Ocean basin

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 SINTEF Ocean, 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.