Our research base is enhanced by our extensive array of facilities which provide the unique practical edge needed for our research.  These facilities include:

Water Engineering Laboratory

The University of Glasgow School of Engineering Water Engineering Laboratory provides a range of excellent resources for research studies with focus on water engineering, environmental fluid dynamics, eco-hydraulics, vegetation hydrodynamics, sediment transport mechanics, infrastructure scour and erosion, flow visualisation.

Our facilities are extensively used for pursuing novel research in the above research themes. Our work has been funded by research councils (EPSRC, NERC), esteemed societies (The Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh), industry and SMEs among others. These are accessible depending on funding and collaboration potential. 

Our facilities comprise of state of the art research flumes of specific capacities:

  • a glass sided, tilting, recirculating flume and wave tank (0.9m wide & 13m long, max flow rate of 0.20cms, slope 1/400 to 1/100)
  • a glass sided, tilting, recirculating flume (1.8m wide & 14m long, max flow rate of 0.15cms)

  • a glass sided, tilting, recirculating flume and wave tank (Armfield S6MKII: 0.3m wide and 12m long, max flow rate of 0.03cms, slope 1/400 to 1/90)

  • a glass sided, tilting, recirculating multipurpose flume (Armfield C4MKII: 0.076m wide and 5m long)

  • a mobile bed recirculating flume and flow visualization tank (Armfield S2: 0.6m wide & 5m long, max flow rate of 0.015cms) Manousos Lab 3

Further a range of options for comprehensive flow diagnostics are available, involving the following notable equipment (with appropriate accessories): 

  • Particle image velocimeters (PIV, Dantek Dynamics)
  • Acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP, Nortek VectrinoII) and velocimeters (ADV Sontek & Nortek Vectrino I)
  • Field high resolution velocimeters (micro-ADV Sontek)
  • Turbidity sensors (OBS-3, among others)
  • Flow anemometers, vernier hook and point gauges (digital/electronic and analog)


Lab1 from Manousos

The Water Engineering lab also has hydraulic flumes and benches for laboratory demonstrations (located at the Tuck Lab, James Watt Building):

  • a mobile bed and flow visualisation tank for observation of geomorphic effects of flows
  • a movable bed, hydraulic flow demonstrator for demonstration of various flow profiles
  • a hydraulic bench for demonstration of flow over weirs
  • a Bernoulli's bench apparatus for demonstration of fundamental Hydraulic principles
  • a centrifugal pump demonstration unit

Environmental Biotechnology Laboratories

Lab Manager: Dr. Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay (contact via email for inquiries about access: Caroline.Gauchotte-Lindsay@glasgow.ac.uk).

Location: Level 1 and Level 5, Rankine Building


  • GC-MS
    • Agilent 7890A GC System
    • Agilent 5975C EI Mass Spectrometer Detector
  • GC-FID
    • Agilent 7890B Gas Chromatography System
    • Agilent Flame Ionisation Detector
  • GC-FID, Greenhouse Gases
    • Agilent 7890B Gas Chromatography System
    • Agilent Flame Ionisation Detector
    • Agilent 7890B Gas Chromatography System
    • VG Isochrom



    • Shimadzu LC20-AT High Performance Liquid Chromatography System
    • Shimadzu SPD-M20A Photodiode Array Detector
  • TOC
    • Shimadzu TOC-LCPH Total Organic Carbon Analyser
  • FTIR
    • Shimadzu IRSpirit Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
  • IC-ECD
    • Dionex ICS-900 Ion Chromatography System
    • Dionex ICS-1100 Ion Chromatography System
  • Microtiter Plate Spectroscopy
    • Tecan Infinite M200Pro
    • Absorbance, Fluorescence, Luminescence
  • Flow Cytometer
    • BD Accuri™ C6 Plus Flow Cytometer
    • CSampler-24-tube rack and 96-well plate automated sample loader
    • onCytTM OC-300 Uno automation add-on.

Concrete lab

Lab Manager: Dr. Peter Grassl (contact via email for inquiries about access: peter.grassl@glasgow.ac.uk).

Location: 202-204, Level 2, Rankine Building

More details to be updated soon.