This hydrodynamic facility was specifically designed for model testing of marine renewable projects. Our fully instrumented horizontal and vertical axis tidal turbine test rigs can be deployed easily. Read more Read less

After an extensive feasibility study, the Wave-Towing Tank was commissioned in April 2011 in the Ocean Systems Test Laboratory. The facility was specifically designed for model testing at the early stage of marine renewable projects. The combination of wave and towing capabilities in addition to a team having expertise in Hydrodynamics and Turbomachinery enable us to cater for the particular needs of the Marine Renewable Energy Industry (Wave, Tidal and Offshore Wind); In particular, dynamic response of support structures in wind-wave-current, turbine design and turbine performance assessment.

Our fully instrumented horizontal and vertical axis tidal turbine test rigs can be deployed at very short notice in most test facilities upon request.

The laboratory offers consultancy to a wide range of clients from small companies to large corporations in experimental marine hydrodynamics. The towing carriage features a bespoke design towing post capable of conducting resistance and stability tests in calm waters and waves. Dynamic response tests of a ship/yacht in a seaway can also be undertaken.

The facility has the following characteristics:

  • Wave and Towing Tank
  • Length: 30 m, Width: 1.5 m, Max Depth: 1.5 m
  • Regular and Irregular waves
  • Max Wave Height: 280mm peak to trough; Working frequency: 0.10 Hz to 1.1 Hz
  • Max Towing Carriage Velocity: 3.5 m/sec
  • Max Towing Carriage Payload: 75 kg
  • Max Towing Carriage Drag: 200 N
  • 6-Component Balances from 30N - 2N.m up to 2500N - 400N.m.
  • Vertical and Horizontal Axis Tidal Turbine Rotor Test Rigs (Motor and Generator Modes)
  • Tidal Turbine Rotor Test Rigs up to 600 mm OD (x 3 up to 188 rpm, 17.5 N.m)
  • Tidal Turbine Rotor Test Rigs up to 1200 mm OD (x 2 up to 300 rpm, 100 N.m)
  • Towing post for ships/yachts
  • Pro video recording (Full HD, 4K) equipment and editing facilities.

The laboratory offers consultancy to a wide range of clients from small companies to large corporations in experimental marine hydrodynamics including:

Summary of applications

  • The combination of wave and towing capabilities in addition to a team having expertise in hydrodynamics and turbomachinery enable us to cater for the particular needs of the marine renewable energy industry (wave, tidal and offshore wind). In particular, dynamic response of support structures in wind-wave-current, turbine design and turbine performance assessment.
  • Our fully instrumented horizontal and vertical axis tidal turbine test rigs can be deployed at very short notice in most test facilities upon request.
  • The towing carriage features a bespoke design towing post capable of conducting resistance and stability tests in calm waters and waves. Dynamic response tests of a ship/yacht in a seaway can also be undertaken.