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Hydraulic Testing and Modeling Services


As a world-class hydraulic laboratory, the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) offers a wide array of hydraulic research, testing, and modeling services.

Flowmeter, Valve and Pipe Testing

Rainmaker testing

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 .

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Hydraulic Model Studies

Model studies at the UWRL

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.

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Hydraulic Research

Hydraulic research picture

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.

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Erosion Control Testing

Hydraulic research

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, and erosion control testing services began in the 1980s.

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