School of Marine Science and Technology | Hydrodynamics Laboratory - Newcastle Towing Tank

Newcastle Towing Tank

Virtual Tours - Armstrong BuildingSince its construction in 1951 the Towing Tank at Newcastle has been in almostcontinuous use. Since then, the tank has been regularly updated to keep abreast of modern trends. This includes the fitting of wave making and electronic recording equipment. Recent upgrades include the installation of a state-of-the-art motor control system to enhance very slow speed and high speed testing capabilities.

The Towing Tank is used mainly for calm water, wave resistance and seakeeping experiments. Models are towed using a monorail carriage system that has a maximum speed of 3 m/s in its normal mode. The carriage can be remotely or manually controlled, while the 32 channel data retrieval system is on-line to a PC.
A recent innovation is a modern telemetry system which will allow data
to be sampled without any wired connections between the carriage and
shore based equipment.


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The wavemakers can be used to generate regular waves of up to 0.12 m in height and wave periods in the range of 0.5 to 2 seconds. They are also capable of generating long crested random seas using a variety of wave spectra.


Tank length 37 m
Width 3.7 m
Water depth 1.25 m
Normal Carriage velocity 3 m/s

Hydrodynamics Laboratory (Towing Tank)

Wave capability

Period range 0.5 - 2 Sec
Wave height 0.02 - 0.12m (Period Dependent)


For further information, contact:
Peter Bowes
Facilities Manager
Hydrodynamics Laboratory (Towing Tank)Telephone +44 (0)191 208 6919