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Coastal Engineering Lab

Built in the late 1960s, the 1750m2 Queen's Coastal Engineering Laboratory (QCEL), operated by the Department of Civil Engineering, is the largest hydraulics laboratory in Canada. Located at the West Campus, it houses three 45m long wave flumes, a large wave basin, three river simulator flumes, a rotating fluids table, 20m3 landslide flume and two other water channels. In mid-2014, the QCEL became home to the new Queen's River and Estuarine Morphodynamics Research Facility (Q-RIVEST).


The QCEL is a state-of-the-art facility for fundamental and applied research as well as teaching in a broad range of water areas, and especially in the fields of River Engineering, Lake Dynamics, Coastal Engineering, Water Supply Systems, and Landslides. Examples of natural phenomena presently being investigated at the QCEL include formation of dunes and bars under unidirectional (river) flows, erosion of steep coastal shorelines, internal waves, turbulence and mixing in density stratified flows (lakes and oceans), and generation of tsunamis by landslides.