Large models can vastly improve full scale predictions made from certain types of model tests. Ship models up to 25 feet in length can be tested in the Laboratory's 380 foot towing tank.
The L-shaped coastal research tank is equipped with a wavemaker where breakwaters, jetties, groins, and harbors can be designed, and their effectiveness evaluated.
The 120' tank is the workhorse of the Laboratory facilities and is used extensively for demonstrations, midshipmen projects, and for research.
The ballast tank is used primarily by naval architecture students for the study of ship stability.
The circulating water channel is used for flow visualization, measurement of force and pressure distribution on submerged bodies, and propeller thrust and torque measurement.