Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
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Overview

This lab is used to study hydraulic machinery and fluid flow in pipes and open channels. Topics include waves, weirs, orifices, hydraulic jumps, and flow rate measurement. A  wind tunnel is used to study lift and drag on objects such as airfoils and vehicles.  An impulse turbine is used to investigate hydropower concepts and maximize efficiency.   There is a groundwater tank that demonstrates how and why water flows through aquifers.  A centrifugal pump system demonstrates how to optimally design a water distribution system by modeling pressures and friction losses.

 

Associated Courses

  • CE 334: Fluid Mechanics
  • CE 436: Water Resources Engineering 

Equipment

  • Wind tunnel
  • Groundwater tank Pump
  • Storage tank 
  • Recirculating flume
  • Impulse turbine