The tests and experiments carried out in the towing tank facility are related to the measurements of resistance, hull optimization of ships and seakeeping. The tests performed at the towing tank are done for deep-sea vessels (sea-going vessels) and restricted water (inland waterway vessels).
In addition, the towing tank facility is an essential tool for the validation of numerical models (CFDs) developed and used by our researchers. A new research project on boat trajectory is under development and basin tests are planned for validation of the numerical model.
Significant investments have been made in this direction in recent years; Installation of a removable bottom (making it possible to carry out shallow water tests), installation of edges with variable angles (which make it possible to recreate realistic conditions of canals or rivers).
The towing tank testing facility at ULg is member of the ITTC (International Towing Tank Conference).