Our Laboratories

Multi-purpose Large-scale Hydraulics Laboratory

Director: Arturo S. Leon

Our new multi-purpose large-scale hydraulics laboratory is finally constructed. This new research facility features a recirculating system with the ability to test up to three simultaneous and independent experiments with flows up to 10.6 cfs (300 L/s). The facility consists of constant head water and air tanks, variable and constant speed pumps, and impulsion and return pipe lines.


The river facility is ideal for the testing of river hydraulic structures (open-channel flows) and high-head pressurized systems. This facility is currently being used for three sponsored NSF research projects (geysers and flood control). Overall, this facility could be used for a wide range of research projects, including flood control, storm surge protection, erosion and scour control, stream restoration, and in general for testing any physical hydraulic model. Check our new lab here

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Multipurpose River Hydraulics Research Facility

Director: Arturo S. Leon

The Multipurpose River Hydraulics Research Facility, an Oregon BEST Lab, located inside the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at OSU, features a recirculating system with the ability to test up to six simultaneous and independent experiments with flows up to 35 cfs (1000 L/s). The river facility consists of a 20 m (66 ft) x 10 m (33 ft) ) concrete platform for hosting hydraulic experiments, two independent head tanks (can be extended), a sediment catchment, a clean water sump, multiple pumps (variable and constant speed), and impulsion and return pipe lines. The river facility is ideal for the testing of river hydraulic structures and low head (< 15 ft) pressurized hydraulic structures. This facility can also be used for a wide range of research projects, including flood control, reservoir sedimentation, density currents, erosion and scour, aquatic habitat, stream restoration, fish passage and dam removal. See more here

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research (OGSIR) Facility

Director: Meghna Babbar-Sebens
Co-Director: Arturo S. Leon

The OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research (OGSIR) Facility, an Oregon BEST Lab, is a three-celled stormwater research facility for field-scale experiments and testing on green infrastructure (e.g., raingardens, bioswales, etc.). The cells provide the ability to test various stormwater treatment technologies and treatment of various stormwater contaminants. These cells are also instrumented with multiple sensors to enable better data collection and modeling. Located on the NW corner of the Benton County Development Department property at SW Avery Avenue in Corvallis, Oregon, the facility intercepts and captures runoff from approximately 100,000 square feet of catchment area in the County property. Some of the pollutants being captured include tractor leaks, fuel tank spills, raw asphalt, road fill sediment, parking lot sediments and chemicals, road paint spills, etc. In addition to stormwater treatment, this facility supports long term research on stormwater quality to inform current and future projects for treating stormwater using low impact development technology. The facility also provides education and outreach to engage the general public in taking action to support enhancing water quality. Each cell is approximately 93 feet 4 inches long and 10.5 feet wide. The depth of each cell is 3 feet. The underdrain for each cell was laid in an 18 inches trench that is 4 feet from the top of the cell walls. The soils and plants in each of these cells can be replaced by experimental soil and plants. See more the here

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