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El Pardo Hydrodinamics Experimentation centre (ICTS-CEHIPAR)
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Calle Mirador de la Sierra, Centro De Experiencias Hidrodinamicas De El Pardo, Madrid, PO: 28048 (Spain)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1992
Scientific Description
El Pardo Model Basin(CEHIPAR) is a Research Center in the field of Ship Hydrodynamics. It performs studies and experiments on physical and mathematical models. All branches of Ship Hydrodynamics are developed, in particular Resistance, Propulsion, Seakeeping and Manoeuvrability, as well as Safety studies. Also deals with new energies of wind, wave and currents origins. It belongs to the Spanish Ministry of Defense. The anual budget is about 5.3 million €. This RI is an ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure), included in the Spanish National Roadmap for RIs.

RI Keywords
Ship hydrodynamics, Offshore engineering, Ship model experimental facilities, New energies
RI Category
Marine & Maritime Engineering Facilities
Scientific Domain
Engineering and Energy
Experiments at Seakeeping Basin

Behaviour of ships and floating structures in waves. Regular , irregular and random seas. Offshore structures at sea. Ship survivability after damage, Wind and current energy devices, Captive model manoeuvrability tests.

Computational Fluid Dynamics studies (CFD)

CFD on Resistance, Flow and Wave Patern configuration. CFD on Propeller and Cavitation Performance.CFD on Seakeeping behaviour.

Experiments at Lake

Free model manoeuvrability tests.

Experiments at Cavitation Tunnel

Cavitation observation tests, cavitation inception tests, Erosion tests, Open water tests, Dummy model tests, Calibration of wire-mesh for wake simulation.

Experiments at Still Water Tank

Resistance tests, Self-propulsion tests, Open water propeller tests,Wake survey tests, Flow lines tests, Sailing yacht tests, Calibration of flow-meters.

Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
Propeller dynamometer
LD velocimeter
Wave height sensors
Accoustic Hydrophones
Optical tracking systems
GPS positioning equipment
Underwater videocameras
Pressure trasducers
Six-components dynamometer
Resistance dynamometer
Segmented model sensors
Computerized Planar Motion Carriage.
High Speed Video
International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC)
Cooperative Research Ships(CRS)
Date of last update: 16/05/2019
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