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.
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.
|Water depth||0 to 1.0 metres|
|Model towing carriage speed||0 to 3.8 metres/second|
|Typical model lengths||2 to 6 metres|
The Model Test Basin facilitates maritime consulting services in offshore and coastal engineering, ship and port operations, marine energy systems, coastal engineering and marine engineering. It has been used by clients for projects including vessel performance, vessel interactions, energy devices, ship berthing forces, motions and loads, ports, berths, channels and floating platforms.Find out more about consultancy services