Hydraulics laboratory

Hydraulic physical scale models are an incomparable resource when it comes to analysing and discussing the most complex development projects.

Scale models have evolved considerably and remain unquestionably a state-of-the-art complement to mathematical models and irreplaceable at all stages of a project. They help to find and validate technical solutions in complex configurations, are a source of savings, a guarantee of safety and an invaluable aid in communication and consultation.

A 10,000 m2 hydraulics laboratory

Artelia operates a 10,000 m2 hydraulics laboratory in the outskirts of Grenoble, where the following subjects are studied:

  • coastal and estuarine development and environments
  • port infrastructure development
  • maritime structure stability
  • port access channels
  • ship stability at berth
  • river development and environment
  • torrent risk management
  • infrastructure crossing flood plains
  • hydraulic sizing of dams
  • water intakes, pumping stations, complex structures on sewerage networks
  • forces on structures
  • subsurface flows and polluted soil containment.


The hydraulics laboratory, which has ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, is also able to provide the following services:

  • assistance in building and operating models in other laboratories
  • technical inspections and quality audits
  • rental of wave flumes and tanks
  • provision or rental of equipment (sensors, tide generators, bathymetric survey equipment, etc.)
  • rental of models (breakwater protection blocks, etc.).
aménagement et environnement littoral et estuarien

franchissement des plaines d'inondation

dimension hydraulique des barrages

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