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Tilting flume increases educational impact of Burke Lab

The Purdue Lyles School of Civil Engineering is committed to providing our students, faculty, and staff with the best tools available to aid them in their research and study. One of the latest additions to our school is the tilting flume, located in the Christopher and Susan Burke Hydraulics and Hydrologic Lab in Hampton Hall.

The Purdue Lyles School of Civil Engineering is committed to providing our students, faculty, and staff with the best tools available to aid them in their research and study. One of the latest additions to our school is the tilting flume, located in the Christopher and Susan Burke Hydraulics and Hydrologic Lab in Hampton Hall.

“The flume is a very important instrument, which will help us better research and study flow structure how open channel flow works,” Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Antoine Aubeneau said.

Prof. Aubeneau said the flume will be especially impactful in his research on hyporheic exchange, which is the exchange of water between the surface and the groundwater around the sediment, rivers, and streams.

Installed right before the fall 2016 semester, Prof. Aubeneau said the instrument offers professors, researchers, and students many new study and learning opportunities.

“With this flume, you are able to really observe how flow structure is involved,” Prof. Aubeneau said. “Besides using this for research, it also really helps our students – especially our more visual learners.”