Sea flume:

Field Measurement of Sediment Erodibility. Benthic flume for max. 400 m depth. It's a device for in situ studies of threshold, erosion velocity and erosional behavior of undisturbed marine muds. An understanding of the erosion potential ('erodibility') of aquatic sediments is important for a wide number of contemporary environmental issues, including benthic habitat stability, contaminated sediment dispersal, river bank and river bed stability, and the geomorphology of estuaries and coastal areas.

The Partrac Voyager Series benthic flumes are field instruments which measure erodibility in situ (i.e. without the need to collect sediment and return it to the laboratory). These devices can be used on marine and fluvial sediments. The instrument isolates a known volume of water at the sediment-water interface, and a motor drive circulates the water at sequentially increasing
velocities to produce a series of frictional stresses on the surface sediments.

A range of sensors measure the flow velocity/turbulence and induced erosion. The collected data allows rapid assessment of sediment critical entrainment stress, provides the form of the bed stress and erosion rate relationship, and can also provide information on bulk
deposition rate and settling velocity of re-suspended sediments.

If sedimentological data are available, additional metrics such as the bed friction angle and shear strength versus depth can be derived. On-board cameras provide a visual record of erosion as it occurs (providing bedload transport rates for sands and gravels), and the instruments can be equipped with a water sampler to collect samples of the interior water for analysis e.g. grain
size, nutrient analyses. Two types of benthic flume are available:

Series I flumes are autonomous instruments, designed to be cast off from a vessel to collect erosion/deposition data autonomously. These are battery powered flumes, with onboard data logging and computer based command-control functionality.

Series II flumes are cabled instruments, with power provided to the flume from the surface and a data cable link to provide data in real-time.

Adjustable brackets for various equipment, CCD camera, light, etc.

Source: KC Denmark A/S