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Model Test Basin

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Our 35 metre long Model Test Basin is used to simulate maritime operations in shallow water environments such as ports, harbours, rivers and coastal regions.

Used by students, research organisations and industry for hydrodynamic experiments, it allows a wide variety of experiments to be conducted, providing hands-on experience and opportunities for 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.

It 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.

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

At a Glance:

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