CONSMEMA to construct wave flume for experimental scale model research for Hydraulic Laboratory, Antwer

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4 July 2023

Consmema of Hattemerbroek (NL) began the start-up phase for the construction of the new wave flume for the Hydraulic Laboratory in Antwerp in January 2023. The new wave flume will be completed in early 2024.

A wave flume is a long narrow wave installation in a laboratory in which waves are simulated to scale. A scale model (of a seawall or similar) is built into a wave flume to study the impact of waves on this structure. A wave flume can be small (e.g. 20m long and 0.50m wide) or large (e.g. 200m long and 5m wide).

The new wave flume in Antwerp has a total length of 84 meters and is being built in an existing building of the Hydraulic Laboratory in Antwerp.

Technical Specifications

Project Wave flume
Client Hydraulics Laboratory (Department of mobility & public works)
Capacity/size Length: 84 m, Width: 2 m, Height: 2.5 m
Disciplines Design, production, assembly
Material Steel, concrete and glass


· Location wave flume in hall 3 of Hydraulic Laboratory in Antwerp

· Inside dimensions wave flume 84 x 2 x 2.5 m (L x W x H)

· Transparent sections: 2 x 6 x 2.5 m, 1 x 37.5 x 1.5 m hall side and 1x 19.5 x 1.5 m wall side (L x H)

· Controlled filling emptying system with 3 inlets and outlets in floor (continuously variable filling flow rate 10…100 m3/h) with precise water level control +/ 1 mm in wave flume

· Access platform with 2x access stairs

· Cabin on access platform with central control statio

· 1x loading gate, allowing rolling stock to enter the trial are

· Overhead safety system, controls and other E facilities

About the Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory

The Hydraulics Laboratory, part of Department of mobility & public works, studies the impact of human activity and nature on water systems and the effects on navigation and water-related infrastructure.

For more information about the Hydraulic Laboratory, see: