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Complete Fluid Mechanics Laboratory– F1

Statics | Dynamics | Open/Closed channel flow | Rotodynamics | Hydr aulics



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C7-MkII Pipe surge & water hammer apparatus
C11-MkII Pipe networks accessory

S16 Hydraulic flow demonstrator

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(Shown with F1-10 Hydraulics bench) (Shown with F1-10 Hydraulics bench) (Shown with F1-10 Hydraulics bench)


F1-29 Fluid statics & manometry apparatus

F1-32 Francis turbine demonstration

F1-30 Fluid properties apparatus

F1-31 Pascal's apparatus

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F1-10 and associated products

The Armfield Hydraulics Bench and accessories have long been

the benchmark used in Fluid Mechanics teaching laboratories.
The comprehensive range of equipment covers all aspects of the
teaching of Hydraulics in a safe, visual and easy to understand
way, backed up by first class teaching materials. <E X T E N D E D >
This range of equipment has now been extended and reinforced
2 -Y R W

2 years

with an integrated range of Hydrostatics teaching accessories





together with some new hydraulics products. Thus the complete

curriculum can be covered with this attractive range of products. The latest version of this data sheet is available at: issue 1
Fluid Statics Fluid Dynamics
(Closed Conduit Flow)
F1-15 Bernoulli’s theorem

F1-16 Impact of a jet

F1-11 Dead weight calibrator

F1-17 Orifice and free jet flow

F1-17A Orifice discharge

F1-12 Hydrostatic pressure

F1-18 Energy losses in pipes

F1-14 Metacentric height F1-20 Osborne-Reynolds demonstration

F1-29 Fluid statics & manometry apparatus

F1-21 Flow meter demonstration
F1-30 Fluid properties apparatus

F1-22 Energy losses in bends

F1-31 Pascal's apparatus

F1-23 Free and fixed vortices

F1-24 Hydraulic ram

F1-28 Cavitation demonstration

C6-MkII Fluid friction apparatus (shown with F1-10)

C7-MkII Pipe surge and
water hammer apparatus (shown with F1-10)

C11-MkII Pipe networks accessory
(shown with F1-10)

S16 Hydraulic flow demonstrator (shown with F1-10)
Open Channel Flow Rotodynamic Machines
(Free Surface Flow) (Fluid Machinery)

F1-13 Flow over weirs

F1-25 Demonstration Pelton turbine

F1-19 Flow channel

F1-26 Series parallel pumps

C4-MkII Multi-purpose teaching flume

(shown with F1-10)

F1-27 Centrifugal pump characteristics

S16 Hydraulic flow demonstrator (shown with F1-10) NEW

F1-32 Demonstration Francis turbine

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(also see the comprehensive range of

computer controlled rotodynamic machines
in the Armfield ‘Capture’ FM range.

Note: ‘F’ Coded products are aimed at an introduction

to basic principles. ‘C’ and ‘S’ coded products provide
a more thorough understanding of the topic covered.

Head (metres of water)

0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4

Flow (litres S -1)

F1-10 Basic Hydraulics Bench Service pump characteristics curve (indicative)

The F1-10 Basic Hydraulics Bench


This unit is designed as a portable and self-contained Pump: centrifugal type

service module for the range of accessories described later
max. head 21m H2O
in this data sheet.
max. flow 1.35 litres/sec
The bench is constructed from lightweight corrosion
resistant plastic and is mounted on wheels for mobility. Motor rating: 0.37kW
The bench top incorporates an open channel with side Sump tank capacity: 250 litres
channels to support the accessory on test. High flow volumetric tank: 40 litres
Volumetric measurement is integral and has been chosen Low flow volumetric tank: 6 litres
in preference to other methods of flow measurement for its
Height of working surface: 1 metre above floor level
ease of use, accuracy and safety in use (no heavy weights
for students to handle).
The volumetric measuring tank is stepped to accommodate
low or high flow rates. A stilling baffle reduces turbulence Height: 1.00m
and a remote sight tube with scale gives an instantaneous Width: 1.13m
indication of water level. A measuring cylinder is included in Depth: 0.73m
the supply for measurement of very small flow rates.
A dump valve in the base of the volumetric tank is operated SHIPPING SPECIFICATION
by a remote actuator. Opening the dump valve returns the Volume 1.5m3
measured volume of water to the sump in the base of the Gross weight 160kg
bench for recycling. An overflow in the volumetric tank
avoids flooding. Individual accessories on request
Water is drawn from the sump tank by a centrifugal pump SERVICES REQUIRED
and a panel mounted control valve regulates the flow. An
easy-to-use quick release pipe connector situated in the Electrical supply:
bench top allows for the rapid exchange of accessories F1-10-A: 220/240V/1ph/50Hz @ 10A
without the need for hand tools. F1-10-B: 110/120V/1ph/60Hz @ 20A
Each accessory is supplied as a complete piece of F1-10-G: 220V/1ph/60Hz @ 10A
equipment needing no additional service items other than Water:
the Hydraulics Bench. When coupled to the bench they are Fill with clean water.
immediately ready for use. No permanent connection required.
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F1–11 Dead Weight Pressure Gauge Calibrator F1-12 Hydrostatic Pressure

F1-11 Dead Weight Pressure Gauge Calibrator F1-12 Hydrostatic Pressure

This calibrator functions on the same principle adopted in The Hydrostatic Pressure accessory has been designed
calibrating industrial pressure gauges. to determine the static thrust exerted by a fluid on a
submerged surface and allow comparison of the measured
DEMONSTRATION CAPABILITIES magnitude and position of this force with simple theory.
 alibrating a Bourdon type pressure gauge DEMONSTRATION CAPABILITIES
Description >D
 etermining the centre of pressure on both a submerged
This dead weight pressure gauge calibrator consists or partially submerged plane surface and comparison with
of a precision machined piston and cylinder assembly the theoretical position
mounted on levelling screws.
A Bourdon gauge is supplied for calibration. The weights
supplied are added to the upper end of the piston rod A fabricated quadrant is mounted on a balance arm which
which is rotated to minimise friction effects. pivots on knife edges. The knife edges coincide with the
centre of arc of the quadrant. Thus, of the hydrostatic
The gauge is thus subject to known pressures which forces acting on the quadrant when immersed, only the
may be compared with the gauge readings and an error force on the rectangular end face gives rise to a moment
curve drawn. about the knife edges.
Technical Details The balance arm incorporates a hanger for the weights
supplied and an adjustable counterbalance.
Pressure gauge: Bourdon tube This assembly is mounted on top of an acrylic tank which
range 0 to 200 KN/m2 (KPa) may be levelled by adjusting screwed feet. Correct
Area of Piston: 244.8 x 10-6 m2 alignment is indicated on a circular spirit level mounted on
the base of the tank.
Mass of piston: 0.5kg
An indicator attached to the side of the tank shows when
Ancillary masses: 2x 0.5kg, 1.0kg and 2.5kg the balance arm is horizontal. Water is admitted to the top
of the tank by a flexible tube and may be drained through a
cock in the side of the tank. The water level is indicated on
a scale on the side of the quadrant.
Technical Details
Calibrated pressure KN/m 2

Tank capacity: 5.5 litres
80 Distance between suspended mass and fulcrum: 275mm
Cross-sectional area of quadrant (torroid): 7.5 x 10 -3m²
Total depth of completely immersed quadrant: 160mm
40 Height of fulcrum above quadrant: 100mm


0 20 40 60 80 100 120 200

Indicated pressure KN/m

r (mm)


0 MASS (g) 500

Graph plotting r against mass using F1-12 (indicative)

Requires F1-10

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F1–13 Flow over Weirs - vee notch weir F1–14 Metacentric Height

F1-13 Flow over Weirs F1-14 Metacentric Height

Two weir plates of different shape are provided allowing This equipment allows a thorough investigation of the
familiarisation and comparison with theory. factors affecting the stability of a floating body.


