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Stony Brook flume commissioned

We have built a bespoke current and wave tank for the Stony Brook University, New York State.

The tank can be seen in action on our Youtube page.

The tank features our first production Wet Back Piston Wavemaker. The machine is 25m long, 1.5m wide x 1.5m deep and is designed to operate in depths up to 1m.

Stony Brook wave and flow coastal flume






The tank has glass sides to allow observation of experiments and stainless steel base trays.

The tank will be used for a wide variety of coastal engineering experiments.

FloWave tank officially opened

Edinburgh University’s spectacular new circular wave and current tank, designed and built by Edinburgh Designs, has been officially opened.  This tank can create 360 degree waves and current, independently of each other, and has been designed to simulate wave conditions anywhere in European seas.  Waves are created using 168 paddles arranged around the tank, and strong tidal flow conditions can be simulated using 28 propellers located under the floor.  The centre of the floor can be raised to the surface to assist in setting up devices.

Read more and see a video of the tank in operation on the BBC news website.

Construction underway on new UCC Beaufort Laboratory

Construction is underway on the new Beaufort Laboratory which will house University College Cork’s new National Ocean Test Facility.  Edinburgh Designs is supplying 16 2.5m flap wavemakers for a deep water flume, along with a hydraulically driven movable floor, for the main deep water basin.  A coastal flume will be fitted with 8 0.7m flap wakemakers, also supplied by Edinburgh Designs.  The third basin, the Ocean Wave Basin, will have wave generation provided by the relocated 40 x 0.7m flap wavemaker originally built by Edinburgh Designs for UCC in 1993 .

See artist’s impressions of the new building here.

FloWave tank now making waves.

The FloWave tank at the University of Edinburgh is now complete and making waves.  The video below shows a large focus event from all directions, something uniquely possible in a circular tank.

Carderock basin officially opens

The US Navy’s new upgrade to the Manouvering and Seakeeping (MASK) basin was officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony on 19th December by Dr. John Holdren, assistant to the president for Science and Technology.

The upgrade to the 360-foot long and 240 foot-wide (110x73m) facility consists of 216 flap paddles designed by Edinburgh Designs Ltd, and can reproduce a wide variety of scale model sea conditions with continuous regular waves up to 1 metre in height possible.

Read the full story on ABC news

Construction underway on US Navy MASK Basin upgrade.

Construction has begun on the upgrade to wave generating equipment at the US Navy’s Manouvering And Sea Keeping (MASK) basin. The basin, part of the Navy’s Carderock Division, is one of the largest mavouvering basins in the world and, once complete in late 2013, will have 216 flap wave generators capable of producing a total of over one megawatt of wave energy.