HR Wallingford to create hydraulic laboratory
A state-of-the-art hydraulic laboratory will be created in Italy to pioneer new research in environmental hydraulics, marine and coastal structures and offshore engineering.
HR Wallingford and the University of Salento are undertaking the joint venture at the university’s Ecotekne Campus at Lecce in the South of Italy.
“We are delighted to form this new partnership with the University of Salento which will allow us to generate mutually beneficial research opportunities,” said Dr Keith Powell, chief operating officer, HR Wallingford.
“Knowledge transfer is an important element of the collaboration, and we are looking forward to sharing knowledge and expertise in hydraulic research.”
HR Wallingford has already supplied and fitted seven banks of its multi-element wave generators to equip a 30m wide wave basin that will be used for the physical modelling of coastal structures, plus a wave maker for a 45 m long by 2m deep flume.
The company will also provide training in the use of open-source software (such as TELEMAC) for the numerical simulation of wave-structure interaction, flows and dispersion of pollutants in the sea and for measuring instruments used in the laboratory and in the field.
Under the terms of the partnership, HR Wallingford will have access to the ‘Corpo Z’ facility to carry out some of its own physical modelling research and will contribute to the maintenance costs of the facility.
The UK headquartered international research and consultancy company has specialised in hydraulic, civil and environmental engineering for over 70 years.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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