Tag: Flume

FHWA Videos Recommend Best Hydraulic Field Scoping Procedures

By Dusty Robinson, PE, Senior Project Manager When it comes to designing roadways and other transportation infrastructure, the structures themselves aren’t all that needs to be considered. Hydraulic design – or the impact water has on this infrastructure – is a critical consideration in transportation design. For example, the most common cause of bridge failures… Read More »

FHWA Hydraulic Videos Train Engineers

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently expanded its YouTube presence by creating a series of educational videos that showcase the use of a portable flume to visualize open-channel flow and culvert design concepts. The portable flume is a small open channel (6 inches wide and 5 feet long) that fits on a tabletop and recirculates… Read More »

Training Flume Helps Engineers Get Their Hands Wet – And Keep Their Roads Dry

How much water can a culvert pass? Which pavement inlets work best? Does a liner change a pipe’s capacity? What problems can arise when there’s just too much water? Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Ayres Associates engineers have designed a training tool to help transportation engineers answer these and many more questions about highway drainage… Read More »