A 1:50-scale offshore model testing facility that accurately simulates towing tests, variable water depths, and scaled wind and wave conditions that represent some of the worst storms possible anywhere on Earth


  • Wind/Wave Basin Testing
  • Scale Model Fabrication
  • Offshore Wind Design
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Numerical Modeling and Simulation
  • Coupled Analysis
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Offshore Testing
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Coastal Resiliency  
  • Nearshore testing


The W2

In 2015, the Center received its largest philanthropic gift to date from the Harold Alfond Foundation to name the $13.8 million Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Labs.

Wave Basin

  • 30 meters long by 9 m wide (98 x 30 ft) with a 
  • height of  0-4.5m allowing for highly customisable weather conditions.

Multi-directional Wave Generator

  • 16-paddle wavemaker capabilities:
    • Wave height: 0.05 to 0.8m, 
    • Period Range: 0.5 to 5s, 
    • Wave Types: Regular, Irregular, Long and Short crested, and custom time history
  •  Can produce wave angles in excess of +/- 60 degrees relative to the basin centerline. 
  • Maximum wave height  0.6 m at T = 1.65 seconds and 0.8 m at T = 2.3 seconds.

Towing System

  • Maximum speed of 1 meters/second (3.3 feet/second)
  • Can support model fixturing and instrumentation

Wind Generator

  • 7 m wide x 3.5 m tall test area 
  • Generate wind speeds up to 12 m/s with flow direction relative to waves up to 180 degrees.

In-House Model Design and Fabrication Capabilities

  • Model design and fabrication services utilizing a variety of materials including metals, composites, plastics, foams, and others. 
  • Model characterization including mass, center of gravity, moment of inertia, and 3D geometry scanning
  • In-house fabrication capabilities include a water jet, welder, CNC machine, 3D printer, and other options. See full ASCC capabilities here.


  • National Instruments hardware and software to accommodate a large variety of instrumentation including force, acceleration, and velocity measurements. Non-contact motion tracking above and below the water is made possible by two linked Qualisys camera systems.
  • Flexible synchronization and data I/O allow for integrating real-time hardware- or software-in-the-loop control systems and supplemental data acquisition systems. Custom instrumentation and integration support are available.


Matthew Tomasko

|Business Manager


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