Nonlinear Waves Lab

The cutting-edge nonlinear waves lab will allow the Embry-Riddle community to lead big data collection in 3-D for tsunamis, rogue waves, water spouts, solitons and rip currents.

The nonlinear waves lab, housed in the College of Arts & Sciences, has a 4,000-gallon wave tank with two computer-controlled paddle and prism wave makers, six pumps creating water currents in a closed circuit, wind generators and wave data acquisition systems.

Current Projects

  • Tsunami formation
  • Bright, gray and dark breathers and solitons on water surface
  • Layers of bubbles, phase transitions and Leidenfrost systems
  • Landau damping
  • Wind generated crested waves
  • Water structure interaction
  • Transport of macro-algae in the lagoon
  • Rip currents and rip tides

Equipment List

  • Prism plunger wave maker with two drive motors, Automation Direct computer controlled system.
  • Paddle wave maker with four drive motors, National Instruments computer controlled
  • 6 Water pumps to create water current up to 0.6 m/s.
  • Laser (visible and IR lasers) wave measurement
  • AOS High Speed Camera, B&W 1,000-10,000 fps,  2,700 frames at 1000 x 1000 pixels. With three interchangeable optical systems.
  • 2 Cannon stereo-photogrammetry system cameras.
  •  Four analog capacitive wave gauges connected to Tektronix and Agilent oscilloscope.
  • Arduino system to measure mechanical parameters of wave makers and waves.
  • 2 Big fans to make wind
  • Air compressor 150 L at 190 PSI
  • Fog generator
  • Cryogenic kit
  • Vernier computer, software and sensors for pressure, rate of flow, velocity
  • 2 Air speed digital anemometers

Lab Information

Location: COAS 301.38

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email DaytonaBeach@erau.edu.

Lab Directors: Andrei Ludu