SAFL Channel

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Basic Specifications
Facility Name SAFL Channel
Overseeing Organization University of Minnesota Hydrodynamics
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Channel
Length(m) 84.0
Beam(m) 2.8
Depth(m) 1.8

Cost(per day) Contact POC

Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities Yes
Maximum Velocity(m/s) 6.1

Length of Effective Tow(m) 76.0
Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes
Maximum Wave Height(m) 0.4

Maximum Wave Length(m) 6.6
Wave Period Range(s) 0.0
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0.0
Programmable Wavemaking No
Wavemaking Description Programmable control of wave making is currently in development and will be available in fall of 2009.
Wave Direction Uni-Directional
Simulated Beach Yes
Description of Beach Channel is sufficiently adaptable to allow simulation of beach
Channel/Tunnel/Flume Yes
Velocity(m/s) 6.1
Recirculating No

Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities None

Control and Data Acquisition
Description General PC-based Data Acquisition System
Number of channels 16
Bandwidth(kHz) 2000
Cameras Yes
Number of Color Cameras 8

Description of Camera Types Digital (30fps and greater), submersible; 4 standards DVC; 4 high-speed EPIX
Available Sensors Acceleration, Displacement, Flow, Power conversion effectiveness and generation, Pressure Range(psi), Thermal, Turbulence, Velocity
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes
Data Comparison to Computational Models Have in-house CFD capability as well as commercial code CFD

Test Services
Test Services Yes
Utility Services Available Single- and three-phase power accessible city tap water; Mississippi River water
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Full metal, wood and plastics fabrication on-site; machinists on staff
Past Pertinent Test Experience SAFL has over 70 years of research and testing experience in instrumenting and conducting physical model tests of hydraulic structures. University faculty and staff researchers provide a unique blend of fundamental perspectives with application.
Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics None

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