The Utah Water Research Laboratory houses six distinct research centers. Some are Service Centers that provide research, training, technology transfer, and other services to the State and beyond, while others are focused research groups with distinct skill sets that are ideal to address particular water research challenges.
Students work closely with faculty mentors to conduct multidisciplinary research projects that combine research, training, and experience, giving our students the broad understanding of environmental and water resources challenges and solutions they need to become the next generation of water experts in Utah and around the world.
The UWRL maintains a number of publications, reports, newsletters, and other outreach documents. Faculty and students prepare countless reports, journal articles, and conference presentations related to their various research pursuits. Many of these current and past UWRL publications are available here.
Since 1965, the UWRL testing facility has performed thousands of flow meter, valve, and pipe tests. World-class staff perform calibrations for commercial, governmental, nuclear, aerospace, and many other applications. Turnaround time is generally 2 weeks with appropriate scheduling.
The UWRL offers design, and construction of large-scale physical models, along with CFD (which uses numerical analysis and computer modeling) to improve safety, reduce construction costs, and optimize the efficiency of a wide array of hydraulic structures.
Hydraulic research at the UWRL focuses primarily on applied research topics related to spillways and weirs, pipe flow, flow requirement, fish passage, energy dissipation, and air demand for open channel pipe flow.
The UWRL provides erosion control testing services via an indoor drip irrigation rainfall-based erosion test facility. The UWRL rain simulation facility was the only one of its kind when it was built in 1974 with support from the Federal Highway Administration. Erosion control testing services began in the 1980s.
Office Location: UWRL 305 C