Friday October 21, 2011

We have been working with the U.S. Forest Service to test a new resistivity fish counter devise. In order to conduct laboratory trials we are constructing a flume, which is a fish tank resembling a racetrack. A flume is basically an artificial channel used to circulate water and simulate flowing water conditions.

This is the first in a series of blog posts documenting the fabrication of the flume, which will surely get a lot of use in our wet-lab facilities. We started with an idea, drew a few detailed schematics, purchased some materials, and started hammering away. We started with a sturdy floor in order to make the tank portable. Then we framed the walls, forming the 0 shape of the flume. At the moment, we’re covering the walls to make a smooth foundation for the fiberglass coating. Watch for progress updates in the following weeks.

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