>D  emonstrating the characteristics of > Determining the centre of gravity of the pontoon
flow over a rectangular notch
 etermining the metacentric height and from this
> Demonstrating the characteristics
of flow over a vee notch the position of the metacentre for the pontoon
> Determining the coefficient of discharge > Varying the metacentric height with angle of heel

Description Description

The Flow over Weirs consists of five basic elements used in The position of the metacentre can be varied to produce
conjunction with the flow channel in the moulded bench top of stable and unstable equilibrium.
the Hydraulics Bench. The equipment consists of a plastic rectangular floating
A quick release connector in the base of the channel is pontoon, the centre of gravity of which can be varied by an
unscrewed and a delivery nozzle screwed in its place. adjustable weight which slides and can be clamped in any
A stilling baffle locates into slots in the walls of the channel. position on a vertical mast.
The inlet nozzle and stilling baffle in combination promote A single plumb-bob is suspended from the mast which
smooth flow conditions in the channel. indicates the angle of heel on a calibrated scale.
A Vernier hook and point gauge is mounted on an instrument A weight with lateral adjustment allows the degree of
carrier which is located on the side channels of the moulded
heel to be varied and hence the stability of the pontoon
top. The carrier may be moved along the channels to the
required measurement position. determined.
The rectangular notch weir or (V) vee notch weir to be tested The equipment does not require a separate water tank
is clamped to the weir carrier in the channel by thumb nuts. as it may be used on the Hydraulics Bench by filling the
The stainless steel weir plates incorporate captive studs to volumetric tank.
aid assembly.
TECHNICAL DETAILS Max. angle of heel: ±13º
Overall dimensions of weir plates: height 160mm Corresponding linear dimension: ±90mm
width 230mm Pontoon dimensions: length 350mm
thickness 4mm width 200mm
Dimensions of rectangular notch: height 82mm overall height 475mm
width 30mm

Angle of vee notch weir: 90° inclusive
Hook & point gauge range: 0 to 150mm
Accuracy 0.1mm
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10

(x10 -4 m 3/s) (x10 -3 m 3/s)

5.0 1.5


0 0
0 H 5/2 (m 5/2) 0.001 0 H 3/2 (m 3/2) 0.03

Typical results obtained using F1–13 vee notch weir (left) and rectangular weir
Requires F1-10

Requires F1-10
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F1–15 Bernoulli’s Theorem Demonstration F1-16 Impact of a Jet

F1-15 Bernoulli’s Theorem Demonstration F1-16 Impact of a Jet

This accessory demonstrates the application of Bernoulli’s This equipment allows the force developed by a jet of water
Theorem and circumstances where it does not apply. impinging upon a stationary object to be measured.


> Demonstrating Bernoulli’s Theorem and its limitations >M

 easuring the force exerted on different targets and
comparison with the forces predicted by momentum theory
 irectly measuring the static and total head distribution
along a Venturi tube Description
> Determining the meter coefficient at various flow rates The apparatus consists of a cylindrical clear acrylic
fabrication with provision for levelling. Water is fed through
a nozzle and discharged vertically to strike a target carried
The test section consists of a classical Venturi machined in on a stem which extends through the cover. A weight carrier
clear acrylic. A series of wall tappings allow measurement is mounted on the upper end of the stem.
of the static pressure distribution along the converging The dead weight of the moving parts is counter-balanced
and diverging duct, while a total head tube is provided to by a compression spring. The vertical force exerted on the
traverse along the centre line of the test section. These target plate is measured by adding the weights supplied to
tappings are connected to a manometer bank incorporating the weight pan until the mark on the weight pan corresponds
a manifold with air bleed valve. with the level gauge.
Pressurisation of the manometers is facilitated by a hand A total of four targets are provided.
pump. The test section is arranged so that the characteristics
of flow through both a converging and diverging section Technical Details
can be studied. Water is fed through a hose connector and
Nozzle diameter: 8mm
is controlled by a flow regulator valve at the outlet of the
Distance between nozzle & target plate: 20mm
test section.
Diameter of target plate: 36mm
The Venturi can be demonstrated as a means of flow Target plates: – 180º hemispherical target
measurement and the discharge coefficient can be
– 120º target (cone)
– flat target
Technical Details
– 30º target
Manometer range: 0 to 300mm
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Number of manometer tubes: 8
Throat diameter: 10.0mm
Upstream diameter: 25.0mm
Upstream taper: 14º
Downstream taper: 21º
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Requires F1-10

Requires F1-10
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F1-17 Orifice and Free Jet Flow F1-17a Orifice Discharge

F1-17 Orifice and Free Jet Flow F1-17a Orifice Discharge

This equipment permits calibration of two orifices of The Orifice Discharge accessory enables full analysis of
differing diameter and allows the trajectory of the jet to the flow through five different orifices over a range of
be plotted. flow rates.


> Establishing the coefficient of velocity for a small orifice > Determining the contraction and velocity coefficients
 inding experimentally the coefficient of > Calculating the discharge coefficient
discharge for a small orifice with flow under
constant head and flow under varying head
 omparing the measured trajectory of a jet with The Orifice Discharge accessory consists of a cylindrical
that predicted by simple theory of mechanics Clear acrylic tank which has an orifice fitted in the base.
A traverse assembly is provided which enables a pitot tube
to be positioned anywhere in the jet. Attached to this pitot
In the Orifice & Free Jet Flow accessory a constant tube is a fine wire which can be traversed across the jet to
head tank is fed with water from the Hydraulics Bench. accurately measure the jet diameter and the vena contracta
The orifice is installed at the base of this tank by means of a diameter and so determine the contraction coefficient.
special wall fitting which provides a flush inside surface. The pitot head and the total head across the orifice are
shown on manometer tubes adjacent to the tank.
The head is maintained at a constant value by an adjustable
overflow and is indicated by a level scale. A series of adjustable In addition to the sharp edged orifice, four additional orifices
probes allow the path followed by the jet to be ascertained. with different profiled are supplied. All orifices have a common
bore of 13mm for direct comparison of performance.
Adjustable feet permit levelling.
Standard orifice: sharp-edged 13mm diameter
Orifice diameters: 3.0mm and 6.0mm Max. head: 365mm
Jet trajectory probes: 8 Traverse mechanism: lead screw with adjusting nut
Max. constant head: 410mm calibrated 0.1mm per division
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Requires F1-10

Requires F1-10
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F1-18 Energy Losses F1-19 Flow Channel

in Pipes

F1-18 Energy Losses in Pipes F1-19 Flow Channel

This equipment allows the pressure drop of water passing The Flow Channel introduces students to the
through a hydraulically smooth circular pipe to be measured characteristics of flow in an open channel at an
in detail and the pipe friction equation to be verified. elementary level.


> Investigating the variation of friction head along a >D

 emonstrating basic phenomena associated with open
circular pipe with the mean flow velocity in the pipe channel flow

> Investigating the effects of laminar and turbulent >V

 isualisation of flow patterns over or around immersed
flow regimes objects

Description Description

The Energy Losses in Pipes accessory consists of a test pipe, The channel consists of a clear acrylic working section
orientated vertically on the side of the equipment, which of large depth to width ratio incorporating undershot and
may be fed directly from the Hydraulics Bench supply or, overshot weirs at the inlet and discharge ends respectively.
alternatively, from the integral constant head tank. Water is fed to the streamlined channel entry via a stilling
tank to reduce turbulence. Water discharging from the
These sources provide high or low flow rates which may be channel is collected in the volumetric tank of the Hydraulics
controlled by a valve at the discharge end of the test pipe. Bench and returned to the sump for recirculation. A dye
Head loss between two tapping points in the test pipe is injection system incorporated at the inlet to the channel
measured using two manometers, a water over mercury permits flow visualisation in conjunction with a graticule on
manometer for large pressure differentials and a pressurised the rear face of the channel.
water manometer for small pressure differentials.
Models supplied with the channel include broad and
Excess water discharging from the constant head tank sharp crested weirs, large and small diameter cylinders
is returned to the sump tank of the Hydraulics Bench. and symmetrical and asymmetrical aerofoils which, in
Adjustable feet permit levelling. conjunction with the inlet and discharge weirs, permit
Mercury not supplied. a varied range of open channel and flow visualisation
A Digital Pressure Meter: H12-8 is available as an
alternative to Mercury manometers - ask for data sheet Adjustable feet permit levelling
H Series: Hydraulic Measurement Instruments or view
Technical Details
Dye injection needles: 5
Technical Details
Dye reservoir capacity: 0.45 litres
Diameter of test pipe: 3.0mm Width of channel: 15mm
Length of test pipe: 760mm Length of channel: 615mm
Distance between pressure tapping points: 500mm Depth of channel: 150mm
Range of mercury manometer: 500mm Models: – broad crested weir
Range of water manometer: 500mm – narrow crested weir
Measuring cylinder capacity: 1000ml – symmetrical aerofoil
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10 – asymmetrical aerofoil
– small cylinder
– large cylinder
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Requires F1-10

Requires F1-10
(x10 -4 m 3/s)


Flow Rate
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0 (m 1/2 )
0 H 1/2 0.7

© Armfield Ltd. 2010 (x10 -4 m 3/s)


