Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory
The Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory (JACOEL) is equipped with state-of-the-art testing facilities for underwater/ocean engineering. Resident faculty use the laboratory to conduct research in the areas of ocean engineering, ocean mapping, ocean acoustics, hydrogeology, and hydrographic surveying. Graduate and undergraduate students also take advantage of JACOEL to support their thesis work.
The tank measures 12’ x 100’ x 8’, enables research that involves towing test bodies and subjecting them to wave action. Wave action is possible using a hydraulic wave generator that can produce 2- to 5-second waves that are up to half a meter in height.
The engineering tank measuring 60’ x 40’ x 20’, is used for a variety of experiments that require simulating unobstructed open water environments.
High Speed Cavitation Tunnel (HiCaT)
The high speed cavitation tunnel is a new experimental facility for hydrodynamics and cavitation research
Ongoing research at JACOEL includes:
- Improving of sensors used for hydrographic, ocean and coastal mapping.
- Developing of new and innovative approaches for the 3D and 4D visualization of hydrographic and ocean mapping data sets.
- Developing of collision-tolerant aids to navigation.
- Developing of environmental modeling and oil spill response technology.
- Applying of GIS technology to coastal meteorology and oceanography.
The lab is located at UNH’s Durham campus and is home to the Ocean Engineering Center and the headquarters for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, which develops tools to advance ocean mapping and trains future ocean mappers.