Large models can vastly improve full scale predictions made from many types of model tests. Ship models up to 25 feet in length can be tested in the Laboratory's 380 foot towing tank. The long tank length also allows higher test speeds.
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 lab classes, research projects and demonstrations.
The ballast tank provides a small undisturbed body of water for measuring ship stability, calibrating wave gages and testing out underwater vehicles.
The circulating water channels are used for studies of propeller cavitation, hydrodynamic pressures and forces on underwater bodies and for detailed measurements of flow within the boundary layer