Capabilities for Research and Testing

The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory has outstanding capabilities for research, testing, and education in tsunamis, coastal engineering, and related areas. Example projects include:

Tsunami Research

  • Landslide-generated tsunamis
  • Tsunami runup and overland flow
  • Tsunami-structure interaction

Sediment Suspension and Transport

  • Initiation of sediment suspension
  • Cross-shore and longshore sediment transport
  • Longshore sediment transport
  • Cohesive sediment transport
  • Scour around piles and seawalls

Nearshore Hydrodynamics

  • Wave transformation
  • Wave breaking and surf zone turbulence
  • Swash dynamics
  • Longshore currents and undertow
  • Multiphase flow

Wave-Structure Interaction

  • Coastal structure stability and performance
  • Wave runup and overtopping of coastal structures
  • Floating breakwaters and mooring systems
  • Vessel wake´┐Żstructure interaction
  • Design codes for coastal buildings and infrastructure

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

  • Transport and mixing in the nearshore
  • Bottom boundary layer dynamics
  • Outfalls in waves and currents