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Khalifa University Center for Robotics and Autonomous Systems Wave Tank with 32×1.8m flap paddles

The Khalifa University Center for Robotics and Autonomous Systems was established in 2018 to conduct pioneering research in robotics relevant to industry and society.

Edinburgh Designs and Alghanem Trading & Contracting Ltd have built a complex Robotics Environment Tank with cross flow, waves and instrumentation gantry.

The tank was completed in late 2021 and features 32×1.8m paddles in a double ended arrangement. 12 flow ducts provide flow across the width of the tank. The tank is 8m wide x 18m long x 3m deep.

For more information and to follow the latest research being conducted in the facility see:

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Ecole Centrale de Nantes Wide Tank with 48 x 2.8m flap paddles Full Upgrade

The Ecole Centrale de Nantes Wide Tank was originally commissioned in 2001.

The tank is 30m wide x 4.6m deep x 46m long and features 48 x 2.8m Hinge Depth Force Feedback Absorbing Paddles and an ED desiged parabolic beach.

In 2022, we comprehensively upgraded the system. The upgrade included: The Latest Njord Software New electrical cabinets, drive amplifiers, control cards, force transducers, limit switches and motors New mechanical consumable parts (belts, bearings, gusset, rubber parts etc.)

New towing tank at Hochschule Emden/Leer

The new maritime laboratory at Hochschule Emden/Leer is built around a new towing tank by Edinburgh Designs.

The tank is 33m long and 3m wide and features 8×0.7m hinge depth force feedback flaps in a movable box module.

The Towing machine is capable of 5m/s and high acceleration rates.

The new laboratory is design to falilitate the validation of their state of the art CFD research.

Have a virtual tour of their new laboratory by clicking here.

Single piston machine at USNA Annapolis

A new single piston machine has been commissioned at the highly prestigious United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

USNA annapolis single DP500 piston

The machine was tested fully in Edinburgh Designs laboratory before shipment and was installed by USNA staff in their coastal flume.

Mini Flap Paddle for the NTNU Karmsund Flume

Back in the 1980’s, Edunburgh Universities Professor Stephen Salter installed a single flap wavemaker for Professor Johannes Falnes at NTNU. It fits that Edinburgh Designs would be the company to replace this machine almost 40 years later.
The new machine is a single dry back force feedback flap paddle with a set of 8 wave gauges.