The Cantabria Coastal and Ocean Basin is a combination of three integrated systems to be used in the applied research of coastal and offshore engineering: experimental, numerical and physical modelling system.

The main goal of the physical modelling system is to carry out testing to measure hydrodynamic and wave-structure interaction processes, which can include the sediment transport effects, the effects of tsunamis and the wave-current and wave-wind interaction. The physical modelling system also includes a wave/current flume able to generate waves, including long-waves such as tsunamis, and following or opposing currents, as well as a large open-area reserve for physical modelling of undefined boundary studies, such as river meanders, estuaries and ports.

Main characteristics:

  • Length: 30m
  • Width: 44m
  • Maximum depth: 3.4 m
  • Minimum depth: 0.2 m
  • Maximum available testing area: 760 m2
  • Wave generation: Segmented system formed by 64 independent wave paddles (0.5m wide and 4.5 m high). Each one is triggered by two articulated arms and a vertical connecting rod. Full 3D active wave absorption. Passive wave absorbers around the full perimeter. Non-linear wave generation, and second order long-wave generation. Lateral panels for directional wave generation with virtual paddles (corner reflection method, increases the width of the wave machine)
  • Current generator: 12 thrusters, 900 mm in diameter and 25 kW/thruster
  • Wind generator: Group of 9 computer controlled wind fans mounted on a closed portable and variable height frame with a wind stabilisation system and funnel.

Node: CCOB

Localization: IH-CANTABRIA