Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory
The Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, built in 1994, is home to the Ocean Engineering Center, the Marine Program Administrative Offices, and the headquarters for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC).
Equipped with state of the art testing facilities for underwater/ocean engineering the Lab has three test tanks. The Tow Tank/Wave Tank, measuring 12' x 100' x 8' deep, enables research where test bodies can be towed, subjected to wave action or both. Wave creation is possible using a hydraulic wave generator that can produce 2 to 5 second waves of maximum amplitude 0.5m.
The Engineering Tank, a 60 x 40 x 20 foot tank, is used for a variety of experiments where simulating unobstructed, open water environments, is required. The Flume Tank is used to simulate open water channel flow. It is capable of producing an even flow speed of up to 3.5 knots through the test area. Its dimensions of 45' x 4' x 4' award it an accurate test length of approximately 32 feet.