Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory

  • The Engineering Tank located within the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory

    The engineering tank located within the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory.

  • Turbine test bed

    Turbine test bed in the tow tank is used to test a ducted axial turbine.

  • The tow tank's stainless steel linear guide system provides a smooth and finely adjustable carriage motion.

  • UNH Ocean Engineering Researchers worked with HALO Maritime Defense Systems to analyze the response of the floating barrier to high velocity vessel impacts.

  • Wave - Tow Tank

    The Wave - Tow Tank is located within the 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 Wave/Tow Tank

The tank measures 12’ x 100’ x 8’ and 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

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)

High Speed Cavitation Tunnel (HiCaT)

The high speed cavitation tunnel is an experimental facility for hydrodynamics and cavitation research.


Ongoing research at JACOEL includes:

  • Improving sensors used for hydrographic, ocean and coastal mapping.
  • Developing new and innovative approaches for the 3D and 4D visualization of hydrographic and ocean mapping data sets.
  • Developing collision-tolerant aids to navigation.
  • Developing environmental modeling and oil spill response technology.
  • Applying 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.