IIHR staff are proficient in many areas, with wide-ranging experience and the flexibility to rapidly adapt to our clients’ changing needs and tight deadlines.
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IIHR researchers use simulation-based design — a sort of virtual reality, supported by model-scale experiments — to develop efficient new ways to design and test engineering designs and prototypes. This combination of computer simulation and experimental modeling is on the cutting edge of hydraulic research.
Physical hydraulic modeling is a core strength of our team, perfected through decades of experience developing innovative designs and supporting applied hydraulic research. By working closely with our clients throughout the process, we can often save time and money while delivering excellent results.
We have facilities to support construction of several large warehouse-sized models, including major hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest. For large construction projects, we maintain a broad assortment of mechanized equipment, including skid loaders, dump trailers, tilt-bed trucks, and an industrial forklifts.
IIHR staff construct, calibrate, and care for data-acquisition equipment and systems for a broad range of model and field research. Customized instruments are available to measure a variety of fluid-flow parameters.
Flume design and construction is a historic strength at IIHR. We operate several flumes that were designed and constructed in-house. In addition, our staff have the skills to design and construct custom flumes to meet client needs. Our team has also built and installed a number of flumes around the country.