MIT Tow Tank

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Basic Specifications
Facility Name MIT Tow Tank
Overseeing Organization Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hydrodynamics
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Tow Tank
Length(m) 36.6
Beam(m) 2.4
Depth(m) 1.2
Water Type Saltwater
Cost(per day) $750

Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities Yes
Maximum Velocity(m/s) 1.5

Length of Effective Tow(m) 27.4
Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes
Maximum Wave Height(m) 0.1
Maximum Wave Height(m) at Wave Period(s) 3.0
Maximum Wave Length(m) 4.6
Wave Period Range(s) 3.0
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0.0
Programmable Wavemaking Yes
Wavemaking Description Arbitrary spectrum
Wave Direction Uni-Directional
Simulated Beach No

Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None



Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities None


Control and Data Acquisition
Description NI-PCI 6259 NI-DAQmx device; NI-PCI 7344 Motion Control Card; NI-LabView for Data Processing
Number of channels 14 for DAQ; 4 axes controller
Bandwidth(kHz) +/- 10V
Cameras Yes
Number of Color Cameras 1

Description of Camera Types CCD
Available Sensors Acceleration, Force
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes



Test Services
Test Services None



Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics None


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