University of Sheffield Pipe loop – water quality

A ~600m long, 78mm diameter, temperature controlled plastic pipe loop (typically run as 3 off 200m replicates) designed to study water quality changes within distribution systems. Suitable for clean water studies. Designed and set up for long term tests, including the interaction of infrastructure and bulk water.

Type of Facility


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



  • Wastewater.
  • Drinking water.
  • Other.

Other: River and coasts.

Comments: Facility can be run as three fully independent loops, or one.

Type of Technologies that can be tested


  • Monitoring.
  • Measuring.

Availability For Use By Others

Cost of Use By Others
Full Economic Cost.

Willingness To Partner

Ambitions For Development
The facility is fully operational.

Mobile Pilot Plants

Services and Capacity

  • Flow rate: Up to 8l/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, chemical and biological analytical equipment available.

University Sheffield Pipe loop leakage dynamics

Contact details

Address: Pennine Water Group, University of Sheffield, S1 3JD.


Contact Name: Paul Osborne.

Contact Tel: 0114 222 5722.

Contact Email: [email protected]

Regulatory issues / constraints


  • Other.

Comments: Will be determined for each project.



  • HEI

Funding Partners

University of Sheffield.

Relevant Accreditation


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