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1.5in High Speed Water Tunnel +The High Speed Water Tunnel, originally constructed by NASA, supports research in cavitation and cavitation-induced damage. This facility is a variable speed, variable pressure, closed circuit, closed jet recirculating water tunnel. Test Section Diameter: 1.5 inches, Maximum Velocity: 84 m/s, Pressure Range: up to 8200 kPa.  +
12in Water Tunnel +The 12” Water Tunnel, constructed in 1951, supports smaller-scale hydrodynamic testing and basic research experiments. This facility is a variable speed, variable pressure, air content controlled closed circuit, closed jet recirculating water tunnel. The test section can be configured with both circular and rectangular test sections. Test Section: 0.305 m (circular) or 0.5 m x 0.11m (rectangular), Maximum Velocity: 24 m/s, Pressure Range: 20 kPa – 138 kPa absolute.  +
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48in Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel +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.  +
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6in Water Tunnel +The 6” Water Tunnel supports basic research experiments and sensor calibrations. This facility is a variable speed, variable pressure, closed circuit, closed jet recirculating water tunnel. Test Section Diameter: 0.15 m, Maximum Velocity: 21 m/s, Pressure Range: 20 kPa – 138 kPa absolute.  +
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AMOG Consulting - Numerical Modeling +AMOG is a specialist engineering consulting firm active in the offshore energy, maritime, mining, transport, and defense sectors. Our areas of specialization include: Vortex Induced Vibration and Hydrodynamics: together with MIT AMOG develops SHEAR7 (the leading global software package for VIV calculation). We have also developed patented Longitudinally Grooved Suppression (LGS) technology for the reduction of VIV on subsea structures including pipelines and risers. Mooring and Offshore Engineering Technology: AMOG has been instrumental, and continues to drive, research for the improvement of synthetic rope use on mooring applications and the understanding of mooring degradation mechanisms. We developed the first functional mooring digital twin, which has since been deployed on an offshore asset and, as the primary author of API MIM RP2, continue to lead advances in mooring integrity including areas such as Out of Plane Bending (OPB) and material mechanics of chain. Industrial Internet of things (IIot) and Machine Learning: Since 2012 AMOG has been instrumenting complex offshore and mining equipment to create structural digital twins. Today our IIoT and machine learning capacity has allowed us to create our own sensors for real time understanding of offshore structures. Safety engineering: fire and blast and consequence analysis including modeling of fires, explosions and spills. Smart Structural Engineering: AMOG has a specialist Structural Engineering practice that utilizes a systems view to properly combine and understand effects from hydrodynamics, fire, blast, spills and out of design operations conditions for large complex machines and structures. Capabilities include: Physical Modeling, Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling, Extreme event modeling, Finite element analysis (FEA) modeling, Mooring dynamics simulation, WEC hydrodynamics, Environmental Modeling, High-fidelity CFD.  +
Advanced Materials Lab (AML) +The Advanced Materials Laboratory (AML) is one of seven laboratories that comprise Sandia’s Materials Science and Engineering Center. The Center as expertise in the development and testing of materials and coatings for marine renewable energy. Staff also collaborate with other Sandia programs focused on reliability, non-destructive inspection, modeling and simulation, and systems engineering. AML has capabilities in materials synthesis and processing, additive manufacturing (printing), novel inks for printing capabilities, precursor development, composites, polymers, ceramics, metals, corrosion, coatings, materials characterization & performance evaluation. Corrosion/degradation testing for materials and coatings. Additive and advanced manufacturing and processing is a differentiating strength of the AML. This capability could be employed for the testing of polymer membranes, anti-fouling and corrosion resistant coatings, and high-speed roll-to-roll manufacturing.  +
Alden Large Flume +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.  +
