MTU WAVE is the collaborative wave tank laboratory at Michigan Technological University dedicated to advancing research and development in the field of floating offshore technologies. Our state-of-the-art, Edinburgh Designs wave tank provides highly controlled conditions that enable us to validate complex mathematical models, execute wave energy converter control studies and test the performance of floating or underwater structures. Join us in diving into the exciting field of wave tank research!
Our wave tank has capabilities for:
- 10m x 3m x 1m concrete and glass basin
- 8 independently controlled paddles
- Regular and irregular wave generation
- Wave gauges, Qualisys motion tracking system, and more
- Time-synchronization across all measurements and control signals
- Buoy dynamometers
Deep Dive Dynamics
MTU Wave pairs machine learning with model predictive controls to help engineers measure key parameters accurately and predict wave energy converter (WEC) behavior.
- Low to high fidelity models
- Batch and real-time implementations
- Cross collaboration model validation
- Linear and nonlinear models
- Wide variety of software utilized
- Exploit large nonlinear behavior
- Neural Networks & Machine Learning
- Optimal Control
- Validate model, simulate and test
- Nonlinear Controls
- Wave Energy Converters Control Optimization
- Model Validation of Nonlinear WEC Models
- Shape Optimization of WECs.
- Hydrodynamic Forces on WECs
MTU Wave Tank In Action
Watch the MTU wave tank as it generates a range of wave profiles, from regular to chaotic ones, you'll witness the full spectrum of wave dynamics. Ideal for scientists and engineers studying floating structures. Come make some waves with us!
Grad students simulating different wave profiles.
Installation of an oscillating water column for the Marine Energy Collegiate Competition.
Array of floating solar panels test.
Regular maintenance procedure to keep the water at the right PH and chlorine levels.
Qualisys motion tracking system.
Turbine testing for energy harvest.