48in Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel

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Basic Specifications
Overseeing Organization Pennsylvania State University (Applied Research Laboratory)
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Tunnel
Testing Capability Type Device and Array, Environment and Ecology, Structural
Testing Capability Flow Dynamics, Acoustics, Performance, Loads
Length(m) 4.3
Beam(m) 1.2
Depth(m) 1.2
Water Type Freshwater
Special Physical Features Closed loop; Turbulence level = 0.1%; Pressure range = 3-60psi; Controlled cavitation = # >0.1; Control Air content = >1ppm per mole
Participation in TEAMER
TEAMER Facility Yes
TEAMER Facility Type Tunnel
TEAMER Capability Component and power testing, Composite blade testing, Composite structure (non-blade) design and testing, Composite structure (non-blade) testing, Control systems engineering support, Finite element analysis (FEA) modeling, Fluid-structure interaction modeling, General component testing, High Performance Computing (HPC), Indoor water channel or flume testing, Mooring dynamics simulation, Power-take-off testing, Smooth particle hydrodynamics, Turbine hydrodynamics, WEC hydrodynamics, Array integration modeling, High-fidelity CFD
TEAMER Description The Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel was constructed to provide a large scale, high speed facility for hydrodynamic testing of underwater vehicles, systems and devices. The facility was designed for flow, acoustics, cavitation and flow induced structural response testing. This facility is a variable speed, variable pressure, air content controlled closed circuit, closed jet recirculating water tunnel. Test Section Diameter: 1.22 m, Maximum Velocity: 18 m/s, Pressure Range: 20 kPa – 138 kPa absolute.
TEAMER Webpage https://teamer-us.org/product/
Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities None


Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities None






Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume Yes
Velocity(m/s) 18
Recirculating Yes
Pressure Range(Psi) Mar-60
Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities None


Control and Data Acquisition
Description National Instruments steady 24 bit
Number of channels 80
Bandwidth(kHz) 100
Cameras Yes
Number of Color Cameras 1
Description of Camera Types Basler color and BW high speed cameras - synchronized with analog A-D NI data acquisitions systems
Available Sensors Acceleration, Acoustics, Displacement, Flow, Power conversion effectiveness and generation, Pressure Range(psi), Thermal, Turbulence, Velocity, Vibration
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes
Data Comparison to Computational Models Numerous Naval propulsor prototype designs with verification and Validation studies.
Integrated Display/Graphics Microsoft Windows based systems
Other Data Capabilites State-of-the-art non-invasive flow diagnostics (PIV,LDV, LIF, flow visualization, optical vibrometry), dynomometer design and manufacture, advanced data analysis, regulatory quality testing and data analysis.
Test Services
Utility Services Available CFD, structural and flow acoustics and vibration
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Mutli-axis, NC machining; Unigraphics CAD; Prototype device design and manufacture; instrument design and manufacture
Past Pertinent Test Experience Design, manufacture and test hydrodynamic turbomachinery for Naval applications; powering and energy extraction testing; material testing in cavitating environments; hydro and structural acoustic/vibration analysis and testing; advanced flow diagnostics
Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics Yes
Types of Co-located facilities Smaller tunnel; reverberant tank
Specializations, Capabilities, and Key
Facility Attributes Not Covered Elsewhere
Naval hydrodynamics, device health monitoring, composites R&D and manufacture, power systems; materials R&D with emphasis on marine environment survivability

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