Wave Tank

To further verify ocean wavelength performance for the WET-NZ device, NWEI partnered with Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) at Oregon State University (OSU) to conduct a series of wave tank tests at the OSU Tsunami Wave Basin, the largest wave tank in North America.  In fall 2011, we designed and fabricated a scaled model of the WET-NZ device and performed targeted hydrodynamic tests in the wave tank.  Data analysis was completed in spring 2012, and the results were used to finalize the design of the ½ scale WET-NZ device and mooring system that was deployed at the NNMREC open ocean test berth off the coast of Oregon in August 2012.

1/30 scale model in an 11-meter, 16.7-second sea state