Construction and Fabrication
IIHR has a long tradition of success in experimental laboratory studies. A crucial factor in this success has been and continues to be the well-equipped Mechanical Shop and its dedicated, highly-competent technical staff.
In addition to providing precision fabrication skills, the IIHR Engineering Services (IES) team specializes in highly accurate craftsmanship in:
- Transparent acrylic
- Transparent polycarbonate
- White high-density polyethylene
- Gray polyvinyl chloride
- Aluminum (all types)
- Stainless steel
- Black steel, and
- High-density overlay marine-grade plywood
The IES team has at its disposal a:
- Fully-equipped machine shop (mills, lathes, band saws, drill presses)
- Two hot-work booths (MIG, TIG, brazing)
- Two carpentry areas (industrial table saws, routers, jointer, planer, miter saws, band saws)
- Commercial-grade airless paint and body work area
- Sheet metal area (48″ shears, brake, and roller), and
- Storage for recycling instrumentation and equipment.
The IES team also has access to rapid prototyping, CNC mills/lathes, and thermoformed plastic beds for complex geometry fabrication.
Another area of specialization at IIHR is the fabrication of precision instrumentation and detailed scale replicas of hydraulic structures, as well as laboratory flumes.
IES has constructed several large warehouse-sized models, including a 50x33x1.4-meter replica of the Columbia River gorge including the Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams. For large construction projects as well as field activities, IES maintains a broad assortment of mechanized equipment, including skid loaders, dump trailers, tilt-bed trucks, and an industrial forklifts.