The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory is a leading center for research and education in coastal engineering and nearshore science with facilities that include a Large Wave Flume (104 m long), Tsunami Wave Basin with multi-directional wavemaker, and control room for on-site researchers. The Large Wave Flume is the largest of its kind in North America. Tsunami Wave Basin is equipped with a large-stroke, directional wavemaker with active wave absorption. These facilities have been used to test 1:15 and 1:33 scale wave energy converters, respectively.
The WESRF provides research, testing and services related to machines and drives, power electronics, hybrid electric vehicles, power systems and renewables. WESRF is the home of the Linear Test Bed, an instrument that creates the relative motion between a spar and heaving buoy to simulate wave action. Eleven wave energy device prototypes have been tested on the Linear Test Bed.
The Aeronautical Laboratory maintains a flume suitable for scale testing of current turbines. The Harris Hydraulics Laboratory is in the process of upgrading its combined wind/wave channel (available late-2015) suitable for scale testing of wave energy devices and mooring systems.