Research Laboratories

Civil & Environmental Engineering Water Quality Laboratory

The lab is a fully-equipped water quality laboratory in the Engineering Building. It provides civil and environmental engineering graduate and undergraduate students a modern laboratory/ classroom that is equipped with state of the art analytical equipment.

Computing Hydrology Laboratory

The Computing Hydrology Laboratory supports graduate teaching and research in surface hydrology and water resources management. Director: Jose D. Salas Phone: (970) 491-8460 Fax: (970) 491-8671.

Concrete Materials Laboratory

The Concrete Materials Laboratory supports teaching and research activities on aggregates, concrete materials, and small concrete structural units. Supports student projects in these areas. Director: Rebecca Atadero Phone: (970) 491-3584 Fax: (970) 491-7727.

Environmental Engineering: Instrumentation Laboratory

Basic and routine water analyses are performed in this lab which houses the laboratory chemicals. Although the lab's primary purpose is for research, it is used in several environmental engineering graduate level courses that require lab experience and graduate projects. Directors: Ken Carlson Phone: (970) 491-8336 and Sybil Sharvelle Phone: (970) 491-6081.

Environmental Engineering: Wet Chemistry Laboratory

Basic and routine water analyses are performed in this lab which houses the laboratory chemicals. Although the lab's primary purpose is for research, it is used in several environmental engineering graduate level courses that require lab experience and graduate projects. Directors: Ken Carlson Phone: (970) 491-8336 and Sybil Sharvelle Phone: (970) 491-6081.

Fu Hua Chen Geotechnical Laboratory

The Fu Hua Chen Geotechnical Laboratory conducts research and provides education in the areas of geoenvironmental topics, earthquakes, explosives, expansive soils, expert systems, dam safety and mine tailing. Director: Charles D. Shackelford Phone: (970) 491-5051 Fax: (970) 491-3584.

GIS Engineering Design Laboratory

The GIS Engineering Design Laboratory supports several graduate courses in Civil Engineering, training sessions in support of undergraduate Civil Engineering Courses, special workshops and short courses on the application of GIs in Engineering, and graduate student research. Director: John Labadie Phone: (970) 491-6898 Fax: (970) 491-7727.

Harold H. Short Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory

The Harold H. Short Laboratory for Urban Water Infrastructure Studies is dedicated to the study of water use management in urban areas, and research into management and uses of alternatives that will lead to better water use and reduced infrastructure costs. The lab is also a teaching lab for urban water systems analysis and urban storm water systems management. Director: Dr. Larry Roesner Phone: (970) 491-7430 Fax: 491-7727.

Hydraulic Research Laboratory

A world class facility comprised of flumes and associated equipment for hydraulic model studies and hydraulic research. Supports research, trains undergraduate and graduate students and provides hydraulic testing and support services. Director: Christopher I. Thorton Phone: (970) 491-8394 Fax: (970) 491-8462. Website: http://www.hydraulicslab.engr.colostate.edu/.

Hydrologic & Water Resources Computing Laboratory

The Hydrologic & Water Resources Computing Laboratory provides computer software and hardware requirements for graduate students engaged in research in the Hydrology program. Director: Jorge Ramirez Phone: (970) 491-7621 Fax: (970) 491-7727.

Hydromachinery Laboratory & Turbine Research Facility

The Hydromachinery Laboratory & Turbine Research Facility developed for conducting specialized research on hydromachinery (valves, meters, turbines), on pipeline transients, and on unique piping networks. The lab is used to conduct research, support undergraduate and graduate teaching, and provides testing services in areas not available in the private sector. Director: Christopher I. Thorton Phone: (970) 491-8394 Fax: (970) 491-8462.

Jack E. Cermak Thermal Fluid Sciences Laboratory

The Thermal-Fluid Science Laboratory includes a collection of experiments and instrumentation design to compliment instruction in basic fluid mechanics, hydraulics, experimental methods, heat transfer and thermodynamics. The laboratory is equipped with a selection of flumes, wind tunnels, water tunnels, pipe flow and network experiments, engines, heat exchangers; as well as computers, data-acquisitions, equipment and software, oscilloscopes, multi-meters, and other equipment. The laboratory provides the instructor with the opportunity to demonstrate concepts or for the student to creatively inquire into mechanical principles.

Sedimentation Laboratory

The Sedimentation Laboratory is a compilation of specialized equipment to analyze sand, silt, and clay particles associated with the transport of sediments in streams and rivers. The lab is used to support the research conducted in the Hydraulics lab and to train undergraduate and graduate students. Director: Christopher I. Thorton Phone: (970) 491-8394 Fax: (970) 491-8462.

Large-Scale Structural Testing Laboratory

The structural laboratory is suited for small and large scale testing of structural systems. The laboratory consists of large testing space, strong floor, reaction frames, and a dedicated control room and is serviced by various hydraulic actuators. In addition a 16 ft x 8 ft uniaxial shaking table is available and can be used for real earthquake simulation. The laboratory is equipped with various contact and non-contact instrumentations that can be used to capture critical performance parameters during testing including strain, displacements, and temperature. Director: Hussam Mahmoud Phone: (970) 491-6605 Fax: (970) 491-7727.

Turbulence Processing & Control Laboratory

The Turbulence Processing & Control Laboratory provides experimental and computational infrastructure for fundamental studies of turbulence, turbulent flow-solid body interaction and their control. Director: Bogusz J. Bienkiewicz Phone: (970) 491-8232 Fax: (970) 491-8200.

Waste Water Treatment Research Pilot Plant

The Water Treatment Research Pilot Plant is located at the south end of the Hydraulic Laboratory and has a design flow of 76 L/min (20 gpm) with ten unit processes, including rapid mix/coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, ozonation, absorption, ion exchange, air stripping, and membrane filtration. Removals of contaminants can be done on any combination of unit processes or any unit processes can be isolated for more fundamental research. On line sensors include: Hach streaming current, Hach turbidimeters, Met One particle counters, and Signet pH, temperature, conductivity, and pressure. The facility is controlled by a MicroDac board with micro-relays to control pumps and valves with unit conversions of 20 mv analog signals to digital calibrations. The facility is operated by a PC computer with backup power and alarm system to provide alerts concerning problems. A break in a water line, for example, would result in an orderly shutdown. The plant can be operated continuously for indefinite periods and can be operated unattended as needed. The computer is connected to the CSU Net for transfer of data, and for remote monitoring and control. The pilot plant has been utilized on a number of research projects since it's construction in 1992, including projects sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the USEPA, and the American Water Works Association Research Foundation. The pilot plant has been used regularly in teaching design of water treatment processes. Director: Kenneth Carlson Phone: (970) 491-8336 Fax: (970) 491-7727.

Water Resource Systems Computing Laboratory

The Water Resource Systems Computing Laboratory provides unique computer software and hardware requirements for graduate students engaged in research in the Water Resources Planning and Management program. Director: John Labadie, Timothy K. Gates, Darrell Fontane Phone: (970) 491-6898, (970) 491-5247, (970) 491-5248 Fax: (970) 491-7727, (970) 491-7727, (970) 491-6787.

Wind Engineering and Fluids Laboratory (WEFL)

One of the international laboratories where the foundations of wind engineering were established. This laboratory has three large meteorological and seven smaller specialized wind tunnels to simulate atmospheric flow over the surface of the earth. Specialized features and instrumentation permit measurements of velocity, pressure, concentration, and temperature. Director: Bogusz J. Bienkiewicz Phone: (970) 491-8232 Fax: (970) 491-8200.