The Emerson Cavitation Tunnel was originally installed in the School of Marine Science and Technology in 1949 and entered service in 1950-51. The tunnel was completely modernised in 1980, and was further equipped with modern flow measurement systems in 2000. An enhanced measuring section with higher speed capability and matching control systems was installed during 2007.
The Emerson Cavitation Tunnel provides an efficient service to the marine
sector, including ship owners, shipyards and propeller manufacturers.
As well as commercial consultancy services, the Emerson Cavitation Tunnel,
which is the only cavitation tunnel in the UK, offers background research and
development services to academia for cavitation, noise, propulsion, turbines,
coatings and hydrodynamics related activities.
The tunnel maintains its own scientific and technical staff, with comprehensive mechanical, electrical, electronic and model making technician support from
within the School of Marine Science and Technology.
We have undertaken many recent projects which include:
TARGETS, STREAMLINE, AMBIO, FASTPOD and many more.
Or please contact: Professor Mehmet Atlar
The NEW Emmerson Cavitation Tunnel
Webcam showing current construction status of the new facility being constructed in Blyth to provide the new home for the Emerson Cavitation Tunnel. The building is expected to be complete by July 2016, with the tunnel recommissioned by January 2017. The tunnel will be removed from its current campus location and refurbished prior to installation from April 2016.