Physical Modeling

Scaled Physical Models for Testing and Evaluation of Fluid Flow Processes

Scaled physical models have been widely used for decades to evaluate design and operational issues associated with complex flow systems. When scaled properly, physical models faithfully replicate the physics of the flow and accurately simulate the performance of the prototype system. 

When properly conducted, a physical model study is a reliable method for studying flow patterns, pressure losses, constituent transport and reaction rates, forces on structures and other phenomena of interest for a given design—a useful tool that can be used to derive modifications which lead to acceptable designs or design improvements.

Physical modeling is especially important for pump station designs that need to achieve satisfactory hydraulic performance based on the Hydraulic Institute Standards for Pump Intake Design, ANSI/HI 9.8-2018 and Pump Piping ANSI/HI 9.6.6-2016 acceptance criteria. 

Our expert engineers have decades of experience choosing the best modeling approach to reliably solve your most challenging flow problems.