Alden Tow Tank

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Basic Specifications
Overseeing Organization Alden Research Laboratory, Inc
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Tow Tank


Length(m) 30.5
Beam(m) 1.2
Depth(m) 1.2
Water Type Freshwater


Participation in TEAMER
TEAMER Facility Yes
TEAMER Facility Type Tank/Flume
TEAMER Capability Physical Modeling, Resource assessment and characterization, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP), Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters (ADV), Current resource characterization, Current, bathymetry and site data analysis, Dynamometer, Field/open water channel testing, Field/open water river testing, Field/open water tidal flow testing, Indoor water channel or flume testing, Indoor wave flume testing, Indoor wave tank or basin testing, Tow tank testing, Turbine test platform, Wave resource characterization, Wave, bathymetry and site data analysis, Wind-water interactions testing
TEAMER Description Alden has unique facilities to help developers test and improve their wave energy conversion equipment. Combined wave and wind loading as well as mooring techniques can be evaluated for wave energy capture systems on scaled models. Both linear and basin type wave tanks are available, as well as onsite field measurement services to provide bathymetry, wave height and direction measurements, current velocity measurements, water and tide level data acquisition, sediment-water interface monitoring, and biological surveys. Wave energy conversion systems have been tested at Alden since the 1980’s.


Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities Yes


Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities None






Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None


Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities Yes
Wind Velocity Range(m/s) Designed as needed for study objectives
Other Characteristics Point measurement capability
Control and Data Acquisition
Description Differential pressure transducers, acoustic profiling, propeller meters, load cells, computer data acquisition systems.
Number of channels Designed as needed
Cameras Yes
Number of Color Cameras 2
Description of Camera Types Fully-submersible; multiplexor for four cameras; digital recording from all cameras; digital handheld
Available Sensors Acceleration, Acoustics, Displacement, Flow, Power conversion effectiveness and generation, Thermal, Velocity, Vibration
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes
Data Comparison to Computational Models Velocity, flow characteristics
Integrated Display/Graphics Lab View, Test Point
Test Services
Utility Services Available 110 V to 480 V, 3 phase
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Full on-site carpentry, machine, and instrumentation shops
Past Pertinent Test Experience
  • Tank installed, tow carriage not yet designed
Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics None


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