WRc Flume

Facility comprises an open channel with a working section over 5 m long, width 300mm and variable fluid depth and slope.

Open channel flume Wrc

Facility comprises an open channel with a working section over 5 m long, width 300mm and variable fluid depth and slope. Flow can be pumped through at up to 50 l/s and is measured using a calibrated electromagnetic flowmeter on the supply. Water depth can be measured with a Vernier point gauge. Non-contact devices can be mounted from a fully adjustable frame over the flume. Flume is rectangular sectioned but other sections, such as round pipe sections can also be fitted. Flow and water temperature are monitored. A heat exchanger allows different water temperatures to be used.

Type of Facility

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

Comments: Rig can be used for testing a wide range of devices suitable for use in open channels such as non-contact flow velocity sensors, base mounted open channel flowmeters and other equipment.


  • Industrial.
  • Wastewater.
  • Drinking water.
  • Other.

Other: Process instruments.

Comments: Mains water.

Type of Technologies that can be tested

  • Monitoring.
  • Measuring.
  • Sensing.
  • Other.

Other: Control.

Comments: Fluid velocity sensors, area-velocity flowmeters, liquid level sensors etc.

Availability For Use By Others

WRc can quote to carry out testing on behalf of users or suppliers, or can hire the rig to clients for their own tests or demonstrations with technical support as required. 

Cost of Use By Others
Depends on type of testing and level of technical support required.

Willingness To Partner

Mobile Pilot Plants

Other Info
Has been used for: MCERTS testing of flowmeters, development of equipment for installation in sewers or effluent streams.

Services and Capacity

  • Flow rate :
    Up to 55 l/s.
  • Number of test units :
  • Power supply :
    240V mains and 3 phase 440V.
  • Access limited to small vehicles.
  • Other.

Comments: Space for larger equipment alongside but would need positioning with a forklift or overhead crane (available in building).

Status of the Facility


  • Currently operating and resourced with services, staff etc.

Access to Facility

 Available to others.

Contact details

Address: WRc plc, Frankland Road, Blagrove, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 8YF.

Website: www.wrcplc.co.uk

Contact Name: Andy Godley.

Contact Tel: 01793 865060.

Email: [email protected]

Additional Assets

Loggers available, also sensors for logging environmental or water quality parameters.


  • Private company.

Funding Partners: No.

Regulatory issues / constraints


  • Limited discharge to environment.

Comments: Water normally recycled though can be bled off / replenished.

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