UMaine Alfond Wind & Wave Ocean Engineering Laboratory Case Study
SMRT designed this addition to UMaine’s existing Advanced Structures and Composites Center building and provided engineering support/coordination for equipment installation for its two R&D programs: the Alfond Wind & Wave Ocean Engineering Laboratory and the Alfond Advanced Manufacturing Lab for Thermoplastics.
Built to 1:50-scale, the Wind and Wave lab uses offshore structures to replicate extreme wave, wind and ocean current environments. The lab is equipped with a 232-fan rotating wind machine capable of generating wind conditions up to 200 mph over a multidirectional 100×30 wave basin. By accurately replicating the worst storms possible on the earth, the lab is contributing to the development of better boat and ship hulls; wind, wave and tidal energy solutions; floating oil and gas storage structures; and systems to protect coastal cities from the effects of erosion, extreme storms and sea level changes.