The only facility of its kind in North America, the Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory simulates waves, tides, and strong currents to help researchers develop sustainable coastal management strategies for controlling erosion caused by climate change.
The large-scale multipurpose wave flume (120 m long, 5 m wide, and 5 m deep) can be used to simulate for example high-amplitude waves and tsunamis caused by landslides and earthquakes.
Located in the Québec Metro High Tech Park, the wave flume is 120 m long, 5 m wide, and 5 m deep. It extends 4 m underground and 1 m above ground. Waves generated can reach the top of the flume walls and be produced in depths ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 m and wave periods of 3 to 10 seconds.
In addition to a mobile walkway, a gantry crane, and a series of equipment decks, the wave flume is also equipped with:
Data acquisition systems
14 National Instrument CompactRIO systems, each with 256 analog inputs and 8 modules with sampling rates of 250 kHz. The modules have 32 channels each. They are spaced 5 m apart along the flume, with the first one 45 m from the wave generator.
Topography and bathymetry
The laboratory also has a series of other sensors to measure pressure, force, etc. The current system is designed to be flexible according to the needs of the projects.
Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) also has a smaller-scale wave flume with an electronically controlled wavemaker. The small flume is sometimes used to scale down experiments before they are carried out in the big flume. It has been designed to accommodate the same type of measurement devices as used in the main flume. Learn more
The Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory offers research services to other universities, as well as to industry and government in the following research themes (also see Applications).
Oceanography and atmospheric sciences
Behaviour of structures
The Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory offers a wealth of potential applications, for example:
This $13.5 million facility was funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Government of Quebec under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.
Boutaina El Jai
Partnerships and Research Development Advisor
Phone: 418 654-2531