgaria (Power= 10 Kw, Head difference= 1.2 m)
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Multi-beam sonar measurements of River Hamble bathymetry (Hampshire, UK)
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Renewable Energy generation from low-head hydropower: Hydrostatic pressure wheel
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Renewable Energy generation from low-head hydropower: Floating water wheel
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