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Wave Tank

A new wave tank facility opening at the University of Edinburgh promises new capabilities to simulate ocean wave behavior. The circular 25m diameter wave tank is lined with 168 wave makers and is equipped with 28 submerged flow-drive units. Together, these allow the tank to simultaneously simulate nearly any wave type as well as tidal currents up to 1.6 m/s. The facility is intended for 1/20th scale modeling; projected to full-size, this means that the tank is capable of making waves representative of 28 m high ocean waves and tidal currents in excess of 12 knots. It’s expected to be particularly valuable in the development and testing of wave and tidal motion generators for clean energy. For more, see BBC News and FloWave’s own website.  (Image credit: Brightspace/BBC News; submitted by srikard)

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