Alden Research Laboratory - Numerical Modeling +Alden has been using 2-D and 3-D numerical modeling tools to evaluate fluid systems since 1996. Projects include both detailed 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of equipment and larger scale sediment transport types of analyses. Problems related to marine renewables energy systems and civil engineering hydraulics are addressed by Alden’s engineers and scientists using a combination of scaled physical modeling/testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Alden’s campus in Holden, Massachusetts includes over 150,000 sq. ft. of laboratory testing space. An additional 10,000 sq. ft. is available in our Everett, Washington facility. Within each facility, project-specific scaled models are customized, constructed, and tested to address a wide range of flow and technology performance issues and problems.  +
Alden Small Flume +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.  +
Alden Tow Tank +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.  +
Alden Wave Basin +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.  +
American Bureau of Shipping - Numerical Modeling +ABS is the not-for-profit marine classification, standards, and technology organization for the U.S (as recognized in U.S. Code 46 §3316(a)). ABS has over 3,000 engineers, scientists, and marine surveyors with global expertise in the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of all types of marine assets. ABS research portfolio elements of interest for this work include: hydrodynamics and computational fluid dynamics; naval architecture and marine engineering; machinery, control systems, and automation; materials for the marine environment; in-service engineering and maintenance optimization; and sustainability/alternative energy for marine assets. ABS provides a wide range of engineering analysis, modeling, and simulation support for the marine energy sector. This includes hydrodynamic modeling of wave and flow movements, structural analysis of marine energy equipment, mooring analysis, system reliability and safety modeling, and verification of alignment/conformance to applicable engineering and other technical standards. ABS also provides independent verification/certification of marine energy systems under the ABS New Technology Qualification (NTQ) and Approval-In-Principle (AIP) processes. We have partnered with a number of private companies and academic institutions in supporting their development of marine energy technology. Capabilities include: Phsical Modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modeling, Extreme event modeling, Finite element analysis (FEA) modeling, High Performance Computing (HPC), Mooring dynamics simulation, Operational Modeling, Performance metrics analysis, Power performance modeling, Remote control survey boat, Risk management plan development, Risk reduction planning, Smooth particle hydrodynamics, Technology Performance Level assessment, Turbine hydrodynamics, WEC hydrodynamics, Array Integration Modeling, Environmental Modeling, High-fidelity CFD.  +
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Boundary Layer Research Facility +The Boundary Layer Research Facility is a unique closed-loop tunnel that uses glycerin as the working fluid. With a viscosity much greater than water, glycerin enlarges boundary layer effects, making this facility uniquely suitable for boundary layer and turbulence research. Test Section Diameter: 0.3 m, Maximum Velocity: 6 m/s.  +
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Carderock Maneuvering & Seakeeping Basin +Indoor wave basin, overall length 110 m (360 ft), width overall 73 m (240 ft), depth 6.1 m (20 ft) with a 10.7m (35 ft) deep by 15.2 m (50 ft) wide trench parallel to the long side of the basin on the south side. Basin is spanned lengthwise by a 114.6 m (376 ft) bridge supported on a rail system that permits the bridge to traverse one-half the width of the basin and to rotate through angles up to 45 degrees from the longitudinal centerline of the basin. The basin is equipped with wavemaker with 216 “Finger” type paddles, along the west and north banks of the basin. The paddles operate both as a wave generator and active wave absorber. The wavemaker has a frequency range of 0.20 to 2.0 Hz and can generate regular waves from 0.4 to 32.0 m (1.6 to 105 ft) in length and up to 0.9 m (35 in) in height. The wavemaker can produce model sea spectra of any distribution up to 0.5 m (19 in), modal period dependent, with the ability to create multi-directional and/or short-crested seas (spread).  +
