The Fluid Mechanics Laboratory is equipped for studying both compressible and incompressible fluid media. Flow rates of up to 5 cubic feet per second of water are provided by each of three independent high-pressure systems equipped with constant head controls. Two low-constant head supply tanks located in the laboratory provide lesser discharge capacities. The laboratory contains a tilting flume 52 ft. long, a water tunnel, pumps, turbines, a hydraulic bench, and various units for the study of frictional phenomena involving water and oil. A one-dimensional Laser Doppler Anemometer is used for the study of flow velocities in pipes and near the flow boundaries. In addition, the Lab. has a state-of-the-art wave tank. This tank is 6 ft. wide by 4 ft. high and 40 ft. long.
It is equipped with computer controlled five-paddle wave generator. This system can produce single waves, random waves, and angle waves. A two-dimensional Laser Doppler Velocimeter (LDV) equipped with computer controlled 3-D Traverse and fully automated data acquisition system are used in the wave tank for studying beach hydraulics and off-shore similitude. The Lab. is also equipped with a tilting sand flume for studying flow through porous media and groundwater contamination. A fully automated freeze and thaw machine is also available for graduate research works.