This paper describes an apparatus for testing the erosion rate of erodible rock and stiff clay as a function of water-flow-induced shear stress. The device, referred to as the Rotating Erosion Testing Apparatus, or RETA, is similar in design to other devices but has a number of advantages. The RETA uses a real-time control unit that monitors the shear stress via the torque imparted to the sample and adjusts its rotational speed to maintain a nearly constant shear stress throughout the test. RETA test results have been used to estimate local sediment erosion rates at structures founded in these types of bed materials.
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