Davidson Laboratory Tow Tank

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Basic Specifications
Overseeing Organization Stevens Institute of Technology
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Tow Tank


Length(m) 97.5
Beam(m) 4.9
Depth(m) 2
Water Type Freshwater


Participation in TEAMER
TEAMER Facility Yes
TEAMER Facility Type Basin/Tank
TEAMER Capability CFD modeling, Fluid-structure interaction modeling, Power performance modeling, Power take-off testing, WEC hydrodynamics modeling, Physical modeling
TEAMER Description The Davidson Laboratory, founded in 1935, is one of the largest and most renowned hydrodynamic and ocean engineering research facilities in the US. Pioneering marine hydrodynamic studies in both physical modeling and computer simulation of marine craft designs (ranging from high-speed planing boats to submarines) have contributed to the Laboratory’s international reputation. Capabilities include: CFD modeling, Fluid-structure interaction modeling, Power performance modeling, Power take-off testing, WEC hydrodynamics modeling, Physical modeling.
TEAMER Webpage https://teamer-us.org/product/
Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities Yes
Maximum Velocity(m/s) 18.3
Length of Effective Tow(m) 30.5
Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes
Maximum Wave Height(m) 0.5
Maximum Wave Height(m) at Wave Period(s) 4
Maximum Wave Length(m) 15.2
Wave Period Range(s) 4
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0
Programmable Wavemaking Yes
Wavemaking Description Menu driven selection of standard spectra or user specified
Wave Direction Uni-Directional
Simulated Beach Yes
Description of Beach Porous metal beach at a fixed slope of about 12 degrees
Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None


Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities None


Control and Data Acquisition
Number of channels 16
Bandwidth(kHz) .025 typical; can measure at higher frequencies if needed
Cameras Yes
Number of Color Cameras 2
Description of Camera Types Digital still cameras; over water video
Available Sensors Acceleration, Acoustics, Displacement, Flow, Power conversion effectiveness and generation, Pressure Range(psi), Turbulence, Velocity
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes
Data Comparison to Computational Models Comparisons to validate and improve CFD models are made periodically.
Integrated Display/Graphics Standard PC-based tools
Test Services
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Fully equipped machine shop with CNC capability
Past Pertinent Test Experience Testing all types of ocean going vehicles, fixed structures, wave energy devices for the past 60 years.
Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics Yes
Types of Co-located facilities A 75x75x5ft basin with a rotating arm
Specializations, Capabilities, and Key
Facility Attributes Not Covered Elsewhere
PIV system for flow field measurement; in-house divers for installation and retrieval as needed

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