F1-20 Osborne Reynolds’ F1-21 Flow Meter Typical results obtained

Flow Rate
Demonstration Demonstration using F1–21 orifice plate

F1-20 Osborne Reynolds’ Demonstration F1-21 Flow Meter Demonstration

0 (m 1/2 )
0 H 1/2 0.7
This item is intended to reproduce the classic experiments This accessory is designed to introduce students to three
conducted by Professor Osborne Reynolds concerning basic types of flow meter.
the nature of laminar and turbulent flow.
 irectly comparing flow measurement using a Venturi
 eproducing the classic experiments conducted by meter, variable area meter and orifice plate
Professor Osborne Reynolds concerning fluid flow condition > Calibrating each flow meter using the volumetric measuring
 bserving the laminar, transitional, turbulent flow and tank of the bench
velocity profile > Comparing pressure drops across each device
The equipment operates in a vertical mode. A header tank
containing stilling media provides a constant head of water The equipment consists of a Venturi meter, variable area
through a bellmouth entry to the flow visualisation pipe. Flow meter and orifice plate, installed in a series configuration
through this pipe is regulated using a control valve at the to permit direct comparison. A flow control valve permits
discharge end. The flow rate of water through the pipe can be variation of the flow rate through the circuit.
measured using the volumetric tank (or measuring cylinder) Pressure tappings are incorporated so that the head loss
of the Hydraulics Bench. Velocity of the water can therefore characteristics of each flow meter may be measured. These
be determined to allow calculation of Reynolds’ number. tappings are connected to an eight tube manometer bank
The equipment uses a similar dye injection technique to that incorporating a manifold with air bleed valve.
of Reynolds’ original apparatus to enable observation of flow Pressurisation of the manometers is facilitated by a hand
conditions. pump. The circuit and manometer are attached to a
support framework which stands on the working top of the
TECHNICAL DETAILS Hydraulics Bench. The bench is used as the source of water
Test pipe diameter: 10.0mm (precision bore glass) supply and for calibrating volumetrically each flow meter.
Length of test pipe: 700mm
Dye reservoir capacity: 0.45 litres
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Manometer range: 0 to 400mm
Number of manometer tubes: 8
Orifice plate diameter: 20mm
Variable area meter: 2 to 20 litres/min
Venturi dimensions:
– Throat diameter 15mm
– Upstream pipe diameter 31.75mm
– Upstream taper 21º inclusive
– Downstream taper 14º inclusive
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Requires F1-10

Requires F1-10
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F1-22 Energy Losses in Bends F1-23 Free and Forced Vortices

F1-22 Energy Losses in Bends F1-23 Free and Forced Vortices

This accessory permits losses in different bends, a sudden This equipment is designed to produce and measure
contraction, sudden enlargement and a typical control the characteristics of free and forced vortices.
valve to be demonstrated.
 nderstanding the difference between free and forced
 easuring the losses in the devices related to flowrate vortices
and calculating loss coefficients related to velocity head
> Determining the surface profile of a forced vortex
> Comparing the pressure drop across each device
 etermining the surface profile and total head distribution
Description of a free vortex

The equipment is mounted on a free-standing framework > Visualisation of secondary flow in a free vortex
which supports the test pipework and instrumentation. The
following typical pipe fittings are incorporated for study: Description
mitre bend, 90º elbow, swept bends (large and small The apparatus comprises a clear acrylic cylinder on a plinth
radius), sudden contraction and sudden enlargement. designed to produce and measure free and forced vortices.
All are instrumented with upstream and downstream pressure The free vortex is generated by water discharging through
tappings. These tappings are connected to a bank of an interchangeable orifice in the base of the cylinder and
twelve water manometer tubes, mounted on the framework. the resulting profile is measured using a combined caliper
Pressurisation of the manometers is facilititated by a hand and depth scale. The forced vortex is induced by a paddle
pump. A gate valve is used to control the flow rate. in the base of the cylinder which is rotated by jets of water.
A separate gate valve is instrumented with upstream and The profile of the forced vortex is determined using a series
downstream pressure tappings which are connected to a of depth gauges.
differential gauge on the edge of the framework. Velocity at any point in the free or forced vortices may
The unit stands on the working top of the Hydraulics Bench be measured using the appropriate Pitot tube supplied.
which is also used as the source of water supply. Dye crystals (not supplied ) may be used to demonstrate
secondary flow at the base of the free vortex.
Technical Details
Technical Details
Pipe diameter: 19.48mm
Tank diameter: 245mm
Differential pressure gauge: 0 to 3bar
Height to overflow point: 180mm
Enlargement diameter: 26.2mm
Orifice diameters: 8, 16 and 24mm
Contraction diameter: 19.48mm
Forced vortex measuring probes
– 45º mitre Distance from centre: 0, 30, 50, 70, 90 and 110mm
– elbow Pitot tubes having measuring point (nose) at:
15, 25 and 30mm radius
– short bend
Inlet tubes: 9 and 12.5mm diameter
– large bend
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
– enlargement
– contraction
Manometer range: 0 to 440mm
Number of manometer tubes: 12
Differential manometers: 6
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Requires F1-10

Requires F1-10
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F1-24 Hydraulic Ram F1-25 Demonstration Pelton Turbine

F1-24 Hydraulic Ram F1-25 Demonstration Pelton Turbine

If flowing water is suddenly brought to rest in a long pipe, The Demonstration Pelton Turbine provides a simple low
a phenomena known as water hammer occurs, wherein cost introduction to turbine performance.
a pressure wave travels along the pipe. This principle is
used in the hydraulic ram to pump water. DEMONSTRATION CAPABILITIES

DEMONSTRATION CAPABILITIES > Determining the operating characteristics, i.e. power,

efficiency and torque, of a Pelton turbine at various speeds
> Establishing flow/pressure characteristics and determining
efficiency of the hydraulic ram Description

Description This accessory comprises a miniature Pelton wheel with

spear valve arrangement mounted on a support frame
The Hydraulic Ram comprises an acrylic base incorporating which locates on the Hydraulics Bench top channel.
pulse and non-return valves and a supply reservoir on a Mechanical output from the turbine is absorbed using a
stand which is fed by the Hydraulics Bench. An air vessel simple friction dynamometer.
above the valve chamber smooths cyclic fluctuations from
Pressure at the spear valve is indicated on a remote gauge.
the ram delivery.
A non-contacting tachometer (not supplied) may be used to
The weights supplied may be applied to the pulse valve determine the speed of the Pelton wheel.
to change the closing pressure and hence the operating
Basic principles of the Pelton turbine may be demonstrated
and, with appropriate measurements, power produced and
TECHNICAL DETAILS efficiency may be determined.

Supply head: 300 - 700mm variable TECHNICAL DETAILS

Delivery head: 750 - 1500mm variable
Speed range: 0 to 2000 r.p.m.
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10 Brake power: 10 Watts
Pressure gauge range: 0 to 25m H2O
Force balance range: 0 to 20N + 0.2N
Number of Pelton buckets: 16
Diameter of Pelton wheel: 123mm
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Requires F1-10

Requires F1-10
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F1-26 Series/Parallel Pumps F1-27 Centrifugal Pump Characteristics

F1-26 Series/Parallel Pumps F1-27 Centrifugal Pump Characteristics

The introduction of a second pump to the Hydraulic This accessory offers similar features to those described
Bench system allows the study of two pump performance, for the item F1-26 but with enhanced capabilities provided
both in series and parallel operation. by the inclusion of a variable speed pump with inverter
drive rather than a fixed speed pump.
Determining the head/flow rate characteristics of:
> A single centrifugal pump at a single speed >D
 etermining the relationship between head, discharge,
speed, power and efficiency for a centrifugal pump
 wo similar pumps operating in a parallel
at various speeds
configuration at the same speed
 etermining the head/flow rate characteristics
 wo similar pumps operating in a series
of two similar pumps operating in either parallel
configuration at the same speed
or series configuration at the same speed
This accessory comprises a fixed speed pump assembly
This accessory comprises a variable speed pump assembly
and independent discharge manifold interconnected by
and independent discharge manifold interconnected
flexible tubing with quick release connectors. This auxiliary
by flexible tubing with quick release connectors.
pump is intended to be used in conjunction with the basic
This auxiliary pump is intended to be used in conjunction
Hydraulics Bench.
with the basic Hydraulics Bench.
The auxiliary pump is mounted on a support plinth which
The auxiliary pump is mounted on a support plinth which
stands adjacent to the Hydraulics Bench primary pump.
stands adjacent to the Hydraulics Bench primary pump,
Technical Details with which it is intended to be used.
The pump speed is varied by an inverter drive. The motor
Pump: centrifugal type speed, output voltage and motor current can be monitored
max. head 21m H2O on the inverter display. A compound pressure gauge is
max. flow 1.35 litres/sec mounted directly on the pump inlet and a pressure gauge
Motor rating: 0.36kW is mounted directly on the pump outlet.
Pressure gauge range: 0 to 60m H2O An independent discharge manifold incorporates a pressure
Compound gauge range: –10 to + 32m H2O gauge and flow control valve prior to a discharge pipe
See Hydraulics Bench F1–10 Technical Details with diffuser.
for primary pump characteristics.
Technical Details
SERVICES REQUIRED Pump: centrifugal type
Electrical supply: max. head 21.0m H2O
F1-26-A: 220/240V/1ph/50Hz @ 10A max. flow rate 1.35 l/sec
F1-26-B: 110/120V/1ph/60Hz @ 20A Motor: 0.36kW
F1-26-G: 220V/1ph/60Hz @ 10A Speed controller: Frequency inverter
Speed range: 0 to 1500 rpm
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10 Pressure gauge: 0 to 60 m H2O
Compound gauge: -10 to 32m H2O
See Hydraulics Bench F1–10 Technical Details
for primary pump characteristics.


