MHL Tow Tank

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Basic Specifications
Facility Name MHL Tow Tank
Overseeing Organization University of Michigan Hydrodynamics
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Tow Tank
Length(m) 109.7
Beam(m) 6.7
Depth(m) 3.7

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

Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities Yes
Maximum Velocity(m/s) 6.7

Length of Effective Tow(m) 103.6
Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes
Maximum Wave Height(m) 0.5

Wave Period Range(s) 0.0
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0.0
Programmable Wavemaking Yes
Wavemaking Description Regular and irregular wave spectrum
Wave Direction Uni-Directional
Simulated Beach Yes
Description of Beach Concrete beach
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None

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
Data Comparison to Computational Models 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 routers
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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