Wave demonstration tank

Our portable wave tank demonstrates coastal processes, risks and mitigation options for coastal risk management (both hard and soft).  


The tank is portable, requiring little setup, and can be positioned outside or to the rear of a class room or meeting room.  We are always looking for opportunities to use the tank to talk about coastal processes and resilience studies, and we urge any schools, universities or events to get in touch. 


The tank is used to demonstrate coastal risks, wave overtopping and defence design principles, and has several interchangeable defences including vertical and recurved walls, sloped and stepped revetments, offshore breakwaters and rock armour. It offers a hands-on approach to learn coastal principals, and engaging way to bring the coastal resilience concepts alive and open up a dialogue to the challenges we face ahead.




See us on YouTube:

In this 12 minute film, Daniel Rodger uses the wave tank to demonstrate the effectiveness of different types and combinations of coastal defences on the potential for overtopping and flood risk.
The demonstration measures the rates of overtopping for the following defences and conditions: 
•    beach during a storm surge
•    vertical and recurved sea walls (with and without a beach)
•    stepped and sloped revetments
•    rock armour
•    submerged near-shore breakwater