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Ocean Laboratory

The Ocean Basin Laboratory is used for basic as well as applied research on marine structures and operations. A total environmental simulation including wind, waves and current offers a unique possibility for testing of models in realistic conditions. With a depth of 10 metres and a water surface of 50x80m the Ocean Basin Laboratory is an excellent tool for investigation of existing or future challenges within marine technology.

Contact person

SINTEF Ocean`s Ocean Basin Laboratory


  • Seakeeping
  • Ship manoeuvring
  • Fixed offshore structures
  • Shallow water problems
  • Mooring and DP systems
  • Offshore floating production
  • Offshore loading systems
  • Offshore marine operations
  • Subsea systems and operations
  • Risers and pipelines
  • Energy production from the sea
  • Aquaculture

Ocean basin laboratory data

  • Length: 80 m
  • Width: 50 m
  • Depth: 0-10 m

Maximum current velocity in wave surface:

  • 0.25 m/s at 2 m. water depth
  • 0.18 m/s at 5 m. water depth

Double flap wave maker

  • Hinged double-flap type.
  • Regular waves.
  • Maximum wave height: 0.9 m
  • Wave periods: 0.8 s and above.
  • Wave spectra: Maximum HS: 0.5 m
  • TP from 0.8s and above

Multiflap wave maker

  • Hinged single-flap type. 144 individually controlled flaps.
  • Regular waves: Maximum wave height: 0.4 m
  • Wave periods: 0.6 s and above.
  • Wave spectra: Shortcrested or longcrested waves of specified direction.
  • Maximum HS 0.2 m
  • TP from 0.7s and above.

The carriage system follows free running models with no constraints at speed up to 5 m/s, at any heading to the waves.

Contact information

Contact person: Maxime Thys

Visiting addresses
Paul Fjermstads veg 59
7052 Trondheim, Norway