Santa Clara University


Hydraulics Laboratory

The hydraulics lab illustrates principles of flow and water system design. The lab consists of a tilting flume, pipe pressure drop experiment, flow stand, Hele-Shaw cell, and pump performance experiment. The tilting flume has an adjustable gate, roughness, and bumps. The pipe pressure drop experiment has a venutri meter and pressure taps to measure losses in a rough pipe.The flow stand is used for measurement of nozzle discharge coefficients. The Hele-Shaw cell is used to illustrate two-dimensional flow patterns around objects. And, the pump experiment measures performance and provides visualization for different impeller designs and varying flow rates and can demonstrate cavitation. The lab is shared with Mechanical Engineering Department and used for teaching Mech 122, Ceng 141, and Mech 132.