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Integrated Coastal Infrastructure for Experimentation and Modelling (iCIEM)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Polytechnic University of Catalonia
Location
Jordi Girona 1-3, Catalonia Politecnic University, Barcelona, PO: 08034, Catalonia (Spain)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
Spain
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 1993
Timeline
Being upgraded since 1994 to 2013
Under construction since 1987 to 1993
Scientific Description
The Large Scale Wave Flume of the Maritime Engineering Laboratory (LIM) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), is an international research facility for controlled hydraulics experiments in coastal, harbour and oceanographic engineering and in other fields such as aquaculture and renewal energy.Many national and international projects have been carried out at the facility since 1993, the year it opened. In 1997, it was recognized as a large-scale facility by the EU’S Directorate-General for Research, and in 2006, as an outstanding science and technology installation (ICTS) by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education.The CIEMLAB, which is 100m long, 3m wide and up to 7m deep inside the current generator’s wells, is a facility of excellence for scaled tests and studies under close-to-real conditions. Typical working scales are between 1:2 and 1:20, although it is also possible to work at the other scales. The larger scale ratios enable the scale effects inherent to all scaled experiments to be reduced.The CIEMLAB is open to the worldwide scientific community through an access programme granted by the EU, the Spanish Ministry and the facility itself.

RI Keywords
Large scale, Waves, Currents, Physical modelling
Classifications
RI Category
Software Service Facilities
In situ Marine/Freshwater Observatories
Acoustic monitoring stations
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Engineering and Energy
ESFRI Domain
Environment
Services
Breakwater functional and resistence analysis in 2DV at small scale (> 1:20) and large scale (< 1:20)
Harbor Engineering tests in intermediate/shallow depths in 2DV at small scale > 1:20 and large scale < 1:20
Hydro-morphodynamic analysis of sedimentary deposits in 2DV at large scale < 1:20
Hydraulic modelling

Hydraulic wave tests (regular and irregular) in 2DV at small scale (> 1:20) and large scale (< 1:20) Hydraulic current tests (regular and irregular) in 2DV at small scale (> 1:20) and large scale (< 1.20) Hydraulic wave/current/mean tests (regular and irregular) in 2DV at small scale (> 1:20) and large scale (< 1:20).

Coastal Engineering tests in intermediate/shallow depths in 2DV at small scale > 1:20
Hydro-morphodynamic analysis of sedimentary deposits in 2DV at small scale > 1:20
Hydrodynamic analysis of autonomous submarine vehicles in 2D
Analysis of renewable energy wave converters in 2DV at large scale < 1:20
Coastal Engineering tests in intermediate/shallow depths in 2DV at large scale < 1:20
Equipment
Wedge type

Wave generator, suitable for generating waves in intermediate water conditions, and a bidirectional pumping system whose capacity is 2.000 l/s. The system is hydraulically actuated and PC-controlled, and is a capable of reproducing waves with heights up to 1.6m.

ADV

ADV downlocking /sidelocking. Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter. The vectrino velocimeter measuring water speed using the Doppler effect.

AWG

Acoustic Wave gauges. The ULS-40D is an acoustic sensor that emit ultrasond pulses that reflect on the measurement object and is received back as an echo.

National Instruments PXI equipment

National Instruments PXI equipment distributed along the wave flume and interconnected by a fiber optic system.

High resolution cameras

Cameras for the measurement and collection of data.

RWG

Resistance wave gauges operate on the principle of measuring the current flowing in an immerged probe which consists of a pair of parallel stainless steel wires.

OBS

Optical backscatter sensor measures suspended solids and turbidity by the optical backscatter method.

Park sensors

3D laser scanner, load cells, turbidity sensors and profilers and sediment concentration, profiler of funds, echo sounders miniature, acoustic level sensors.

Software

Software for the control of the wave generator that allows regular and irregular waves to be generated. Additionally, a PC-based active absorption system allows tests to be run on wave series for as long as reguired, without the effect of spurious model-induced reflections.

ECM

Electromagnetic current meter.

Pore Pressure sensor

Pressure sensor range 100-250-400 mb.

Software Wavelab

Data analysis software Wavelab.

Collaborations
Networks
Hydralab IV
Date of last update: 08/06/2017
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