Hydraulics Laboratory

Swinburne's Hydraulics Laboratory is part of the university's Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI). It provides a regional and national focus for developing and testing stormwater and sewer treatment devices.

Swinburne has been involved with a number of outstanding practical and theoretical water, environmental and coastal engineering research projects, including the development and commercialisation of the Humegard Gross Pollutant Trap. An innovative stormwater treatment device, the trap was developed at our hydraulics laboratory and is now widely used across Australia for storm water treatment. Recently a novel self-cleaning sewer overflow screening device was investigated in the laboratory, which is in the process of commercialisation. Also, the laboratory is equipped with state-of-the art pollutants measuring devices for a wide range of pollutants.

The university uses the laboratory facilities as well as the following commercial computer software for postgraduate research and teaching:

  • MIKE11
  • Arc-GIS
  • XP-RAFTS & XP-SWMM
  • DRAINS
  • MUSIC