Networking activities - Inventory of facilities
In the fifth Framework Program of the European Community the members of the infrastructure cooperation network HYDRALAB have made an inventory of experimental facilities in Europe. This inventory focuses on experimental facilities in the fields of hydraulics, geophysical fluid dynamics, ship dynamics and ice engineering research.
All members of HYDRALAB have participated in this inventory by collecting data on facilities that were supplied by the various institutes with experimental facilities.
The objective is to provide the European Community with an overview of the most important characteristics of the hydrodynamic and ice-engineering facilities in the European Community and associated countries.
In the six Framework Programme this inventory is further extended and made available on the HYDRALAB web site. These activities were funded by the EC through the integrated infrastructure initiative HYDRALAB III.
How does this inventory work?
The facilities in this inventory are grouped in 8 types:
- Basins (both for marine research with waves and/or (tidal) currents and research on inland water issues)
- Multi directional wave basins
- Flumes (both for marine research and for research on inland water issues)
- Towing tanks for ship dynamics research
- Cavitation tunnels
- Rotation basins for research on coriolis dominated issues
- Facilities for ice research
- Other hydraulic facilities
The list of facilities displayed can be focused by using one or more of the selection criteria:
- facility type,
- length (minimum/maximum)
- depth (minimum/maximum)
- surface (minimum/maximum)
The information found will present the following items:
- Provider/contact: name, city/town and country of location and the contact person.
- Facility overview: name and type of facility, special properties and provider remarks
- Facility details: Depending on the facility the following information will be displayed: Length (m), width (m), max. water depth (m), model size (m), carriage speed (m/s), velocity (m) or discharge (m3/s), waves (type and max height (m), wave length (m) max sediment transport (m3/s).
The display of the facilities is sorted according to the dimensions from large to small. The flume facilities are sorted by depth. The rotation facilities are sorted by diameter. The remained facilities are sorted by surface.