Model Test Basin

Simulates maritime operations in shallow water environments such as ports, harbours, rivers and coastal regions.

Our 35-metre long Model Test Basin is used by research organisations and industry to conduct a wide variety of experiments and experimental modelling.

The Model Test Basin has a wave-maker with 16 computer-controlled paddles that can produce a wide variety of different types of wave at almost any water depth. A wind generator with 20 individually controllable fans can be strategically positioned to obtain the desired wind direction.

It also has a digital motion capture system consisting of eight digital cameras, providing the ability to track a model’s motion under different wave conditions.

Available for use by commercial organisations, over 25 consulting projects have used the facility to test their innovations via AMC Search.

At a Glance

The Model Test Basin is capable of towing models of up to 40kg at speeds of up to 3.8 metres per second and large models up to 600kg at 0.75 metres per second.

Length 35 metres
Width 12 metres
Water depth 0 to 1.0 metres
Model towing carriage speed 0 to 3.8 metres/second
Typical model lengths 2 to 6 metres


Watch: Model Test Basin at the Australian Maritime College

Case study: wave energy converter tested in model test basin

Case study: wave energy converter tested in model test basin

Successful ocean wave energy converter testing leads to commercialisation

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