The soil and sediment erosion flume is a unique facility in the UK. It was custom-designed to quantify erosion thresholds and rates with depth in soil and sediment cores. Its modular and transportable design allows a variety of experimental setups, such as soil and sediment trays, and measurements conducted in the lab or field. It generates water velocities of 0.3-3.4 m/s with variable flow depths to simulate shallow overland or deeper, submerged flow.
The flume can be used for research into: erodibility of cohesive sediment; scour assessment for coastal and riverine infrastructure; mobilization of sediment and sediment bound contaminants; erodibility of soil and assessment of stabilizing function of plants; testing of erosion-control geotextiles.
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