Carderock Maneuvering & Seakeeping Basin

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Basic Specifications
Facility Name Carderock Maneuvering & Seakeeping Basin
Overseeing Organization United States Naval Surface Warfare Center
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Wave Basin
Length(m) 109.7
Beam(m) 73.2
Depth(m) 6.1
Water Type Freshwater
Cost(per day) Contact POC
Special Physical Features 10.7m deep x 15.2m wide trench along length of tank; the Maneuvering & Seakeeping Basin is spanned lengthwise by a 114.6m 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, ship models can be towed in head or following seas at any angle from 0 to 90 degrees, tracks attached to the bottom of the bridge support the towing carriage, bridge width is constant 6.1m.
Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities Yes
Maximum Velocity(m/s) 7.2


Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes
Maximum Wave Height(m) 0.6

Maximum Wave Length(m) 12.2
Wave Period Range(s) 0.0
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0.0
Programmable Wavemaking Yes
Wavemaking Description Irregular waves with a spectrum resembling typical ocean wave patterns with appropriate scale reductions.
Wave Direction Both
Simulated Beach Yes
Description of Beach Wave absorbers are a discontinuous 12 degree slope type made up of seven permeable layers of rectangular precast concrete bar panels resting on an impermeable beach, they are located along the full length of the two sides of the basin opposite the wavemaker units.
Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume Yes



Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities Yes


Control and Data Acquisition
Cameras None




Data Generation Capability
Real-Time No



Test Services
Test Services None



Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics None


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