Tow Tank

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This tow tank is equipped with a carriage capable of speeds up to 4.5m/s.  Fitted to this is a 'Cussons' dynamometer capable of measuring drag and sideforce, (125N and 2x125N), heave, pitch, yaw moment and roll moment.  The tank is also fitted with a wavemaker, capable of generating regular and 'sea spectrum' waves.  In the past it has been used for testing and evaluating 'small scale' wave energy generating devices.  Companies using this service have commented on how quickly the tank 'settles' between each experiment, and what good value the tank is for initial concept evaluation experiments, before moving to larger scale testing.  The tank has also been used for helicopter ditch tests.

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