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Former Laboratories

Multipurpose River Hydraulics Research Facility

The Multipurpose River Hydraulics Research Facility, an Oregon BEST Lab, located inside the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at OSU, features a recirculating system with the ability to test up to six simultaneous and independent experiments with flows up to 35 cfs (1000 L/s). The river facility consists of a 20 m (66 ft) x 10 m (33 ft) ) concrete platform for hosting hydraulic experiments, two independent head tanks (can be extended), a sediment catchment, a clean water sump, multiple pumps (variable and constant speed), and impulsion and return pipe lines. The river facility is ideal for the testing of river hydraulic structures and low head (< 15 ft) pressurized hydraulic structures. This facility can also be used for a wide range of research projects, including flood control, reservoir sedimentation, density currents, erosion and scour, aquatic habitat, stream restoration, fish passage and dam removal. See more at the Link

Director of Facility: Dr. Arturo Leon

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research (OGSIR) Facility

The OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research (OGSIR) Facility, an Oregon BEST Lab, is a three-celled stormwater research facility for field-scale experiments and testing on green infrastructure (e.g., raingardens, bioswales, etc.). The cells provide the ability to test various stormwater treatment technologies and treatment of various stormwater contaminants. These cells are also instrumented with multiple sensors to enable better data collection and modeling. Located on the NW corner of the Benton County Development Department property at SW Avery Avenue in Corvallis, Oregon, the facility intercepts and captures runoff from approximately 100,000 square feet of catchment area in the County property. Some of the pollutants being captured include tractor leaks, fuel tank spills, raw asphalt, road fill sediment, parking lot sediments and chemicals, road paint spills, etc. In addition to stormwater treatment, this facility supports long term research on stormwater quality to inform current and future projects for treating stormwater using ‘low impact development’ technology. The facility also provides education and outreach to engage the general public in taking action to support enhancing water quality. Each cell is approximately 93 feet 4 inches long and 10.5 feet wide. The depth of each cell is 3 feet.  The underdrain for each cell was laid in an 18 inches trench that is 4 feet from the top of the cell walls. The soils and plants in each of these cells can be replaced by experimental soil and plants.  See more at the Link

Co-Directors of Facility:

Dr. Meghna Babbar-Sebens and Dr. Arturo Leon


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3D View of River Hydraulics Research Facility
Another 3D View of River Hydraulics Research Facility
Overview of the River Hydraulics Research Facility
Another view of the River Hydraulics Research Facility
View of two flumes available at the River Hydraulics Research Facility
Sediment and water sumps of the River Hydraulics Research Facility
A view of a siphon flow experiment that is taking place in the River Hydraulics Research Facility
A view of a geyser flow experiment that is taking place in the River Hydraulics Research Facility

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