Test facilities


 BECASSINE facility

The BECASSINE facility, allows to investigate flow characteristics of different test sections, covering both single phase and cavitating flow conditions. The flow rate and operating pressure is controlled with a variable speed motor connected to the pump. Temperature of water is recorded in the calming reservoirs. It can be used to characterize valves and orifices; visualizations are possible if the valve to be tested is transparent.



The CHyCAgO facility allows experimental studies of stirring tank flows. The facility is described as a cylindrical tank with flat bottom, three baffles, and a central shaft allowing mixing through two types of turbines: 4-blades paddle (90°) and 4-blades pitched paddle (45°). The facility can produce agitated flows with a rotating speed range fom 3 to 600 rpm. The facility is fully transparent to allow optical access and use of optical measurement techniques like stereo-PIV. A stereo calibration system for both horizontal and vertical planes is available.