Chase Tow Tank +The UNH Tow and Wave Tank enables research where test bodies can be towed, subjected to wave action, or both. It is 3.66 m wide, 2.44 m deep, and 36.6m long. The tow carriage can achieve tow speeds up to 2 m/s for turbine testing and the tow system provides highly accurate control of acceleration, velocity and position. A low-drag hydrokinetic turbine test bed with a submerged frame made from NACA 0020 struts is used to test turbines up to nominally 1m diameter for both cross-flow and axial-flow turbines, enabling high Reynolds number testing at reasonable blockage. The wave maker can generate waves with 1-5 s periods up to 0.4 m wave height (regular waves, various random seas spectra), and the tank is equipped with a wave-energy-absorbing geo-textile beach. Capabilities include: Component testing, Performance metrics analysis, WEC and TEC hydrodynamics, Array integration, IEC technical specification and design, Test plan design.  +
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Davidson Laboratory Tow Tank +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.  +
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ETA International - Bench Testing +ETA International has 20 years of testing and expertise of marine energy technology and systems. ETA owns/operates the following rigs: Dynamic Test Rig (DTR) for Flexible Pipe/Power Cable Testing, Crush Rigs, Soak Tanks, Tension/Tension-Bend Rigs, Torsion Rig, Pressure Vessels. All of the test rigs were designed and built by ETA. ETA’s project staff consists of six mechanical engineers, one technician, and two senior consultants. Both senior consultants have extensive expertise in U.S. Navy and subsea programs and systems. Capabilities include: Component and power testing, Instrumentation, Composite blade testing, Composite structure (non-blade) testing, General component testing, Structural testing.  +
ETA International - Modeling +ETA International has 20 years of modeling, analysis, and expertise in marine technology and systems. ETA is well experienced with marine dynamic analysis, FEA stress analysis, structural design/analysis, machine design/analysis, general subject matter expertise, and prototype design/manufacture/evaluation. ETA’s project staff consists of six mechanical engineers, one technician, and two senior consultants. Both senior consultants have extensive expertise in U.S. Navy and subsea programs and systems. Capabilities include: Cable dynamics simulations, Physical Modeling, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) modeling, Mooring dynamics simulation.  +
Evergreen Innovations - Numerical Modeling +Evergreen Innovations develops custom numerical models and control solutions for marine energy applications at both full-scale and prototyping/testing stages. We have tested marine energy systems in over 30 experimental campaigns across Europe and the US. Our core expertise is in the implementation of robust, real-time control systems for both laboratory and full-scale applications. Control solutions we frequently work with include the National Instruments cRIO/LabVIEW, the Speedgoat/Simulink RT system, or the Bachmann M1. During our numerous previous wave tank testing campaigns, we have developed significant practical experience in interfacing with a wide range of sensors and controllers, including inertial measurement units (IMU), pressure sensors, force sensors, motor encoders, and drive systems. We have extensive experience interfacing with hardware over EtherCAT, RS-232, RS-485/422, I2C, SPI, CAN and many others. In addition to developing real-time control systems, we also have long-standing expertise in numerical modeling of WECs, using either integrated tools such as WecSIM / Simscape Multibody / Simscape Fluids, or from first principles. Evergreen Innovations has active subscriptions for all relevant MathWorks products for real-time/modeling work (Matlab/Simulink/Simulink RT/Coder/Simscape etc). We also carry a subscription for LabVIEW including their FPGA and Real-Time modules. Over the years, we have built up a significant internal control hardware stock, including NI cRIO, NI c-Series modules, Speedgoat systems, and EtherCAT (Beckhoff) I/O hardware. We can make hardware available to projects for which we develop the control solution. Capabilities include: Component and Power testing, Instrumentation, Physical Modeling, Control Systems engineering support, IEC technical specification design, Indoor wave flume testing, Indoor wave tank or basin testing, Power performance modeling, Power-take-off testing, WEC hydrodynamics.  +
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Florida Atlantic University - Hydrodynamics Laboratory - Flume +FAU’s Hydrodynamics Laboratory houses a wave/towing/flume tank and a low-turbulence water tunnel. The laboratory is equipped with optics, cameras, load cells and flow measurement equipment. A glass-walled wave/towing/flume (18.3 x 1.2 x 1.2 m) can also be used to generate waves, and for towing physical models. The flow in the flume can obtain velocities up to 0.5 m/s. In addition, the towing carrier can reach a velocity of 1.0 m/s. A recirculating water tunnel (2.5 x .25 x .25 m) was specially constructed for PIV measurements and flow visualization. The test section has sides and bottom walls made of glass, an optical table as a base, vibration-damping supports and aluminum railings to facilitate the mounting of optical and experimental equipment. Capabilities include: Tow tank testing, PIV measurement, WEC and TEC hydrodynamics.  +
