The tilting wind-wave tank at Lewes, Delaware, provides a gravity-driven current with an air stream in a wave tank. Unlike most wind-wave tanks, the direction of air flow can be reversed to align the wind with or against the current. A mechanical wave generator can be attached to either end of the tank, and the whole device can tilt up to a 2% slope to generate a current. Experiments particularly suited to the facility include how waves are generated by wind, heat and mass transport across the air-water interface, simulating oceanic phenomena, studying river flow, and scrutinizing two-phase flow problems in chemical engineering. Overall, the facility is 43 m long, 1 m wide, and depth is adjustible between 75 and 135 cm. To imitate a river flow, workers reduce the depth to 75 cm and lower the wind tunnel height.

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Accession Number: 00325801
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM