Hydraulics, coasts and offshore laboratory

The CCOB is part of MARHIS, Maritime Aggregated Research Hydraulic Infrastructures, a distributed research infrastructure of Spain’s Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), the only one of its kind in the field of hydraulic engineering.

Its objective is to increase the efficiency and capacity of Spain’s numerical, experimental and field facilities for coastal and port applications, offshore engineering and the multiple interactions between structures and ocean climate factors.

The Laboratory of Coastal Engineering, Oceanography and Hydraulics conducts physical model testing to study phenomena related to wave generation and propagation, wave-wave and wave-structure interaction, the stability and behavior of coastal protection structures, seawalls and marine structures, the behavior of floating structures, the operation of hydraulic valves and machines, and to test marine energy generation devices.

The capacities of the facilities, the experience of the staff members and the use of state-of-the-art numerical modeling software and advanced instrumentation allow us to conduct basic research testing on the behavior of fluids, structures and devices, to calibrate and validate all types of numerical models, and to test and optimize specific designs for applied fluvial and marine structures and models.

SERVICES

2D Physical Modeling
3D Physical Modeling
Hydrodynamic analysis of 2D/3D vehicles
Analysis of observation equipment
2D/3D Numerical Modeling
Applied Tools
Risk Analysis
Pre-operational systems analysis
Design and manufacturing of models
Numerical mirror and hybrid modeling
SDL Measurements (Ship Dynamic Lab)

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FACILITIES AND TECHNICAL RESOURCES

IHCantabria headquarters

  • Overall dimensions: 30 m long x 44 m wide x 4.75 m high
  • Test area: up to 24 m long x 32 m wide
  • Operating depth: 0.2 m to 3.4 m
  • Multidirectional wave generator
  • Waves up to Hs = 1.1 m @ Tp = 3s & 2.5 m depth
  • Bidirectional current generator
  • Rotatable wind generator
  • 6 meter diameter basin with an additional 8 meters of depth
  • Active absorption in front and side blades & dissipators

  • Overall dimensions: 56 m long x 2 m wide x 2.5 m high
  • Fully transparent section: 24 m Maximum depth in test area: 1.3 m
  • Wave generator at flume head, with 2-m stroke
  • Maximum wave in test area Hs = 0.55 m @ Tp = 3s, 1.05 m depth
  • Bidirectional current system: up to 0.3 m3/s, active absorption system in front blade & dissipator
  • Equipped with instrumentation

Hydraulic test space

  • Overall dimensions: 30 m long x 14 m wide x 10 m high on waterproof slab
  • Multi-purpose development campaign, river channels, dams, special tests, characterization of flotsam …

Single-axis seismic table

  • Dimensions: 3.5 m long x 2.5 m wide.
  • Maximum load: 20 tons
  • Maximum dynamic force: 200 kN @ 8Hz.

University campus

  • Overall dimensions: 28 m long x 8.6 m wide x 1.2 m high
  • Test area: up to 25 m long x 8.6 m wide
  • Operating depth: 0.1 m to 0.8 m
  • Multidirectional wave generator
  • Waves up to Hs = 0.4 m @ Tp = 3s & 0.8 m depth active absorption in front and side blades & dissipators

  • Overall dimensions: 68 m long x 2 m wide x 2 m high
  • Section with transparent side: 26.5 m
  • Maximum depth in test area: 1.4 m
  • Wave generator at flume head, with 1.1 m stroke
    • Maximum wave in test area Hs = 0.6 m @ Tp = 3s, 1.2 m depth
  • Bidirectional current system: up to 0.3 m3/s
  • Active absorption system in front and blade & dissipator (beach)
  • Equipped with instrumentation cart

OTHER EQUIPMENT

Facilities

Means of lifting and transport

Bridge crane: 10 Tn capacity in IH, 5 Tn in Escuela Universidad de Cantabria

Forklift (Toro)

Carpentry shop

Equipped with multiple tools and facilities for manufacturing and adjusting parts made of metal, wood, methacrylate, PVC, plastic, etc., all necessary to make mock-ups and models, fastening elements and microstructures.

Granulometry shop

Equipped with various sieving machines, along with a set of sieves, storage silos and weighing scales.

Pumping systems

Mobile and adjustable bench with centrifugal pumps of different capacities, with programmable frequency controller.

Instrumentation

Synchronized data acquisition systems (National Instruments) with software specifically developed for the laboratory (Labview).

Specific sensors for free-surface laboratory tests: pressure, forces, moments, accelerations, speed, etc.

Body position tracking (Qualisys).

Motion tracking (IMUs).

Real-time IP video synchronized with other laser scanner sensors.

Stereoscopy surveying equipment.

Underwater profiler.

Specific sensors for field measurements of temperature and pressure.

AWAC.

Surface ADCP.

Integrated monitoring system for floating platforms.

Custom made specifications, integrated in model, wireless systems.

TEAM

ÁLVARO ÁLVAREZ

ÁLVARO ÁLVAREZ

Manager of the Hydraulics, Coasts and Offshore Laboratory

RUBÉN ALONSO

RUBÉN ALONSO

Laboratory Technician

DAVID BLANCO ITURBE

DAVID BLANCO ITURBE

Laboratory Technician

ANDRÉS MENDOZA MUNIZAGA

ANDRÉS MENDOZA MUNIZAGA

Technologist

Jesus Postigo Fernández

Jesus Postigo Fernández

Laboratory Assistant Technician

Miguel Rodríguez López

Miguel Rodríguez López

Laboratory Assistant Technician

Lorena Ruiz Prieto

Lorena Ruiz Prieto

Laboratory Assistant Technician

Cristian Sánchez

Cristian Sánchez

Laboratory assistant

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