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Coastal Engineering Laboratory

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The laboratory of Maritime Engineering, inaugurated on February 5th 2014, is constituted of a channel for reproduction of 2D wave phenomena. The channel is 40 m long, 2 m wide and 1.90 m deep. The channel structure is of reinforced-concrete; both the walls are of reinforced-concrete, for a stretch 16 m long, whereas of crystal panels for the remaining length, in order to allow direct observation and shooting of the reproduced phenomena, which can be monitored from above too. The channel is equipped with an up-to-date wave-maker of piston type produced by HR Wallingford that allows production of regular, irregular and solitary waves. In order to mitigate reflection effects, the wave-maker is specially provided with a dynamic system, whereas a passive absorber constituted by a parabolic grid is installed at the opposite end. Level measures are taken by a number of resistive gauges whereas velocity measure by gauges of ADV type (Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter).

The channel is sheltered by a canopy that allow the operators to work safe from rain and sun.

Physical and numerical modelling


  • Coastal structures including seawalls, breakwaters and jetties;
  • breakwater and port and harbor configurations;
  • coastal geomorphology;
  • tsunami generation;
  • wave refraction and transformation;
  • sediment transport;
  • beach erosion and shoreline changes;
  • storm Surge and inundation;
  • wave load on structures;
  • tidal flushing;
  • breaking and run-up numerical models.
  • Scale model testing
  • Structure stability;
  • wave impact;
  • overtopping;
  • renewable Energy (wave and tidal energy);
  • run-up characteristics on beaches and coastal structures.


Other capabilities

  • Shoreline localization;
  • historical data review;
  • field surveys and observations;
  • feasibility studies;
  • economic/benefit analysis;
  • environmental resource mapping;
  • computer modeling of waves, tides and shoreline response.