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Scaling a Wave Tank

  1. Oct 8, 2009 #1
    I am doing a project to build a scaled wave tank.
    "This project involves the design, construction and testing of a wave tank.
    When studying the hydrodynamics of a scale model or prototype, it is important to choose an appropriate scale.
    To determine tank and wave dimensions it is necessary to carry out dimensional analysis."

    Tank will have to mimic
    Avg. Wave Height 2.5m
    Avg. Wave Period 8secs
    Seabed depth of 300m

    I have room for up to a 10m long x 1m wide tank.

    I will have no problem in designing and constructing the tank once I know relevant dimensions.
    My problem lies in the using dimensional analysis to determine the dimensions of the tank and waves.
    I have not done D.A before and am lost as to where to even start.

    Posted this in homework section but got no reply.
    Where do I go from here?
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