Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility
Ohmsett is the largest outdoor saltwater wave and tow tank in the United States measuring 203.3 meters long, 19.8 meters wide, and 3.4 meters deep (with a water depth of 2.4 meters). It can produce maximum wave heights of 1 meter; much higher than most test tanks. The tank is equipped with three movable bridges with tow speeds of up to 6 knots, programmable to 1/100th knot increments to simulate ocean and river current flow. The robust tow bridges are able to accommodate the torque and forces that large current turbines and wave energy converter equipment are expected to experience. There are six observation windows for underwater viewing. The Control Tower is fully computerized where data from various sensors and video cameras are collected for synthesis and analysis. Our knowledgeable engineering and scientific staff has more than 175 years of combined experience in the testing environment. They are passionate about their work and have developed creative project plans, developed new testing procedures and protocols, and recommended design changes to test equipment and systems.
- Tow bridge capable of towing test equipment at speeds up to 6 knots
- A wave generator capable of simulating regular waves up to one meter in heigh, as well as a simulated harbor chop, FM slides with selectable slue rates, start and stop
- Pierson-Moskowitz & JONSWAP spectra parameterized by wind speed & scale
Length: 203.3m,Width: 19.8m, Height: 3.4m
Max depth: 2.4m, Max length: 160m
Point of Contact: Tom Coolbaugh - firstname.lastname@example.org