Davidson Laboratory Tow Tank

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Basic Specifications
Facility Name Davidson Laboratory Tow Tank
Overseeing Organization Stevens Institute of Technology
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Tow Tank
Length(m) 97.5
Beam(m) 4.9
Depth(m) 2.0
Water Type Freshwater
Cost(per day) Contact POC

Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities Yes
Maximum Velocity(m/s) 18.3

Length of Effective Tow(m) 30.5
Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes
Maximum Wave Height(m) 0.5
Maximum Wave Height(m) at Wave Period(s) 4.0
Maximum Wave Length(m) 15.2
Wave Period Range(s) 4.0
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0.0
Programmable Wavemaking Yes
Wavemaking Description Menu driven selection of standard spectra or user specified
Wave Direction Uni-Directional
Simulated Beach Yes
Description of Beach Porous metal beach at a fixed slope of about 12 degrees
Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None



Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities None


Control and Data Acquisition
Number of channels 16
Bandwidth(kHz) .025 typical; can measure at higher frequencies if needed
Cameras Yes
Number of Color Cameras 2

Description of Camera Types Digital still cameras; over water video
Available Sensors Acceleration, Acoustics, Displacement, Flow, Power conversion effectiveness and generation, Pressure Range(psi), Turbulence, Velocity
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes
Data Comparison to Computational Models Comparisons to validate and improve CFD models are made periodically.
Integrated Display/Graphics Standard PC-based tools

Test Services
Test Services Yes

On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Fully equipped machine shop with CNC capability
Past Pertinent Test Experience Testing all types of ocean going vehicles, fixed structures, wave energy devices for the past 60 years.
Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics Yes
Types of Co-located facilities A 75x75x5ft basin with a rotating arm
Specializations, Capabilities, and Key
Facility Attributes Not Covered Elsewhere
PIV system for flow field measurement; in-house divers for installation and retrieval as needed

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