Nonlinear Waves Lab

The Computational Mathematics department has brought cutting edge nonlinear wave labs to the Embry-Riddle community.  Their efforts allow students, faculty and industry to experiment and use the facilities for important research, resulting in numerous internal and external grants from industry and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The first nonlinear wave laboratory — located in the Engineering Building — contains a fully-functional wave tank with dimensions of 16' x 4' x 4'. This lab, designed and built by mathematics faculty, has attracted undergraduate and graduate students that develop research in the areas of hydrodynamics and fluid mechanics.

The new Center for Nonlinear Waves, founded by the Computational Mathematics faculty and located in the College of Arts & Sciences building, is the second state-of-the-art wave tank (32' x 4' x 4') with data acquisition hardware and computation. The tank will have a tsunami generator, modern wavemaker with feedback control, actuators with paddles, oscilloscopes, an automatic leveling system for water height, and a small air tunnel on top of the tank.  Additionally, the wave tank will include a complete Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) system, a laser induced fluoresce system, Doppler acoustic velocimeter and HD video cameras.

Through the Center for Nonlinear Waves, students will be able to lead data collection efforts by performing 3D simulations and visualizing the results using a data wall with high storage computers. The Lab will blend three specific components for student engagement:

  • 3D numerical simulations of waves
  • Educational component by developing advanced classes on nonlinear partial differential equations
  • Dissemination to the scientific community of computational models for non-linear dissipative systems

Current Projects

  • Small scale earthquake and tsunami formation
  • Eco-dolphin project involving a fleet of 10 AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle)
  • Dissipative 2D vortex solitons of the complex cubic-quintic Ginzburg-Landau equation with applications in nonlinear optics
  • Microbial growth, transport and fate of micro-organisms in unsaturated porous media where the flow is governed by Richards' equation
  • Hydrodynamics of tornadoes and mixing of two fluids in diverse geometries
  • Flow in an artificial heart system built in the lab
  • Optimum design of a ship

Lab Information

Location: COAS

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