"Water technology testing facilities" - Marine performance evaluation and testing facilities / Offshore engineering basin
Research facility highlights
This indoor model ocean generates waves, current and wind to simulate real-world marine conditions. Scale models of technology concepts are either moored or self-propelled, and their motions recorded by on-board inertial sensors and optical tracking systems. For ships, tests include sea-keeping, manoeuvring and station keeping (both moored and dynamically positioned), and for structures, tests include forces on structures due to wave impact, interactions between ships and/or structures, topside mating, set-down and other operations of moored floating structures and bottom-founded structures.
What we offer
NRC's offshore engineering basin is one of the world's most advanced indoor facilities. Measuring 75 × 32 with a depth of 2.8 , the basin is equipped with 10 sub-floor lanes of hydraulically controlled thrusters (1000 total) that generate surface currents of 0.04 – 0.75 depending on water depth. Regular seas and long and short crested irregular seas, up to 1 in height, are generated by 168 individually controlled and vertically adjustable wavemaker segments. Having wavemakers in an "L" configuration on two walls enables us to generate complex sea conditions that mimic real ocean environments, like multi-directional sea states. Wind generation is provided by an adjustable horizontal array of 12 analog controller fans.
The basin has a 256 channel capability with data rates of up to 100 , 16 bit resolution. Large ship models up to 4.5 in length can be accommodated as well as offshore structures up to 6 in diameter. Our ability to vary the water depth allows us to examine shallow-water conditions in the range of 12 or less. As well, the wavewaker's ability to vary the direction of wave propagation saves time, as moored and bottom-founded structures don't require rotation during testing periods.
Why work with us?
In working with industry to bridge the gap between innovation and commercialization, NRC plays a critical role in de-risking and demonstrating technologies in order to support industry bringing them to market. Working with NRC offers you the competitive advantage of world-class, customizable testing facilities combined with the broad knowledge and experience of our in-house research staff. NRC capitalizes on our professional employees who have extensive experience in advanced engineering for complex water environments.
Fees vary depending on the project and your requirements. For further information, contact Portfolio Business Advisor, Mark Murphy, at 709-772-2105, or by email at: Mark.Murphy@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.