Oregon State University – Large Wave Flume

Capabilities include:

  • Wave-structure interaction
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics
  • Floating structures
  • Sediment transport
  • Bio-fouling
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Description

The Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, established in 1972, is a state-of-the-art Center conducting both applied and fundamental research to address ocean, coastal and nearshore processes via physical model experiments. Hinsdale makes learning and discovery possible. With two large-scale experimental facilities, investigators are able to perform physical model testing of coastal systems subject to the action of tsunamis, waves, and/or storm surge. A large variety of projects have been carried out at the Laboratory including wave propagation, wave-structure interaction, stability of coastal structures, beach erosion, offshore structures, bio-fouling, floating structures, and testing of renewable energy devices.

Capabilities include:

  • Wave-structure interaction
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics
  • Floating structures
  • Sediment transport
  • Bio-fouling

Flume dimensions:

Length: 104m, Width: 3.7m, Height: 4.6m

Max depth: 4m

Max wave height: 1.8m at 2.74m depth, 0.6m at 3.7m depth

The flume is equipped with two wavemakers, each featuring active wave absorption compensation. It can also generate surface wind with a velocity of up to 22m/s.

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Point of Contact:
Pedro Lomonaco – pedro.lomonaco@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University is affiliated with the Pacific Marine Energy Center.