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Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory is a 11,000 square-foot hydraulic research laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, part of the top-ranked Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  The Laboratory is named in honor of its founder, Professor Ven Te Chow.


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Recent Research

  • The Laboratory is utilizing new, low-cost technology for measuring instantaneous water surface elevation profiles in laboratory flumes. The system currently implemented was designed, built and installed on the Kinoshita Flume.
  • Permeable media are encountered in a wide variety of geophysical systems. A particular type of such media is "hybrid porous media" which consists of a fluid-saturated porous bed bounded by a free-stream flow.
  • Current field techniques are available to quantify critical shear stress and erosion rates of cohesive bed/bank materials. For coarse-grained alluvium, critical shear stress is presumed to be in conformity with Shields' diagram, where the primary parameter is the grain size. Shields' diagram and...

Recent Publications