The CITEEC of the University of A Coruña (UDC) opens up a new laboratory with the participation of MISTURAS
The Technological Innovation Center on Construction and Civil Engineering (CITEEC) of the University of A Coruña (UDC) has opened up a new laboratory for hydrological studies at the University Campus of Elviña (A Coruña). The new facilities, built with the participation of MISTURAS, have a prototype that represents a street section in real size, with sidewalks and road surface, located on a raised structure and equipped with a rainfall simulator created with droppers. This street section also has gutters, drains and a sanitation system for surface run-off, which allows for the study of real-scale urban drainage systems. The draining properties of the road surface in the facilities allows to study in detail the phenomena of sediment flushing and siltation of road surfaces. The first tests conducted in these facilities by the researchers of the UDC’s Group of Water and Environmental Engineering (GEAMA) have been compiled in the study “Initial experimental characterization of a porous asphalt road surface through rainfall simulators”. This study was presented at the Spanish Network of Hydraulics Laboratories (RHLE), within the priority research line of urban run-off related risks.
This work is part of POREDRAIN project (Ref RTI2018-094217-B-C33), funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (MCIU/AEI/FEDER, UE).