The hydraulic laboratory of the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems was built in 1973. With a floor space of 1600 m², the laboratory offers enough space for physical hydraulic model experiments on various topical issues relating to hydraulic engineering and water resources management. The activities range from fundamental and application-oriented research to practice-related contract research and development. Subject areas include investigations on hydraulic and sedimentological processes, as well as their effect on riverine ecology.
A further key activity of the hydraulic laboratory entails supporting the university’s educational program. For this purpose, a variety of demonstration models is available to illustrate fundamental processes of hydrodynamic flow and sediment transport.
The physical models are designed at the hydraulic laboratory specifically for each topical issue. The experiments are built by own metal, plastics and wood workshops and equipped with the latest measuring technology by the internal electronic workshop.