University of Sheffield Pipe loop – leakage and dynamics

A ~150m long 50mm diameter plastic pipe loop with central leakage section that can simulate burial. Suitable for clean water studies. Designed for shorter term tests, including transients / water hammer.

Type of Facility

  • Specialist facility.
  • Pilot facility.
  • Physical rigs.
  • Testing/demonstration facility.



  • Distribution.
  • Drinking water.

Comments: Particularly designed for testing hydraulic transients, but also used for longer term steady state leakage studies.

Type of Technologies that can be tested


  • Monitoring.
  • Measuring.

Availability For Use By Others

Availability For Use By Others

Cost of Use By Others
Full Economic Cost.

Willingness To Partner

Ambitions For Development

Mobile Pilot Plants


Services and Capacity


  • Flow rate :
    Up to 4l/s up to 40m.
  • Power supply.
  • Access limited to small vehicles.

Comments: Contact Paul Osborne for details.

Status of the Facility


  • Currently operating and resourced with services, staff etc.

Access to Facility


  • Available to others.

Comments: Training required if external staff wish to use facility.

Additional Assets

Wide range of hydraulic measurement (including extremely high speed pressure and imaging), chemical and biological analytical equipment available.

University Sheffield Pipe loop leakage dynamics



  • HEI

Funding Partners
University of Sheffield.

Regulatory issues / constraints


  • Other

Comments: Will be determined for each project.

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