The Naval Academy Hydromechanics Laboratory (NAHL) features a multitude of unparalleled experimental facilities:
- The 380 FT Towing Tank, NAHL's largest and premier tank, supports the use of large experimental models, vastly improving full-scale predictions made from associated testing. Ship models up to 25 FT in length can be tested in NAHL's 380 FT Towing Tank. NAHL's largest towing tank also allows for a wide variety of high-speed testing.
- The L-shaped Coastal Engineering Tank is equipped with a wave-maker where breakwaters, jetties, groins, and harbors can be designed (and their effectiveness can be evaluated).
- The 120 FT Towing Tank, NAHL's workhorse tank, is used extensively for lab-based classes, research projects, routine demonstrations, and STEM outreach efforts.
- The Ballast Tank provides a small, undisturbed body of water for measuring ship stability, calibrating wave gages, and testing underwater vehicles.
- The Re-Circulating Water Channels are used for studies of propeller cavitation, hydrodynamic pressures/forces on underwater bodies, and detailed measurements of flow within the boundary layer
Please note the following (location-specific) facility contact information:
- NAHL Conference Room (RI049), 410-293-5101
- 380 FT Towing Tank Control Room (RI070A), 410-293-5117
- Coastal Engineering Tank (RI056), TBD
- Re-Circulating Water Channels (RI048F), 410-293-5107
To schedule the use of any NAHL resources, please review the facility calendar (below) and send an e-mail directly to the NAHL Branch Head.