OTRC Wave Basin

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Basic Specifications
Facility Name OTRC Wave Basin
Overseeing Organization Texas A&M (OTRC)
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Wave Basin
Length(m) 45.7
Beam(m) 30.5
Depth(m) 5.8
Water Type Freshwater
Cost(per day) $300/hour (excluding labor)
Special Physical Features 4.6m wide x 9.1m long x 16.8m deep pit with adjustable depth floor in test area
Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities Yes
Maximum Velocity(m/s) 0.6

Length of Effective Tow(m) 27.4
Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes
Maximum Wave Height(m) 0.9
Maximum Wave Height(m) at Wave Period(s) 4.0
Maximum Wave Length(m) 25
Wave Period Range(s) 4.0
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0.6
Programmable Wavemaking Yes
Wavemaking Description GEDAP 3D wave generation software, 48 hinged flap wave generator
Wave Direction Both
Simulated Beach Yes
Description of Beach Progressive porosity vertical expanded metal wave absorber over 38 ft length of basin
Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None



Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities Yes
Wind Velocity Range(m/s) 12.2
Other Characteristics Bank of 16 fans with variable speed control for low frequency gustiness.
Control and Data Acquisition
Description Neff Series 100 data acquisition system; Neff Series 300 signal conditioning units; GDAC data acquisition software
Number of channels 96
Bandwidth(kHz) 100
Cameras Yes
Number of Color Cameras 6

Description of Camera Types 6-camera Qualisys optical tracking system, surface & underwater video
Available Sensors Acceleration, Acoustics, Displacement, Flow, Load Cells, Pressure Range(psi), Thermal, Turbulence, Velocity, Wave Probe
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes
Data Comparison to Computational Models Available upon request
Integrated Display/Graphics GEDAP data analysis sofware
Other Data Capabilites Statistical/spectral data analysis for quality control. Secure data archival and transfer to client in near real-time.
Test Services
Test Services Yes
Utility Services Available Model design and fabrication; material procurement and assembly; instrumentation design, fabrication, procurement and deployment; model installation with diving support
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Machine shop on site for fabrication of moorings, fixtures, etc.; five-ton capacity bridge crane; model hull fabrication out-sourced
Past Pertinent Test Experience Over 85 commercial projects conducted from 1991 to 2008; TLPs, spars, semisubmersibles, FPSOs, drillships, wave energy buoys
Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics Yes
Types of Co-located facilities Access to Haynes Coastal Engineering Lab and Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel

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