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Flanders Maritime Laboratory, new large scale facilities for towing tank and wave basin research
Geerts, S.; Delefortrie, G.; Lataire, E.; Troch, P. (2019). Flanders Maritime Laboratory, new large scale facilities for towing tank and wave basin research, in: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Hydraulic Modelling and Measuring Technology (ISHMMT 2018), 30th May - 1st June, Nanjing, China. pp. [1-7]
In: (2019). Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Hydraulic Modelling and Measuring Technology (ISHMMT 2018), 30th May - 1st June, Nanjing, China. IAHR/NHRI: [s.l.]. , meer

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    Containers > Tanks > Towing tanks
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    Wave basins; Hydraulic scale models

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Abstract
    In 2009, a project was initiated at Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR, Department of Mobility and Public Works, Government of Flanders, Belgium) to build a second, larger towing tank. Separately, at the universities of Ghent and Leuven (Belgium), a coastal and ocean basin (COB) was designed. Both projects merged when the Government of Flanders got involved in the COB. On September 30th, 2016, the Government of Flanders approved the development of the Flanders Maritime Laboratory (Ostend, Belgium) which will house a larger towing tank, a new ship simulator and the wave basin. The civil construction will be completed by May 2019 and all facilities will be operational by 2021. The towing tank will be used to perform shallow water manoeuvring and seakeeping experiments with ship models up to 8 meters long. This exploitation, partly commercial, will mainly provide data for mathematical manoeuvring models used in the ship simulators to be able to remain state of the art facilities as ships are getting longer and larger. The coastal and ocean basin will combine the generation of waves and currents to create a state of the art large scale hydraulic modelling environment while remaining cost efficient in operation. Among other things, coastal protection projects, wave energy conversion tests or wave-current interaction research can be performed in the COB. A large central pit will enable the modelling of tethered or fixed offshore constructions and a wind generator is used to serve clients working on wind energy generation or allow them to consider wind loads on floating or fixed structures.

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