Large Wave Flume

Cutting Edge Coastal Engineering at OSU

Directional Wave Basin

Special Wave Maker at Wave Lab

Welcome to the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Resesarch Laboratory

The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory provides outstanding research and testing at the largest nearshore experimental facility at an academic institution in the US. The 6100 ft2 (570 m2) building is situated on the main campus and houses the Large Wave Flume (LWF), Directional Wave Basin (DWB), and 3,000 ft2 (300 m2). of office space for staff, graduate students, visiting researchers, and clients.

The laboratory conducts research on coastal and nearshore processes involving:

  • Wave-structure interaction
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and sediment transport
  • Wave and renewable energy
  • Tsunami and coastal hazards
  • Fixed and floating structures

Through our work we deliver research, testing, and education and outreach opportunities to improve the resilience and sustainability of coastal areas, and to develop innovative solutions to the design of coastal infrastructure.

OSU News

Scientists recruit public to help study “The Blob”

Jun 29, 2015
Scientists are seeking help from the public - use of their computers - to aid in a study of the West Coast drought.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Scottish explorer David Livingstone’s writings, drawings now available through online archive

Jun 24, 2015
Students, researchers and the public will have extraordinary access to the drawings, letters and field diaries of Scottish explorer David Livingstone through an expanded digital archive and new website.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Study finds sudden shift in “forcing” led to demise of Laurentide ice sheet

Jun 22, 2015
A new study found that a shift in "radiative forcing" led to the demise of the huge Laurentide Ice Sheet that once covered almost all of Canada.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Fat, sugar cause bacterial changes that may relate to loss of cognitive function

Jun 22, 2015
Both a high-fat and a high-sugar diet cause changes in gut bacteria that appear related to a significant loss of “cognitive flexibility,” or the power to adapt to changing situations.… Read full story.

Events & Tours


28th Annual Construction Education Foundation Golf Tournament

Registration and sponsorship information is forthcoming.

Questions? Contact Lauren Farmen, AGC Industry Liaison, 541.737.4096

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