The Group is proud of its outstanding experimental facilities, which support its fundamental and applied research. Its Fluid Mechanics Laboratory houses excellent research facilities, including a range of large water flumes, a 20m long random wave flume and the 16m long oscillatory flow tunnel (AOFT). The facilities are supported by state-of-the-art instrumentation for measuring flow velocities, bed profiles, sediment concentrations, sediment transport and sediment sizing. The flow measurement equipment includes laser Doppler anemometry (LDA) and acoustic Doppler velocimeters (Nortek ADVs) for point velocity measurement, ultrasonic velocity profilers (Metflow UVPs) for velocity profile measurement and particle image velocimetry (PIV) for 2d flow-field measurement. The laboratory has a dedicated, full-time technician who is considered an important member of the research group.
The Group's main research facilities are:
- Aberdeen Open Channel Facility (AOCF)
- Aberdeen Oscillatory Flow Tunnel (AOFT)
- Aberdeen University Flow Loop (AUFL)
- Aberdeen University Random Wave Flume (AURWF)
- Armfield Flume
- Open Channel and Sediment Re-Circulation Flume
- Swash Rig
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.