Belfast Wave Flume
Queen’s University of Belfast has a 22 x 4.75 m wave basin, with an operating depth up to 0.8 m.
The glass walled tank is equipped with state of the art instrumentation, including a 6-paddles Edinburgh Design Ltd Wave Maker with active wave absorption. The electric paddles can produce regular and random waves with heights up to 0.55 m, wave angle variations from 0° to 45° and wave periods from 1 s to 3.5 s.
The basin has an adjustable tank floor for tests at various depths, and a 7 x 1 m glass window on the floor itself. A 7 m long wire mesh absorbing beach is placed on the opposite side of the tank, respect to the Wave Maker.
Video capture, motion tracking, load measurement along the 6-degrees-of-freedom and conductivity measurements using twin-wire wave gauges are additional instrumentations also available.
The most recent tests carried out inside the QUB facility investigated on ocean wave energy conversion and wash waves from fast ships.
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