Electrical supply:
F1-27-A: 220/240V/1ph/50Hz @ 10A
F1-27-G: 220V/1ph/60Hz @ 10A
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Requires F1-10

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F1-28 Cavitation Demonstration F1-29

F1-28 Cavitation Demonstration F1-29 FLUID STATICS AND MANOMETRY

This accessory demonstrates visually, audibly and This apparatus provides an introduction to the behaviour
numerically the phenomenon of cavitation and its of liquids under hydrostatic conditions (fluid at rest)
association with the vapour pressure of a liquid. and the application of these principles to pressure
measurement using manometers.
 bservation of the phenomenon of cavitation in a
liquid (by reducing the liquid to its vapour pressure) > Demonstrating the behaviour of liquids at rest (Hydrostatics)
 omparison of theoretical and actual pressure at >S
 howing that the free surface of a liquid is horizontal and
cavitation conditions independent of cross section
 bservation of air-release due to dissolved gasses >M
 easuring liquid level using a scale and the effect of parallax
in a liquid >M
 easuring small changes in liquid level using a micro-
 emonstration of reducing cavitation by increasing the manometer
static pressure in a liquid >M
 easuring changes in liquid level using a Vernier hook
and point gauge
 sing a single piezometer / manometer
This accessory consists of a circular Venturi-shaped test tube to measure head
section manufactured from clear acrylic to allow visualisation
inside the section. As the flow of water increases the > Using manometer tubes to measure differential pressure
pressure at the throat falls in accordance with the Bernoulli >U
 sing an inclined manometer to measure small pressure
equation until a limit is reached corresponding to the vapour differences
pressure of the liquid. At this low pressure small bubbles of
 sing a ‘U’ tube manometer to measure pressure
vapour form then collapse violently as the pressure rises
differences in a gas (air over liquid)
again downstream - a process called cavitation.
 sing an inverted pressurized ‘U’ tube manometer
Bourdon gauges indicate the pressure upstream of
to measure pressure differences in a liquid
the contraction, inside the throat and downstream of the
expansion in the test section. Flow control valves upstream and >U
 sing liquids with different densities to change the
downstream of the test section allow the flow and pressure to sensitivity of a ‘U’ tube manometer
be adjusted allowing cavitation to be clearly demonstrated. >D
 emonstrating the effect of trapped air on the accuracy
TECHNICAL DETAILS of a manometer
 emonstrating the effect of flowing liquid (friction in a
Upstream pressure gauge: 63mm diameter,
fluid created by motion)
Range 0 to 1 Bar
Throat vacuum gauge: 100mm diameter,
Range -1 to 0 Bar
Downstream pressure gauge: 63mm diameter, The Armfield F1-29 is designed to demonstrate the
Range 0 -1 Bar properties of Newtonian fluids and their behaviour under
hydrostatic conditions (fluid at rest). This allows students
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
to develop an understanding and knowledge of a wide
range of fundamental principles and techniques, before
studying fluids in motion. These include the use of fluids in
manometers to measure pressure and pressure differences
in gases and liquids.
© Armfield Ltd. 2010

Some simple exercises are included to show how the

behaviour of a fluid changes when flow is involved and the
relevance of concepts such as frictional losses.
Overall dimensions:
The apparatus is constructed from PVC and clear acrylic Height: 1250 mm (maximum to top of level gauge)
and consists of a vertical reservoir containing water that Width: 425 mm
is connected to a series of vertical manometer tubes. Depth: 150 mm
These tubes can be used individually or in combination
for the different demonstrations of hydrostatic principles Max depth inside reservoir: 574 mm
and manometry. One tube includes changes in cross Inside diameter of reservoir: 100 mm
section to demonstrate that the level of a free surface is Scale length of manometer tubes: 460 mm
not affected by the size or the shape of the tube. The right Manometer tubes incorporated:
hand manometer tube is separate from the other tubes and
1x ‘U’ tube
incorporates a pivot and indexing mechanism at the base
2x Vertical parallel tubes
that allows this tube to be inclined at fixed angles of 5°, 30°,
60° and 90° (vertical). 1x Vertical tube with varying cross section
1x Vertical tube with pivot allowing
The reservoir incorporates a hook and point gauge with operation at three different inclinations
Vernier scale, mounted through the lid, that allows large
changes in level to be measured with better precision than Does not require Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
a simple scale. A vertical transparent piezometer tube
through the lid of the reservoir allows the static head above
the water in the reservoir to be observed when the air space
above the water is not open to atmosphere.
Connections at the top of the reservoir and each of the
manometer tubes allows a syringe to be connected using
flexible tubing that allows the static pressure of the air to
be varied positively or negatively as required for the various
demonstrations. The syringe and flexible tubing for filling
the equipment etc. are stored at the rear of the apparatus
when not in use for convenience.
A small flow can be induced through the interconnecting
pipework between the various manometer tubes to provide
a simple but clear demonstration of the effect of friction
created by the motion of the fluid. This is useful to the
student before performing demonstrations using more
advanced Fluid Dynamics accessories.
The equipment is designed to demonstrate the basic
principles of hydrostatics and manometry using water for
safety and convenience. The use of a safe, soluble food
dye in the water makes observation of the level changes
clearer without affecting the operation of the apparatus.
Alternative liquids, with different densities, can be used in
the ‘U’ tube manometer if required to extend the range of
the demonstrations.
© Armfield Ltd. 2010


This apparatus provides an introduction to the

fundamental properties of liquids that affect
their behaviour in practical applications. Overall dimensions:
Width: 600 mm
 easuring fluid density and relative density (specific Depth: 160 mm
gravity) of a liquid using a universal hydrometer
> Measuring fluid viscosity using a falling sphere viscometer The following components are included:
2x Hydrometer jars (clipped to stand)
 easuring fluid density and relative density (specific
gravity) of a liquid using a pycnometer (density bottle) 1x Universal hydrometer (in protective housing)
2x Falling sphere viscometer tubes (clipped to stand)
 bserving the effect of capillary elevation between
1x Plastic storage box containing steel spheres
flat plates
1x Spirit filled glass thermometer (in protective housing)
 easuring the effect of capillary elevation inside
1x Direct reading aneroid barometer (fixed to stand)
capillary tubes
1x Parallel plate capillary apparatus
 erifying Archimedes principle using a brass bucket & 1x Capillary tube apparatus with 6 tubes of varying size
cylinder with a lever balance
1x Archimedes apparatus comprising displacement
> Measuring atmospheric pressure using an aneroid barometer vessel, machined bucket & matching cylinder
Description 1x 50 ml density bottle
1x 250 ml plastic measuring cylinder
A clear understanding about the physical properties of 1x 600 ml glass beaker
fluids is essential before studying the behaviour of fluids in 1x Dual scale lever balance, adapted for use with
static or dynamic applications. Archimedes apparatus
This apparatus introduces students to the following Does not require Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
properties of fluids:
Density and relative density (specific gravity)
Capillarity – capillary elevation between flat plates and
in circular tubes
Buoyancy (Archimedes principle)
Atmospheric pressure
The apparatus consists of a collection of components that
demonstrate individual fluid properties. The components
are stored on a common support frame manufactured
from PVC with circular spirit level and adjustable feet for
levelling. The apparatus is designed to stand on a suitable
bench top where some of the components can be operated
independent from the support frame.
A freestanding dual scale lever balance is also supplied to
support several of the demonstrations.
© Armfield Ltd. 2010


