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Iowa Leads the World in Ship Hydrodynamics

Posted on August 3rd, 2018
The Tigerhawk on the wave basin’s floor is the world’s largest.

The Tigerhawk on the wave basin’s floor is the world’s largest.

Tucked away in the University of Iowa’s Research Park is one of the world’s most renowned wave basins—a warehouse-sized tank of water with the technology necessary for testing Navy and commercial ship designs years before the vessels are christened.

The UI’s Hydraulics Wave Basin Facility was constructed in 2010 under the guidance of Frederick Stern, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering who, since his arrival at the UI in 1983, has built on the university’s impressive history of hydroscience and engineering research to create the gold standard of ship hydrodynamics programs.

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