Hydraulics and Sedimentation Laboratory

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



From the Director

Welcome to HSL, a new state-of-the-art lab for hydraulics and sedimentation research and engineering!

Our lab is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, near the banks of the Tennessee River and Fort Loudoun Lake. It lies at the crossroads between the East Coast and the Midwest. The 4500-ft2 main facility provides advanced instrumentation and infrastructure for fundamental research in the areas of water resources, environmental fluid mechanics, and watershed processes. HSL is designed to facilitate the water resources and engineering needs of local communities, as well as needs at the state, regional, national, and global levels. Several faculty members are affiliated with the lab to help fulfill our mission, bringing expertise covering principles of fluid mechanics and turbulence, urbanization, ecological processes, soil microbial activity, soil erosion, mechanics of sediment transport, new sources of energy, critical zone services, and earth surface processes. This facility, along with the hydraulics lab at the John D. Tickle Engineering Building, aims to foster interdisciplinary research, both within the UT campus and beyond, that addresses pragmatic real-life problems pertinent to water availability, sedimentation, hydraulic structures, and coupled natural-human systems in the Earth's critical zone.

We invite you to take a virtual tour of the facility through our website.

-Thanos Papanicolaou,
Professor and Henry Goodrich Chair of Excellence in Civil & Environmental Engineering, UTK,
Chief Editor, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE.

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