The Pascal’s apparatus provides a simple

demonstration that the pressure in an
incompressible fluid varies with depth and does Overall dimensions:
not depend on the shape of the container. Height: 500 mm
Depth: 156 mm
 emonstrating that the pressure in a liquid contained in
a vessel varies with depth is not affected by the shape Parallel vessel: 26 mm inside diameter
of the vessel by comparing three different vessels Conical vessel: 26 mm to 101 mm inside diameter at top
Tapered vessel 26 mm to 9 mm inside diameter at top
Diameter at diaphragm: 56 mm
This apparatus, designed to demonstrate Pascal’s principle, Maximum depth of water: 228 mm (to top of vessels)
consists of a machined body incorporating a horizontal Does not require Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
flexible diaphragm to which one of three alternative glass
vessels can be fitted. The diameter at the base of each
vessel is common but the shape of each vessel varies; one
parallel sided, one conical and one tapering inwards.
The diaphragm, located at the base of the vessel, conveys
the force from the water inside the vessel to a lever arm
with a sliding counterweight. A spirit level indicates when
the lever arm is horizontal and therefore balancing the
force / pressure at the base of the vessel. The force on
the diaphragm depends on the depth of water above the
diaphragm and the area of the diaphragm that is constant
for all three vessels.
A height adjustable pointer allows each of the vessels to be filled
to the same depth so that the force / pressure can be shown to
be common for all three vessels, independent of shape.
Requires F1-10
© Armfield Ltd. 2010

© Armfield Ltd. 2010

F1-32 Turbine detail


This demonstration turbine provides a simple low cost

introduction to the Francis inward flow reaction turbine
showing its construction, operation and performance. Overall dimensions:
Width: 340 mm excluding connections
 etermining the operating characteristics, i.e. Depth: 340 mm
power, efficiency and torque, of a Francis Turbine
at various speeds and guide vane openings Speed range: 0 to 1000 RPM
Diameter of Francis runner: 60 mm
Number of blades on runner: 12
A tapering, spiral shaped volute conveys water to the runner
Number of guide vanes: 6, adjustable from fully
via a ring of guide vanes that are adjustable in angle to vary the
flow through the turbine. Water enters the runner tangentially open to fully closed
at the periphery, flows radially inwards through the blades Range of spring balances: 0 to 10 N x 0.1 N
towards the hub then exits axially via a draft tube. Range of Bourdon gauge: 0 to 2 bar
Power generated by the turbine is absorbed by a Prony Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
friction brake consisting of a pair of spring balances attached
to a brake belt that is wrapped around a pulley wheel driven
by the runner. The load on the turbine is varied by tensioning
both spring balances which increases the friction on the pulley
wheel. Brake force is determined from the difference in the
readings on the two spring balances and the torque calculated
from the product of this force and the pulley radius.
The head of water entering the turbine is indicated on a
Bourdon gauge and the speed of rotation is measured using a
non-contacting tachometer (not supplied).
The volute of the Francis turbine incorporates a transparent
front cover for clear visualisation of the runner and guide vanes
and is designed to complement the F1-25 Pelton turbine.
Requires F1-10
© Armfield Ltd. 2010 © Armfield Ltd. 2010

Sharp Crested Weir Broad Crested Weir

© Armfield Ltd. 2010

© Armfield Ltd. 2010 © Armfield Ltd. 2010

C4-MKII Multi-purpose Teaching Flume

(shown with F1-10 Hydraulics Bench)

Crump Weir Venturi Flume

C4-MKII Multi-purpose Teaching Flume

The Armfield Multi-purpose Teaching Flume has been The flume is designed for use with a standard Armfield
specifically designed to demonstrate the principles of F1-10 Hydraulics Bench, which provides the pumped water
fluid mechanics when applied to engineering structures flow, the flow control valve and a volumetric tank for flow
in open channel flow. measurement.
Also available is an optional flowmeter which can be fitted to
EXPERIMENTAL CAPABILITIES the C4-MkII to allow direct flow measurements to be taken.
> Use of hook and point gauges to measure water level Optional educational software is available (C4-MKII-301)
offering a complete teaching package of coursework. The
>Use of a Pitot-static tube to measure flowrate (using student manually enters data in the software, which can then
optional C4-61) be used for calculations, data processing and graph plotting.
 earning how to apply force-momentum and steady Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
flow energy equations to simple flow situations
 nderstanding the relationship between water level TECHNICAL DETAILS
above the crest of a weir and flowrate over the weir
Overall Dimensions:
 sing hydraulic structures to control level, e.g. syphon
spillways C4-MkII-2.5 C4-MkII-5.0
Length 2.91m Length 5.41m
 nderstanding sub-and super-critical flow and the under-
Width 0.62m Width 0.62m
lying characteristics of standing waves
Height 1.46m Height 1.46m
> Hydraulic jump Channel Dimensions: Width 76mm
> Using hydraulic structures for control of flow e.g. sluice gate Height 250mm
> Applying and understanding Manning’s formula Channel slope: Adustable between -1% and +3%
> Measurement of velocity profiles (using optional C4-61)
Models and gauges supplied:
> Waves (using optional C4-67)
• Venturi flume
Description • Sharp and broad crested weirs
• Crump weir
The C4MkII is a small open channel flume, available in 2.5m • Adjustable undershot weir
or 5.0m lengths, with clear acrylic sides to the working
• 2 Vernier level gauges (Hook and point gauges)
section for total visibility of the flow.
The channel is fitted with a PVC inlet tank, and is designed Optional models available:
for free discharge into the Hydraulics Bench. The flume is
mounted on a rigid framework, and can be tilted by use C4-61: Pitot tube and manometer
of a calibrated screwjack, which allows accurate slope C4-62: Culvert fitting, one edge square, one rounded
adjustment of the channel. C4-63: Flow splitters;
The inlet tank incorporates a stilling arrangement to diffuse central wall with various nose pieces
the water flow prior to entry into the channel, ensuring C4-64: Free overflow spillway section complete
smooth uniform flow. The level in the working section of the with ski jump, sloping apron and blended
flume is controlled using an overshot weir (stop logs) at the reverse curvature attachments
discharge end. C4-65: Syphon spillway and air regulated syphon
Bed pressure tappings and fixing points for models are C4-66: Model radial gate
provided. A longitudinal scale positioned at the top of the C4-67: Wave generator and wave absorbing beach
channel allows depth gauges and Pitot-static tubes to be C4-68: False floor sections for gradually varied profiles
accurately positioned along the channel length. C4-69: Artificially roughened bed 2.5m long section
(2 required for a 5m flume)
Requires F1-10
© Armfield Ltd. 2010 © Armfield Ltd. 2010

Syphon Spillway C4-65 Adjustable Undershot Weir (supplied)

© Armfield Ltd. 2010

© Armfield Ltd. 2010 © Armfield Ltd. 2010

C6MkII-10 Fluid Friction Apparatus

Air-Regulated Syphon C4-65 Radial Gate C4-66

C6-MKII-10 Fluid Friction Apparatus

The Armfield Fluid Friction Measurements unit provides

facilities for the detailed study of fluid friction head losses
C4-MkII-2.5-10 Multi-purpose Flume, 2.5m long, which occur when an incompressible fluid flows through
with basic accessories pipes, fittings and flow metering devices.

