MHL Student Tunnel

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Basic Specifications
Facility Name MHL Student Tunnel
Overseeing Organization University of Michigan Hydrodynamics
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Channel
Length(m) 1.4
Beam(m) 0.4
Depth(m) 0.3

Cost(per day) $2000(+ Labor/Materials)

Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities None



Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities None










Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume Yes
Velocity(m/s) 4.6
Recirculating No

Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities None


Control and Data Acquisition
Description Custom Data Acquisition System using National Instruments hardware; system compatible with Planing Hull and Floating Beam Dynamometers
Number of channels 16
Bandwidth(kHz) 20
Cameras Yes


Description of Camera Types Wide variety of analog & digital surface cameras; high speed above and underwater cameras
Available Sensors Acceleration, Acoustics, Displacement, Flow, Thermal, Velocity
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes

Integrated Display/Graphics Custom MHL Data Acquisition System includes graphical displays for the results of each sampling channel.

Test Services
Test Services Yes
Utility Services Available Electrical -120VAC - 208VAC 3-Phase - 480VAC 3-Phase; pressurized air service - 80 psi; city water service - 60 psi
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Machine shop including lathe, mill, TIG/MIG/ARC welding, plasma cutter, vertical/horizontal band saw; wood shop including lathe, table/band saw, wide variety of power tools; access to 3+ axis routersv
Past Pertinent Test Experience The MHL has been in continuous operation since 1904 as the largest academic physical model basin in the United States. The MHL has designed many custom testing dynamometers to accommodate many complex testing scenarios. The MHL has the experience and ability to fabricate, instrument, and execute many types of data collection platforms.
Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics None


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