Participants of the technical tour will get the opportunity to visit a number of cutting-edge hydraulic, experimental facilities in Hannover-Marienwerder.
On the premises, the Coastal Research Center - Forschungszentrum Küste (FZK) operates the Large Wave Flume (Großer Wellenkanal, GWK). With its length of 307 m, a depth of 7 m and a width of 5 m GWK is one of the largest wave flumes in the world. Starting in summer 2019 the flume will be upgraded with a new wave generator, additional current generators (up to 0.5 m/s) and a deep section. After the construction phase, during which the flume will be out of order, the upgraded GWK will allow unique large-scale experiments to study the interactions of waves, currents, structures and the seafloor.
Next to GWK, the Leibniz University Hannover has access to a total of almost 16,800 m² sheltered laboratory space and 24,000 m² of outdoor space. In there, Ludwig-Franzius-Institut operates various experimental facilities allow year-round operation of hydraulic models, e.g. in a 3D wave basin, various flumes and an outdoor research area. In addition, Technische Universität Braunschweig runs a 32 m-long wave-current flume that is a 1:10 model of the GWK to conduct equivalency mid-scale experiments. The laboratory also features a novel tsunami and long wave generator of 80 m length and 4 m width which is mutually used by the two Universities.