C4-MkII-5.0-10 Multi-purpose Flume, 5m long, INSTRUCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

with basic accessories >C  onfirming the relationship between head loss due
C4-MkII-2.5-11 Multi-purpose Flume, 2.5m to fluid friction and velocity for flow of water
long, with basic accessories and flowmeter > Determining the head loss associated with flow
through a variety of standard pipe fittings
C4-MkII-5.0-11 Multi-purpose Flume, 5m long, with > Determining the relationship between pipe
basic accessories and flowmeter friction coefficients and Reynolds’ number for
C4-MkII-301 Educational Software flow through a pipe with roughened bore
> Demonstrating the application of differential head
devices in the measurement of flow rate and velocity
> Providing practical training of pressure
measurement techniques
> Enhancing understanding of the hydraulic
principles involved through the use of
complementary computer software


C4-67 The unit consists of a tubular steel framework which

Wave generator and *wave absorbing beach supports the network of pipes and fittings for test.
(*not shown)
Pipe friction experiments are carried out using four smooth
pipes of different diameters, plus one roughened pipe. Short
samples of each size test pipe are provided loose so that the
students can measure the exact diameter and determine
the nature of the internal finish. A system of isolating valves
is provided whereby the pipe to be tested can be selected
without disconnecting or draining the system.
A selection of pipe fittings and valves are fitted around the
network and are fitted with pressure tappings.
Free overflow spillway section complete with A clear acrylic pipe section incorporates a Venturi, orifice
ski jump, sloping apron and blended reverse plate and Pitot tube. Pressure tappings are fitted with quick
curvature attachments
action self-sealing connections. Probe attachments are
provided with tubing so that any pair of pressure tappings
can be rapidly connected to appropriate instrumentation,
eg. a manometer*, hand-held pressure meter or C6-50 Data
logging accessory.
© Armfield Ltd. 2010

See ordering specification at the back of this data sheet for

fittings details.
*Ask for data sheet H Series: Hydraulic Measurement
Instruments or view online:
C4-69 C4-61
Artificially roughened bed Pitot tube and *manometer
(*manometer not shown)
Requires F1-10
© Armfield Ltd. 2010
C7MkII shown with F1-10

Overall Dimensions: Height: 1.10m This freestanding accessory to the F1-10 clearly
Width: 2.25m demonstrates the difference between the phenomena of
Depth: 0.50m pipe surge and water hammer and how each is created.
Test Pipe Diameters: 19.1mm O.D. x 17.2mm I.D.
12.7mm O.D. x 10.9mm I.D.
9.5mm O.D. x 7.7mm I.D. >D
 emonstration of pipe surge resulting from slow decel-
6.4mm O.D. x 4.5mm I.D. eration of flow in a pipe
Roughened pipe: 19.1mm O.D. x 15.2mm I.D. >D
 etermination of the oscillatory characteristics of a surge
Test Pipe Length: 1000mm shaft used to attenuate pipe surge
Number of tapping points: 37
 easuring the pressure profile characteristics
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10 associated with water hammer associated
with rapid deceleration of flow in a pipe
 omparison between theoretical and measured
pressure profiles associated with water hammer
Manual Data Acquisition
 etermination of the velocity of sound through a fluid in
In order to complete the full range of experiments possible
an elastic pipe
with the C6MkII, it is necessary to measure pressures
over a greater range than a single instrument can provide. Description
Armfield recommend the use of a water manometer for the
low pressure measurements and an electronic pressure The equipment is freestanding and comprises two stainless
meter for the high pressure measurements. steel test pipes connected to a constant head tank with the
Order codes: necessary connections to an F1-10 Hydraulics Bench.
H12-2: One metre pressurised water manometer Pipe surge demonstrations are conducted using the first
H12-8: Hand held digital pressure meter test pipe which incorporates a transparent surge shaft and
lever operated valve at the discharge end. An additional
Also available for use with manual data aquisition
valve downstream allows the flow through the test pipe to
instruments is a software package which performs all the
be varied before closing the lever operated valve. A scale
neccessary calculations from readings entered manually.
on the surge shaft allows the low speed transients in water
Order code:C6-301: Educational software (manual data entry) level to be measured.
C6-50: Data logging accessory Water hammer demonstrations are conducted using the
The C6-50 is a small data logging unit which allows the second test pipe which incorporates a fast acting valve at
recording of data to a suitable PC (not supplied). The unit the discharge end. An additional valve downstream allows
comprises an interface device with USB port and cable, a the flow through the test pipe to be varied before closing the
turbine type flowmeter complete with associated pipework, fast acting valve. The unique fast acting valve, specifically
and two independent pressure sensors with quick release designed by Armfield, allows water hammer to be generated
fittings. The unit is supplied with software which runs in a relatively short length of straight pipe because of the
under Windows. extremely short closure time achieved using a trigger
The software features real-time data display on a 'mimic actuator.
diagram' of the apparatus, tabular and graphical display Tappings incorporating electronic pressure sensors are
of logged data and calculated parameters, plus full located in the test pipe adjacent to the fast acting valve
educational help texts detailing operational procedures and half way along the test pipe. These sensors measure
and practical exercises. the high speed pressure transients inside the pipe as the
*Note: water hammer travels backwards and forwards along the
The electrical sensors supplied with the C6-50 have been selected to test pipe. The time delay between the sensors can be used
measure over the full range of the C6 pressures and flowrates. However, in
order to obtain accurate results at very low flows or differential pressures,
to determine the speed of sound through the water that is
it may be necessary to use a volumetric flow measurement method and/or attenuated by the elasticity of the metal pipe wall.
a pressurised water manometer.
Requires F1-10
© Armfield Ltd. 2010

C11MkII shown with F1-10


The pressure sensors are connected to a conditioning unit This freestanding accessory to the F1-10 demonstrates
with USB connection for direct connection to a PC. The the characteristics of flow through different
transient pressure waves can be analysed on the PC (not arrangements of pipes and the effect of changes in pipe
supplied) using the software supplied. The pressure sensors diameter on the flow through a particular network.
are powered from the USB port on the PC so no additional
power supply is necessary. MEASUREMENT CAPABILITIES

TECHNICAL DETAILS >M  easurement of head loss versus

discharge for different sizes of pipes
Overall dimensions: > Characteristics of flow through
Height: 1.865 m interconnected pipes of different sizes
Length: 3.575 m > Characteristics of flow through parallel pipe networks
Depth: 0.725 m > Characteristics of flow through series pipe networks
> Application of doubling pipes on existing
Test pipes: Stainless steel, 20.2 mm inside networks to increase flowrate
diameter, nominally 3 m long > Characteristics of flow around a ring main and
the effect of changes in supplies and off-takes
Surge shaft Clear acrylic, 40 mm inside
diameter, 800 mm high Description

Head tank: PVC, capacity 45 litres The permanent arrangement of PVC pipes and fittings is
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
mounted on a freestanding support frame that is designed
to stand alongside an F1-10 Hydraulics Bench in use.
Connection to the F1-10 is via a reinforced flexible tube and
threaded union with ‘O’ ring seal allowing connection to the
F1-10 without the use of tools.
Isolating valves allow a wide range of different series,
parallel and mixed pipe configurations to be created without
draining the system. Flow into the network and flow out
from the network at each outlet can be individually varied to
change the characteristics of the system.
All clear acrylic test pipes are installed using threaded
unions with ‘O’ ring seals that allow the pipes with different
diameters to be repositioned without the use of tools.
Self-sealing quick release fittings at strategic points in the
network allow rapid connection of the digital hand-held
pressure meter, allowing appropriate differential pressures
to be measured. Flow leaving any of the outlets in the network
is measured using the volumetric facility incorporated on
the F1-10 Hydraulics Bench.

Overall dimensions:
Height: 1.380m Width: 0.785m Depth: 0.656m
Length of pipes: 0.7 m
Inside diameter of pipes: 14mm (1x) 10mm (1x)
9mm (2x) 6mm (1x)
Differential pressure measurement: Digital pressure meter
Requires Hydraulics Bench Service unit F1-10
Requires F1-10
© Armfield Ltd. 2010
© Armfield Ltd. 2010

S16 configured as an open channel showing the hydraulic jump

S16 configured as an open channel showing flow over an elevated section of the downstream of an undershot weir where energy is dissipated in
bed with a hydraulic jump forming on the downstream slope. Shown with F1-10 the change from shallow super-critical flow to deeper sub-critical flow.

