Ocean basin


The ocean basin laboratory is used for studying basic as well as applied ship and offshore problems. A total environmental simulation including wind, waves and current offers unique testing conditions for models of all types of fixed and floating structures. A water depth of 10 metres offers excellent testing possibilities for deep water structures intended for the offshore industry in future. The ocean basin is operated by MARINTEK , but NTNU has access to the facility through a co-operation agreement.


  • Length: 80 m
  • Width: 50 m
  • Depth: 0-10 m Maximum current velocity approx. 0.2 m/s at 5 m water depth.
  • Down at 7.5 m water depth maximum current velocity is approx. 0.15 m/s.

The carriage system follows free running models with no constraints at speed up to 5 m/s, at any heading to the waves.


  • Seakeeping
  • Ship manoeuvring
  • Fixed and floating structures
  • Mooring systems
  • Energy production from the sea
  • Floating islands
  • Offshore loading systems
  • Offshore floating production
  • Offshore marine operations
  • Subsea systems and operations
  • Pipelines

Double flap wave maker

  • Hydraulic driven, hinged double-flap type.
  • Wave characteristics:
  • Regular waves. Maximum wave height: 0.9 m.
  • Wave periods: 0.8 s and above.
  • Wave spectra: Computer generated or from magnetic tape.

Multiflap wave maker

  • Electrically driven, hinged single-flap type.
  • 144 individually controlled flaps.
  • Wave characteristics:
  • Regular waves: Maximum wave height: 0.4 m.
  • Wave periods: 0.6 s and above.
  • Wave spectra: Computer generated shortcrested or longcrested waves of specified direction.