Hinsdale Large Wave Flume

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Basic Specifications
Overseeing Organization Oregon State University
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Wave Basin
Testing Capability Type Environmental and Ecology, Device and Array
Testing Capability Flow Dynamics, Physical Environment, Performance, Components, Mooring, Control
Length(m) 104
Beam(m) 3.7
Depth(m) 4.6
Water Type Freshwater


Participation in TEAMER
TEAMER Facility Yes
TEAMER Facility Type Tank/Flume
TEAMER Capability Indoor wave tank or basin testing
TEAMER Description The Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, established in 1972, is a state-of-the-art Center conducting both applied and fundamental research to address ocean, coastal and nearshore processes via physical model experiments. Hinsdale makes learning and discovery possible. With two large-scale experimental facilities, investigators are able to perform physical model testing of coastal systems subject to the action of tsunamis, waves, and/or storm surge. A large variety of projects have been carried out at the Laboratory including wave propagation, wave-structure interaction, stability of coastal structures, beach erosion, offshore structures, bio-fouling, floating structures, and testing of renewable energy devices.
TEAMER Webpage https://teamer-us.org/product/
Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities None


Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes
Maximum Wave Height(m) 1.7
Maximum Wave Height(m) at Wave Period(s) 5
Wave Period Range(s) 0.8 - 12.0 s
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0
Programmable Wavemaking Yes
Wavemaking Description Monochromatic waves (cnoidal, Stokes, Airy), solitary waves, user-defined free surface timeseries or board displacement timeseries for random waves
Wave Direction Uni-Directional
Simulated Beach Yes
Description of Beach 12' by 12' concrete slabs anchored to flume walls
Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None


Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities None


Control and Data Acquisition
Description National Instruments LabView-based real-time data acquisition systems running on a PXI architecture
Number of channels Up to 192
Bandwidth(kHz) Up to 1 MS/s
Cameras Yes
Number of Color Cameras 20
Description of Camera Types Web, IEEE 1394, High speed GigE, and PIV systems
Available Sensors Acceleration, Acoustics, Displacement, Flow, Power conversion effectiveness and generation, Pressure Range(psi), Thermal, Turbulence, Velocity
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time No
Integrated Display/Graphics Remote telepresence and experiment participation as part of George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)
Other Data Capabilites Online data archiving and retrieval as pat of George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)
Test Services
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Wood shop and some rough metal working (bandsaw), hand-held power tools; can provide contacts for outside fabricators and contractors
Past Pertinent Test Experience Wave forces on and dynamics of fixed and floating structures, nearshore waves, turbulence, and sediment transport, armor stability, wave overtopping
Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics Yes
Types of Co-located facilities Tsunami wave basin
Specializations, Capabilities, and Key
Facility Attributes Not Covered Elsewhere
Operates as a shared-use facility under the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). Additional numerical modeling capability using LS-DYNA and COBRAS to predict wave transformation, wave velocities, turbulence, impact pressures, and overtopping on beaches and rigid or dynamic structures.

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