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Recirculating Flume – River Dynamics Laboratory at Arizona State University

Ideal for precision sediment transport research with available placement for high-speed imagery cameras, laser sheet for PIV measurements, and ADV.

Size: 8.5m x 0.3m


  • Glass observation walls.
  • Plexiglass ‘sled’ window placed on surface- provides clear view of the bed, free of distortion created by light refraction in the water surface. 
  • False floor allows for instruments to enter from beneath the floor bed


Vertically rotating drum for steady state experiments

Geometry: diameter = 2.46 m, channel width = 0.45 m, max. flow height = 0.4 m

Typical sample volume ~ 30 - 40 litres

backwater delta flume experiment

This is an overview of a flume at caltech where a long narrow section flows into a large ocean basin. Here, we build deltas with subcritical flow and backwater lengths of ~1m. Sediment & water feed rates are precisely controlled at the upstream end of the narrow section such as to build a normal flow reach in the river section with a specific depth (~1cm) & slope (~3e-3). Bedload transport is maintained under these conditions using sand-sized (0.7mm) walnut shells. Water level in the basin is controlled with an adjustable weir at the far downstream end of the basin.

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Periodic tilting flume ('baby Metronome')

Tidal flume facility

Periodic tilting flume to simulate ebb and flood currents

3.5 x 1.2 x 0.25 m

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Tilting Bed Flume, Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory

Ideal for basic sediment transport and river engineering research.


  • Ability to tilt from +6 to -1 degrees.
  • Sediment feeder and sediment recirculation.
  • Fully-automated precision measurement carriage.


  • Size: 48 L x 3 W x 2 D ft (14.6 x 0.9 x 0.6 m)
  • Discharge capacity: 6 cfs (170 l/s)

(information from http://www.safl.umn.edu/facilities/flumes-and-channels)

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Data Acquisition Carriage

The SAFL (Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory) Data Acquisition Carriage is a custom laboratory data aquisition system with the following features:

Bedform development in recirculating flume

Experiments were performed in the Tilting Bed Flume at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota (information here: http://www.safl.umn.edu/facilities/flumes-and-channels)

Grainsize transition with sea-level rise

A set of flume experiments to examine the grain-size transition migration in response to sea level rise. 

Read more about the experiments:

Baumanis, C. and Kim, W. (2016), Reverse migration of lithofacies boundaries and shoreline in response to sea-level rise. Basin Res. doi:10.1111/bre.12209

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University of South Carolina at Columbia Unidirectional Sediment-Feed Tilting Flume

Specifications and features for the unidirectional, sediment-feed tilting flume at the Hydraulics Laboratory of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of South Carolina at Columbia.