Penn Reverberant Tank

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Basic Specifications
Facility Name Penn Reverberant Tank
Overseeing Organization Pennsylvania State University Hydrodynamics
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Reverberant Tank
Length(m) 7.9
Beam(m) 5.3
Depth(m) 5.5
Water Type Freshwater
Cost(per day) Contact POC
Special Physical Features Structurally isolated hydrodynamic acoustics testing. Lined with an absorber on four sides and bottom with three 0.5x0.5 meter underwater viewing ports. Mechanical oscillation of a small-scale test unit-simulation of oscillating flow for wave or tidal excitation.
Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities None



Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities None










Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None



Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities None


Control and Data Acquisition
Description LDS/Nicolet Digital recorder, 16-bit
Number of channels 16
Bandwidth(kHz) 500
Cameras None



Available Sensors Acoustics, Pressure Range(psi), Thermal, Vibration
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes
Data Comparison to Computational Models Numerous Naval propulsor prototype designs with verification and Validation studies.
Integrated Display/Graphics Microsoft Windows based systems
Other Data Capabilites State-of-the-art non-invasive flow diagnostics (PIV,LDV, LIF, flow visualization, optical vibrometry), dynomometer design and manufacture, advanced data analysis, regulatory quality testing and data analysis.
Test Services
Test Services Yes
Utility Services Available CFD, structural and flow acoustics and vibration
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Mutli-axis, NC machining; Unigraphics CAD; Prototype device design and manufacture; instrument design and manufacture
Past Pertinent Test Experience Design, manufacture and test hydrodynamic turbomachinery for Naval applications; powering and energy extraction testing; material testing in cavitating environments; hydro and structural acoustic/vibration analysis and testing; advanced flow diagnostics
Special Characteristics
Types of Co-located facilities Tunnels
Specializations, Capabilities, and Key
Facility Attributes Not Covered Elsewhere
Naval hydrodynamics, device health monitoring, composites R&D and manufacture, power systems; materials R&D with emphasis on marine environment survivability

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