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Alden Wave Basin
Available Sensors Acceleration  + , Acoustics  + , Displacement  + , Flow  + , Power conversion effectiveness and generation  + , Pressure Range(psi)  + , Thermal  + , Velocity  + , Vibration  +
Beam(m) 21.3  +
Cameras Yes  +
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None  +
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0.0  +
Data Comparison to Computational Models Wave height, period, length, velocity  +
Depth(m) 1.2  +
Description Differential pressure transducers, acoustic profiling, propeller meters, load cells, computer data acquisition systems.  +
Description of Beach Designed as needed using commercially available sand/sediment  +
Description of Camera Types Fully-submersible; multiplexor for four cameras; digital recording from all cameras; digital handheld  +
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Wave Basin +
Integrated Display/Graphics Lab View, Test Point  +
Length(m) 33.5  +
Maximum Wave Height(m) 0.3  +
Maximum Wave Height(m) at Wave Period(s) 1.0  +
Maximum Wave Length(m) 1.8  +
Number of Color Cameras 2  +
Number of channels Designed as needed  +
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Full on-site carpentry, machine, and instrumentation shops  +
Other Characteristics Point measurement capability  +
Overseeing Organization Alden Research Laboratory, Inc +
Past Pertinent Test Experience Erosion control devices  +
Programmable Wavemaking Yes  +
Real-Time Yes  +
Sector Hydropower +
Simulated Beach Yes  +
Special Characteristics Yes  +
Specializations, Capabilities, and Key Facility Attributes Not Covered Elsewhere Can maintain constant wave generation  +
TEAMER Capability Physical Modeling, Resource assessment and
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
analysis, Wind-water interactions testing  +
TEAMER Description Alden has unique facilities to help develo
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.
ave been tested at Alden since the 1980’s.  +
TEAMER Facility Yes  +
TEAMER Facility Type Tank/Flume  +
Towing Capabilities None  +
Utility Services Available 110 V to 480 V, 3 phase  +
Water Type Freshwater  +
Wave Direction Both  +
Wave Period Range(s) 1.0  +
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes  +
Wavemaking Description Period adjustable electronically, height adjustable mechanically  +
Wind Capabilities Yes  +
Wind Velocity Range(m/s) Designed as needed for study objectives  +
Categories Testing Facilities
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