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Hydrodynamic Research Laboratory

  • Location and Mission

The Hydrodynamic Research Laboratory is integrated into the Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering Laboratory, located on a 5000 m2 area at Yildiz Technical University (YTU) Davutpasa Campus in Istanbul. This laboratory conducts physical modeling studies for strategic investments, utilizing advanced technologies in areas such as coastal and marine structures (design of port structures for commercial or tourism purposes, offshore platforms, submarine pipelines, and energy lines, planning and development of offshore energy production systems, etc.) and ship design (maneuver and hydrodynamic tests of commercial and military vessels).

  • Application Areas

Two and three-dimensional model tests are conducted in the laboratory, including:

•    Port planning, turbulence models inside the port,
•    Wave interaction of coastal and offshore structures,
•    Stability tests,
•    Solid transport models,
•    Tsunami effect,
•    Berthing tests for marine vessels,
•    Navigation tests for submarines and surface vehicles,
•    Submarine structures,
•    Global climate change models,
•    Offshore structures,
•    Wind and/or wave energy turbines,
•    Moving seabed-structure interaction/local scour modeling,
•    Modeling the behavior of marine structures under seismic loads,
•    Wave transformation experiments, and more.


  • Three-Dimensional (3D) Wave Pool

The wave pool has dimensions of 28.85 m x 36.43 m. It is equipped with a 48-paddle piston-type wave generator designed by HR Wallingford, capable of generating versatile waves. The wave generator can produce regular, irregular, long, and short crested (directional) waves. The wave generator also has an active reflection damping feature to dampen reflected wave energy.

The wave pool includes a bridge crane with a lifting capacity of 5 tons.