MarinLab is a towing tank test facility situated on the Bergen campus. The state-of-the-art laboratory is used for teaching purposes, student projects and industry-led research.

About MarinLab

MarinLab features a 50 x 3 x 2.2 m test-section towing tank, fitted with an Edinburgh Designs force-feedback wave maker and towing carriage with a maximum speed of 5m/s. MarinLab is mainly used for traditional ship stability and resistance testing. In recent years, there has been an increase in motion testing using motion capture cameras, where floating bodies, such as marine vessels and renewable energy devices are tested frequently. In addition, the new towing carriage has enabled resistance testing on tidal turbines, underwater vehicles and heavy (asymmetric) structures, such as fish farm designs and jacket structures.

Suitable device scale is typically 1:50 or 1:100 geometric scale. You can find more technical information in the links provided, or contact us to discuss using the facility for your own research.


MarinLab is used in teaching of the following modules:

•MAS124 Hydrostatics and Stability
•MAS116 Hydrodynamics
•HTEK101 Introduction to the Marine Environment

Students in the Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering have the opportunity to work in the MarinLab as part of their final year dissertation (MAS153).