High Speed Basin
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With its strong carriage and long length (220 m), the High Speed Basin is an ideal test facility for testing high-speed vessels but also for testing risers at high Reynold’s numbers. The performance of high-speed vessels with conventional propellers, water jets or hybrid solutions can be optimised. Tests are conducted in ahead and in astern wave conditions. A special set-up is available for forced oscillation tests to study vortex-induced vibrations (VIV).

Dimensions 200 m × 4 m, 4 m deep
Carriage Carriage Manned, motor-driven main carriage
Maximum carriage speed 10 m/s
Type of drive system and total power Thyristor power supply, 210 kW
Driven by water jet released from pressure vessel at 350 bar
Other capabilities Forced oscillation equipment
Wave generator capabilities Regular and irregular waves
Wave period 0.3 - 5 s
Wave direction 0 - 180 deg
Wave height up to 0.4 m (significant)
Wave maker type and extent Hydraulic flap type, on short side
Beach type Lattice on circular arc plates
Wave measurements Portable electric resistance type wave probes and servo-controlled wave probes
Water depth Adjustable between 3.5 and 4.0 m
Instrumentation MMS (measuring frequency up to 10,000 Hz
40 channels (extendable)
High speed film and video recording equipment available
Model size range Ship model length 2 - 5 m, floating structures ranging from 0.2 to 3 m
Model tracking techniques Air-lubricated bearings with potentiometers for resistance tests on fast displacement ships
Model fixed to high speed carriage for very fast (planing) hulls
Optical tracking systems for moored objects or self-propelled ships
Instrumentation .

Test capabilities
  • Resistance and self-propulsion tests in calm water and in waves of models of ships and high speed craft
  • Testing of hydrofoils at high speed
  • Seakeeping tests on high speed ships
  • Launching, up-ending, installation, template mating and critical wave tests for offshore platforms
  • Stability tests for offshore structures
  • VIM tests (forced oscillation)
For more information on the High Speed Basin, please contact the Ships Powering department or Offshore department.

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