FlowLab is a state-of-the-art miniature water tunnel and an excellent complement to MSE’s optical flow sensors. The entire system measures 52″ (1320mm) wide, 22″ (560mm) deep, and 35 ” (890mm) tall and includes a 1/3 hp submersible pump that can push water through the 2-inch-square (50mm) test section at up to approximately 1 meter per second (40 gallons per minute). A dye injection system is built-in.
FlowLab was designed with versatility in mind. The plenum (return section) and 24-inch-long test section are user-removable. The standard flowLab package includes a Wier plenum (which allows optical access upstream from the return side) and a test section with a removable circular plug – a blank plug, a brass cylinder, and a stainless steel airfoil are part of the package. Optional test sections include an axisymmetric jet, a flat plate, and a hydraulic jump*.
*The hydraulic jump test section cannot be used with the Wier plenum.