S16 Hydraulic Flow Demonstrator

The S16 operates as an accessory to the F1-10 Hydraulics

Bench, offering a highly visual demonstration of flow
through both open channels and close conduits. Includes The flow channel of the S16 Hydraulic Flow Demonstrator is
a unique elevating bed section, and models of various constructed using clear acrylic for visibility and is supported by
hydraulic structures. a floor-standing, metal frame fitted with castors for mobility.
Demonstration CAPABILITIES The flow channel consists of an inlet tank with overflow and
flow stilling arrangement, a rectangular working section and a
The Armfield S16 Hydraulic Flow Demonstrator simply discharge tank.
connects to a standard F1-10 Hydraulics Bench to permit the Control valves and adjustable weirs allow the flow conditions
study of the following basic aspects of fluid flow: to be varied independently at the entry to and exit from the
working section. The working section can be flooded to create
Closed conduit flow
a closed conduit or operate partially filled as an open channel.
>A  pplication of the Bernoulli and Continuity The most important feature of this equipment is the
equations to converging and diverging flow adjustable section of the bed which, together with its
> Effect of gradual and sudden changes in cross section transition section (ramps), may be raised and lowered using
(energy losses) an external actuator while the water is still flowing. This
> Using a contraction as a flow measuring device facility affords a striking demonstration of the significance
> Using a Pitot tube to measure velocity / velocity profile of channel critical depth. It is also used to vary the cross
> Flow through a Culvert section for demonstration of the Bernoulli equation in closed
conduit flow.
Open channel flow
A removable panel in the roof of the working section allows
> Flow beneath an Undershot Weir (Sluice Gate) models of typical hydraulic structures to be installed,
> Flow over Sharp Crested, Broad Crested and Ogee Weirs namely; a Sharp crested weir, Broad crested weir (also used
Using hydraulic structures to measure flow in an to create a Culvert) and Ogee weir.
open channel Pitot tubes and tappings connected to a multi-tube
Effect of changes in upstream and manometer allow Total and Static heads to be measured
downstream water level and compared at three locations in the working section.
Characteristics of Clinging, Aerated, The height of the Pitot tubes is adjustable allowing the
Depressed and Drowned Nappes velocity profile to be determined at any position between
> Sub-critical, Critical and Super-critical flow/depth the bed and the roof of the working section. Transparent
scales allow all important heights and levels to be measured
Changes in Specific Energy and control
throughout the working section.
imposed by the minimum energy condition
The S16 Hydraulic Flow Demonstrator is designed to be
> Characteristics of Hydraulic Jumps
used in conjunction with an Armfield F1-10 Hydraulics
Force and energy conditions in a Hydraulic Jump Bench, which provides a re-circulating water supply and a
Flow patterns associated with Hydraulic Jumps volumetric measuring facility.The Flow Demonstrator can be
Flow over Drop Structures / Energy Dissipation used with an independent water supply of up to 1.6 litres/
> Changes in flow profile in relation to the Froude Number sec provided that water discharging from the channel can
(predicting flow conditions in an open channel) be intercepted.
> Observation of flow patterns associated An optional direct reading flowmeter is available that allows
with flow around hydraulic structures rapid adjustment to the required flow conditions.
> Velocity of gravity waves in shallow water/
Formation of surface waves near critical depth
> Project work Evaluation of user constructed
hydraulic structures
ORDERING SPECIFICATIONS - F1-10 and accessories
F1-10 Hydraulics Bench
• Mobile, floor standing service unit
for fluid mechanics apparatus
• Base constructed from robust, corrosion
resistant plastic moulding
• Top constructed from glass reinforced plastic
• Sump tank capacity 250 litres
• Volumetric flow measurement via remote sight gauge
© Armfield Ltd. 2010 • Stepped tank for low and high flowrates.
Capacities 0-6 and 0-40 litres
• Open channel in bench top with
Surface oscillations downstream of a broad quick release outlet fitting
crested weir when the weir becomes drowned
• Self priming centrifugal circulating pump
provides water at 21m head at no flow, and
S16 - continued a maximum flow of 60 litres per minute
F1-11 Dead Weight Calibrator
TECHNICAL DETAILS • Precision machined piston and
cylinder with levelling screws
Width of working section 77mm • Bourdon gauge with inlet and outlet valves
Depth of working section 150mm • Set of weights
Length of working section 1100mm • Educational Software available as an option
Maximum operating flowrate 1.6 litres/sec F1-12 Hydrostatic Pressure
Ordering DETAILS
• Flotation tank with adjustable feet
• Accurately formed plastic quadrant
S16-10 Hydraulic Flow Demonstrator • Lever arm with counterbalance and weight hanger
S16-11 Hydraulic Flow Demonstrator • Educational Software available as an option
with direct reading flowmeter F1-13 Flow Over Weirs
Overall Dimensions
• Two stainless steel weir plates to fit in channel of
hydraulics Bench
Length 2.20m • Vernier hook and point gauge with carrier
Width 0.63m • Stilling baffle
Height 1.60m • Educational Software available as an option
Weight (dry) 100kg F1-14 Metacentric Height
• Rectangular floating pontoon with mast
Shipping Specification • Variable centre of gravity via movable
Gross weight 250kg
weights (transverse and vertical)
• Clinometer indicates angle of heel
Volume 3.4m3
• Educational Software available as an option
F1-15 Bernoulli’s Theorem Demonstration
• Venturi section machined from clear acrylic
• Seven static pressure tappings plus
© Armfield Ltd. 2010 © Armfield Ltd. 2010 a total head measurement
• Flow control valve
• Manometer board with eight tubes
• Quick release fitting for easy
connection to hydraulics bench
• Educational Software available as an option
F1-16 Impact of a Jet
Flow over a Sharp Crested Weir Smooth flow over an Ogee Weir. • Discharge nozzle inside clear acrylic cylinder
with the nappe ventilated. • Four different target plates which fit
onto a balance mechanism
• Quick release fitting for easy
connection to hydraulics bench
• Educational Software available as an option
F1-17 Orifice and Free Jet Flow
• Constant head tank with two
interchangeable orifices
• Quick release fitting for easy
connection to hydraulics bench
• Jet trajectory measured and plotted
using adjustable pointers
• Educational Software available as an option
F1-17a Orifice Discharge F1-24 Hydraulic Ram Pump
• Cylindrical clear acrylic tank with orifice • Pump body manufactured from clear acrylic with
fitted in base stainless steel pulse and non-return valves
• Five interchangeable orifices • Adjustable acrylic header tank with
• Pitot tube and wire on micrometer to inlet and outlet hoses
measure jet velocity and diameter • Outlet hose with variable head arrangement
• Quick release fitting for easy • Quick release fitting for easy
connection to hydraulics bench connection to hydraulics bench
• Educational Software available as an option • Supplied with weights to load pulse valve
• Educational Software available as an option
F1-18 Energy Losses in Pipes
• Vertical test pipe with pressure tappings at F1-25 Pelton Turbine
entry and exit • Turbine wheel inside cast housing with
• Feed either direct from hydraulics bench or from acrylic panel to allow viewing
constant head tank • Mechanical torque measured using
• Water and mercury manometers supplied as standard dynamometer with spring balances
• Quick release fitting for easy • Inlet pressure gauge
connection to hydraulics bench • Quick release fitting for easy
• Educational Software available as an option connection to hydraulics bench
• Educational Software available as an option
F1-19 Flow Channel
• Clear acrylic working section fed from stilling tank F1-26 Series/Parallel Pumps
• Six different models for investigation • Fixed speed pump with similar performance
• Dye injection system characteristics to pump in Hydraulics Bench
• Quick release fitting for easy connection to
hydraulics bench • Mounted on floor standing plinth with ON/OFF switch
• Educational Software available as an option • Discharge manifold with flow control
valve and pressure gauges
F1-20 Osborne Reynolds’ Demonstration • All hoses and fittings supplied for easy
• Vertical test section fed from header connection to hydraulics bench in either
tank with stilling media
• Bellmouth entry to promote smooth series or parallel configuration
flow into the test section • Educational Software available as an option
• Dye injection system allows flow visualisation
F1-27 Centrifugal Pumps Characteristics
• Quick release fitting for easy
connection to hydraulics bench • Variable speed pump with similar performance
• Educational Software available as an option characteristics to pump in Hydraulics Bench
• Mounted on floor standing plinth with
F1-21 Flow Meter Demonstration variable speed inverter drive
• Venturi meter, variable area meter and
orifice plate with flow control valve • Discharge manifold with flow control
• Pressure tappings to measure head loss valve and pressure gauges
across each meter • All hoses and fittings supplied for easy
• Supplied with manometer board with eight tubes connection to hydraulics bench in either
• Quick release fitting for easy series or parallel configuration
connection to hydraulics bench • Educational Software available as an option
• Educational Software available as an option
F1-28 Cavitation Demonstration
F1-22 Energy Losses in Bends and Fittings
• Circuit with four bends of different radii • Circular Venturi-shaped test section manufactured
• Enlargement, contraction and gate from clear acrylic for full visualisation of cavitation
valve, plus flow control valve • Three Bourdon gauges indicate the static pressure
• Manometer board with 12 tubes plus upstream of the contraction, inside the throat and
differential pressure gauge downstream of the expansion in the test section
• Hand pump for pressurization • Flow control valves upstream and downstream
of manometers of the test section allow flow conditions to be
• Quick release fitting for easy optimised for the demonstration of Cavitation
connection to hydraulics bench • Quick release fitting for easy
• Educational Software available as an option connection to hydraulics bench
F1-23 Free and Forced Vortices • Educational Software available as an option
• Cylindrical vessel with four inlet/outlet ports
to generate free and forced vortices
• Three interchangeable orifices and
paddle wheel to fit in base of tank
• Measuring bridge with adjustable pointers and
internal caliper to measure vortex dimensions
• Pitot tubes for estimation of velocities in vortex
• Quick release fittings for easy
connection to hydraulics bench
• Educational Software available as an option
• Demonstrates the basic principles of hydrostatics • Francis runner surrounded by 6 guide
and manometry vanes inside PVC volute with clear
• Includes vertical tube with variable cross section, acrylic front panel for visualisation
Scale length 460 mm • Guide vanes adjustable when turbine is
• Includes demonstrations of the following types running with scale to indicate degree of
of manometer: opening and clamp to prevent movement
Single piezometer manometer • Francis runner 60 mm diameter with 12 blades
tube, Scale length 460 mm • Brake force determined using Prony
Inclined manometer with inclinations type brake dynamometer
of 5°, 30°, 60° and 90° (vertical) • Inlet pressure gauge with range 0 to 2 bar
Enlarged limb-manometer • Educational software as an option
‘U’ tube manometer (air over
C4-MKII Multi-purpose Teaching Flume
liquid), Scale length 460 mm
• A 76mm wide, 250mm high open channel
‘U’ tube manometer (liquid over
for use with a Hydraulics Bench
liquid), Scale length 460 mm
• Available in 2.5m and 5.0m working section lengths
Inverted pressurized ‘U’ tube
manometer, Scale length 460 mm • Clear acrylic sides to give visibility of the working
• Level measurement using Vernier hook and point
gauge, Range 0 to 150 mm with 0.1 mm resolution • A jacking system permits the slope of the channel
bed to be adjusted between -1% and +3%
• Allows the effect of friction to be
demonstrated when fluid is in motion • Inlet tank with flow stilling arrangement
• Includes a Venturi, sharp and broad crested
F1-30 FLUID PROPERTIES weirs, 2 vernier level gauges, adjustable
• Components stored on support frame undershot weir and crump weir
manufactured from PVC • Wide range of other models available as accessories
• 2x Hydrometer jars 50 mm diameter and 450 mm high • Optional flowmeter
• Universal hydrometer with varying resolution • Comprehensive instruction manual
of 0.01 at 0.70 SG to 0.5 at 2.00 SG • Educational software available as an option
• 2x Falling sphere viscometer tubes 40
mm diameter with calibration marks at
0, 25, 100, 175, 200 and 220 mm
• Steel spheres 1.588, 2.381 and 3.175 mm diameter
• Spirit filled thermometer glass, Range -10° to 50° C
• Aneroid barometer, Range 910 to 1060 mbar
• 6x Capillary tubes 150 mm long with 0.4,
0.6, 0.8, 1.2, 1.7 and 2.2 mm bore
• Density bottle (pycnometer), Capacity 50 ml
• Dual scale lever balance, Ranges 0 to 250
gms x 1gm and 0 to 1 kg x 10 gms
• Lever arm with sliding weight and spirit level
measures force at the base of the vessel
• Three alternative glass vessels supplied:
Parallel sided, Conical and Tapering
• Flexible diaphragm retained by ‘O’
ring for ease of replacement
• Height adjustable pointer allows all vessels
to be filled to a common depth
C6-MKII-10 Fluid Friction Apparatus C11-MKII PIPE NETWORKS
• Tubular steel framework supporting a network of • Specifically designed to allow the setting up of a
pipes and fittings wide range of different pipe arrays (networks)
• Four smooth-bore test pipes of different diameters • Pipe network mounted on freestanding support
ranging from 4.5mm I.D. to 17.2mm I.D., plus frame for use alongside an F1-10 Hydraulics Bench
roughened pipe • Clear acrylic test pipes are all 0.7 m long with inside
• Large selection of valves, bends and fittings for test: diameters of 1x 6mm, 2x 9mm, 1x 10mm, 1x 14mm
- artificially roughened pipe • Differential pressure measurements obtained using a
- 90° bends (large & small radii) hand-held electronic pressure meter with self-sealing
- 90° elbow quick-release connections to the pipe network
- 90° mitre • Flows into and out from the appropriate network can
- 45° elbow, 45° Y, 90° T be varied individually
- sudden enlargement • Educational software as an option
- sudden contraction
- gate valve S16 Hydraulic Flow Demonstrator
- globe valve • A floor standing flow channel for use with a
- ball valve Hydraulics Bench
- inline strainer • Working section 77mm wide, 150mm high and
1100mm long
- clear acrylic Venturi
• Can be configured to demonstrate flow in
- clear acrylic orifice meter
open channels and closed conduits
- clear acrylic pipe section with a Pitot tube & static tapping
• Clear acrylic sides for good visibility
• Acrylic pipe section with Venturi, orifice plate and of flow patterns created
pitot tube • Stilling arrangement at inlet to promote
• 37 tapping points for head loss measurement smooth flow into the working section
• Supplied with fittings for easy connection • Section of bed can be elevated continuously
to hydraulics bench (no tools required) and locked at the required height
• Various instrumentation options available • Discharge tank incorporates flow control
including water, mercury or digital manometers valve for convenience in setting up
• Educational Software available as an option • Total and static heads indicated on multi-tube
• Data logging accessory available, comprising manometer connected to Pitot tubes and static
turbine flow meter, two pressure sensors and tappings at three locations in working section
USB interface, plus data logging software • Pitot tubes mounted through bed of channel for ease
• Optional Data logging accessory, comprises of priming and height adjustment (can be traversed
two electronic pressure sensors, electronic from floor to roof to measure velocity profile)
flow sensor, signal conditioning USB interface • Transparent scales allow measurement
and software on CD-ROM allowing logging of all important heights and levels
of measured variables using a PC. • Models of hydraulic structures supplied include
Undershot Weir (Sluice gate) at the inlet, Overshot
C7-MKII PIPE SURGE AND WATER HAMMER APPARATUS Weir at the outlet, Sharp Crested Weir, Broad Crested
• A freestanding unit designed to demonstrate the Weir (also used to create a Culvert) and Ogee Weir
phenomena of pipe surge and water hammer • Suitable for project work with alternative
when connected to a Hydraulics Bench hydraulic structures (user created)
• Includes two separate stainless steel test pipes, both • Optional direct reading flowmeter to
3m long, constant head tank, slow acting valve, fast aid setting up of demonstrations
acting valve etc • Comprehensive instruction manual supplied
• A transparent surge shaft (40 mm diameter and
800mm high) with scale allows transient water levels
to be observed and timed
• Electronic sensors used to measure pressure
transients at two locations in the water hammer
test pipe, one adjacent to fast acting valve
and one half way along the test pipe.
• Pressure transients monitored using a PC (not
supplied) using a USB connection from the pressure
transducers (requires no external electrical supply)
• Straight metal pipes used, rather than
a coiled arrangement, to minimize
distortion to the pressure profile

