The Hydraulic and Hydraulic Constructions Laboratory of the Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry of Politecnico di Bari was designed for research (researchers, PhD and MSc-students) and technical support thanks to physical-experimental research in the fields of Hydraulic, Hudraulic Constrctions and Environmental Hydraulics.
The Hydraulics and Hydraulic Laboratory has a total surface area of approximately 2000 m2; composed by a central structure and several support units: mechanical workshop, electrical - electronic laboratory, acquisition, calculation and data processing, and image retrieval and processing.
The laboratory power supply system consists of two interconnected reservoirs, from which, thanks to a pumping system, it is possible to supply the laboratory hydraulic circuit. The water supply system, is subdivided by two network supplied by a water tower characterised by two different water head: 8 and 17 m.
The lower pressure water network is connected with a pumping station able to assure a maximum water head of 90 m and a maximum flow rate of 90 l / s. Finally, the laboratory is equipped with calibration tanks for large volumetric measurements.
Moreover, the laboratory is equipped with a Steppedn Spillways with steps on the spillway chute to assist in the dissipation of the kinetic energy of the descending water long 13.5 m, wide 0.60 m and high 2.00 m. Steps are high 0.20 m, the maximum step length is 0.80 m and the chute angle varies from 14° to 45°.
A Wave Flume for small-scale testing of floating objects long 24.40 m, wide 0.40 m and with a water depth of 0.40 m.
An Experimental Movable Channel long 30 m. wide 0.8 m, with a water depth of 0.40 m and a slope varies 0°-12°.
The Laboratory staff includes researchers, technicians and students whose work makes the laboratory a reference point in the field of Hydraulics and Environmental Hydraulics. The laboratory promotes relationships and cooperation with international universities and research institutions.