Alden Research Laboratory – Numerical Modeling

Capabilities include:

  • Physical modeling
  • CFD modeling
  • Fluid-structure interaction modeling
  • Finite element analysis modeling
  • Smooth particle hydrodynamics
  • Turbine and WEC hydrodynamics


Alden has been using 2-D and 3-D numerical modeling tools to evaluate fluid systems since 1996. Projects include both detailed 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of equipment and larger scale sediment transport types of analyses. Problems related to marine renewables energy systems and civil engineering hydraulics are addressed by Alden’s engineers and scientists using a combination of scaled physical modeling/testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Alden’s campus in Holden, Massachusetts includes over 150,000 sq. ft. of laboratory testing space. An additional 10,000 sq. ft. is available in our Everett, Washington facility. Within each facility, project-specific scaled models are customized, constructed, and tested to address a wide range of flow and technology performance issues and problems.

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Point of Contact:
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Numerical Modeling & Analysis

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modeling, Finite element analysis (FEA) modeling, Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling, Physical Modeling, Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics, Turbine and WEC Hydrodynamics