F1-301 Armsoft Fluid Mechanics Software Data input screen

Educational software, specifically developed for the Armfield

Hydraulics Bench and associated accessories, offering a
complete teaching package of coursework and laboratory This advanced educational software contains a number
investigation. The familiar Windows environment allows the of unique features aimed at enhancing the student’s
student to explore the principles of each accessory quickly understanding of the subjects being studied.
and easily, enabling comparison of theory and practical
measurements, thus providing a good understanding of the These features include:
principles involved. > Presentation screens provide details on how to use the
software, the theory behind the investigations,
The software has been designed for maximum flexibility how to set up the equipment, etc.
and ease of use. Comprehensive Help screens guide the > Presentations are backed up by comprehensive
student through both the theoretical background and the Help screens providing more detail and
practical investigation of the equipment in question. All additional background material
the information required to set up and run the experiment > A mimic diagram of the equipment is provided.
is included in the software, together with suggested The user enters the measured values into
laboratory investigations and further questions for the the relevant positions on the diagram
student to answer. > The user can add written notes which are recorded
with the logged data in the appropriate time slot
> Results can be displayed graphically, or in tabular format
>R  educes lecturer and technician support time in the > Full control is provided over the displayed graphs,
laboratory by leading the student logically through the including scaling, axes and which variables are displayed
use of the equipment and the experimental procedures > The data is exportable to general purpose
> Can be used outside the laboratory to familiarise the spreadsheets or word processors as applicable
student with the equipment and procedures, prior to
performing the practical training exercise
> Reinforces understanding of the theoretical Software covering the full range of accessories is
concepts involved available on a single CD-ROM, order code F1-CD-301.
> Reinforces understanding of practical concepts such as
taking readings, experimental errors, units of COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS
measurement etc.
PC running Windows 98, or later.
> Eliminates the need for repetitive calculations but still
requires the student to demonstrate understanding of the
mathematical processes used
> Allows the student to process all results during the
laboratory session, thus giving immediate feedback
on the success or otherwise of the investigation
whilst still having access to the equipment

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