Florida Atlantic University - Hydrodynamics Laboratory - Tunnel +FAU’s Hydrodynamics Laboratory houses a wave/towing/flume tank and a low-turbulence water tunnel. The laboratory is equipped with optics, cameras, load cells and flow measurement equipment. A glass-walled wave/towing/flume (18.3 x 1.2 x 1.2 m) can also be used to generate waves, and for towing physical models. The flow in the flume can obtain velocities up to 0.5 m/s. In addition, the towing carrier can reach a velocity of 1.0 m/s. A recirculating water tunnel (2.5 x .25 x .25 m) was specially constructed for PIV measurements and flow visualization. The test section has sides and bottom walls made of glass, an optical table as a base, vibration-damping supports and aluminum railings to facilitate the mounting of optical and experimental equipment. Capabilities include: Tow tank testing, PIV measurement, WEC and TEC hydrodynamics.  +
Florida Atlantic University - Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center - Numerical Modeling +SNMREC has a large suit of tools, data and expertise in its research portfolio including Blade Element Momentum (BEM)- based simulators that can be used to predict the performance/response of axial flow marine current turbines, with NREL’s FAST code typically used for bottom-mounted turbines and an in-house developed code typically used for moored turbines. Faults can be modeled within these numerical simulations for system health monitoring or control system development. Further, professional data analytics tools are available for turbine and system performance analysis and visualization. Numerical grid emulation and energy storage tools are also available for investigating the integration of MHK generated electrical power into the grid. Capabilities include: Control systems engineering support, IEC technical specification design, Mooring dynamics simulation, Power performance modeling, Turbine hydrodynamics, Array integration modeling, Environmental modeling.  +
Florida Atlantic University - Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center - Ocean Power Generation Simulator Dynomometer +SNMREC’s OCPGS is a dynamometer facility constructed to test various aspects of marine energy generation including prototype generator performance, power takeoff controllers, machine health monitoring solutions, grid integration, and energy storage. The system is designed to emulate rotor forcing by actual ADCP measurements from the Florida Current. This feature can be customized with customer field data sets and rotor parameters. Additionally, a reconfigurable prognostic monitoring suite is available to evaluate drive train health and performance. Customer provided DAQ/monitoring systems are also welcome. The OCPGS houses two dynamometers, with power ratings of 3 kW and 20 kW. The ocean current turbine motor-generator is a 30 HP (22.4 kW) Sumitomo Cyclo 6000 AC Induction Motor (Frame 180 MG, Type TK-F) with rated nameplate values of 230 VAC, 3-Phase, 4-Pole, 60 Hz., 1740 RPM and 74.7 Amps. The variable frequency drive is a 30 HP US Drives Phoenix Vector EX AC Drive (Model # E2-0030), and the torque meter is a 7,000 kW S. Himmelstein & Co. MCRT 48007P Non-Contact Horsepower/kW-h meter. Capabilities include: General component testing, Generator testing, Microgrid testing, PTO testing.  +
Flow-Through Anechoic Chamber +The Flow-Through Anechoic Chamber provides an in-air acoustic testing facility that can be used as either a normal anechoic chamber, or a flow-through chamber for the measurement of flow or jet noise. Chamber Dimensions: 5.5 m x 6.7 m x 9.1 m high, Low Frequency Cutoff: 70 Hz.  +
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Geomechanics Lab +The Geomechanics Laboratory enables you to measure seabed strength properties under a wide range of simulated service conditions up to very high, cyclic pressures and complex load paths. Staff at the laboratory can determine and perform the appropriate lab tests to parameterize constitutive models needed in geotechnical numerical modeling of coupled poromechnical processes, for example, to assess the potential impact of cyclic loading from mooring lines on loss of strength of seafloor sediment near an anchor or the creep of anchors into shallower sediments. They also have experiments that determine the accuracy of design procedures in the laboratory.  +