WRc Small Pipe Blockage Rig

The facility is for the practical testing of the transport of solids and development of blockages under different hydraulic conditions. In addition it can be used for testing commercial products such as wet wipes, colostomy bags, medical wipes etc. to establish if they disintegrate in the drain, how far they are carries by successive flow waves or whether and how they cause blockages.

Type of Facility

Comments: Rig is highly adjustable and can be built to incorporate bends bad lateral connections. A variety of flow and wave profiles can be used.


Type of Technologies that can be tested


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: Yes.
  • MobilePilotPlants: No.

Services and Capacity

Flow rate: 20m – 40m in length.

Power supply: 240V mains and 3 phase 440V.

Test units: 1.

Status of the Facility

  • The facility is fully operational.

Access to Facility

  • Available to others.

Contact details

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

Website: www.wrcplc.co.uk

Additional Assets


  • Private company

Funding Partners: No.

Regulatory issues / constraints


  • Limited discharge to environment

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

Sponsored by: Scottish HydroNation