They are part of a £12 million order for HR Wallingford to supply 239m of wavemakers and a wave absorption system to the Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI). They will make their way to China in six shipments over the course of this year; the third shipment has already left the UK.
The systems, designed and manufactured by HR Wallingford in the UK, are to fit out a new seakeeping and manoeuvring basin, which measures 225m long, 45m wide, and 6m deep. HR Wallingford will install the wave-making machines along two sides of the tank to support SSSRI test ship designs. A carriage running above the basin will enable scientists to pull large scale models of boats with different hulls through the water.
Our wavemakers will be stored in a secure warehouse close to the site until the basin is ready for them to be installed next year. Although the coronavirus outbreak slightly interrupted SSSRI’s construction schedule for the new basin, work on the project is once again underway. As well as installing and validating the equipment, HR Wallingford will also train local operatives to use the system.