River Flow Simulator

River Flow Simulator for Educational Laboratory.

Product Code:

River Flow Simulator

    A self-contained river flow simulator for the study and visualisation of river formations, bedload studies and fluvial geomorphology
    Stainless steel tank with a 2150mm x 900mm working area
    Tank mounted on a steel frame with jacking system to easily and safely adjust the tank slope while fully loaded
    Uses sand as the media for detailed feature development and bedload motion studies
    Water inlet vessel with stilling can be positioned anywhere in the tank
    Water reservoir, submersible pump, variable area flow meter and control valve giving flows from 1.5 to 15l/min
    Supplied with comprehensive instruction manual.


    Robust stainless steel tank
    Uses sand for realistic and highly detailed feature formation
    Sturdy frame with dual jacks to vary slope
    Stilled water inlet vessel, featuring variable positioning
    Variable height exit
    Self-contained, includes pump and water reservoir
    Variable flow, with flow meter


The unit comprises a rectangular tank, made of stainless steel, measuring 215cm by 90cm. The tank is positioned and secured on a metal supporting frame. A manual jacking system enables the slope of the tank to be easily and safely adjusted, even when the tank is full of material and water.
The sturdy construction enables real sand to be used in the tank. This gives fine detailed and realistic feature simulation not obtainable on systems, which use plastic pellets. In this way all principles of river formation and bed load motion can be studied. For best results the use of washed and graded sand is recommended.

The water reservoir is located at the tank discharge, and water is pumped from the reservoir to the water inlet vessel using a low voltage submersible pump.
The inlet vessel is a 1.8l vessel, which can be positioned anywhere in the main tank. It is kept in its desired position by the sand within the tank. The vessel incorporates a stilling mechanism and an outlet weir designed to produce a smooth output water flow into the main tank.
Technical Specification:

Working area: 2150mm x 900mm
Flow range: 1.5-15l/min
Accuracy of flow metering:±2% full-scale
Slope adjustment – working slope: 0 – 6º, 10º max