The Group is proud of its outstanding experimental facilities, which support Group's fundamental and applied research. Its Fluid Mechanics Laboratory houses excellent research facilities, including a range of large open channel flumes, a wave flume, an oscillatory flow tunnel and various porous media and gravity current facilities. The Group’s structural research is supported with a number of facilities for large-scale testing of structural assemblies which are spread out across the School’s Structures Laboratory, the Cement and Concrete Laboratory, the Materials Laboratory and the Dynamics and Control Laboratory. The Structures Laboratory also houses the geotechnics towing channel in which the interaction between moving objects and the seabed are studied. A dedicated team of experienced technicians in these labs and the Engineering Workshop provide all necessary support.
The Group's main research facilities are:
- Aberdeen Open Channel Facility (AOCF)
- Aberdeen Oscillatory Flow Tunnel (AOFT)
- Aberdeen University Random Wave Flume (AURWF)
- Armfield Flume
- Open Channel and Sediment Re-Circulation Flume
- Swash Rig
- Geotechnics Towing Channel
In addition, as part of a major expansion within the School to support oil and gas research and teaching, a new Petroleum Engineering Laboratory was launched in June 2013. The Lab houses five independent coreflood rigs and a suite of ancillary equipment.