Laboratories & Facilities
Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory
The Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory (MHL) is used in several group courses and for individual directed studies is located on the first floor of West Hall on main campus. Its facilities include:
- Main model basin
- Low turbulence free surface water channel
- Gravity-capillary water wave tank
- Propeller tunnel
Marine Renewable Energy Laboratory
The Marine Renewable Energy Laboratory (MRELab) is dedicated to developing technology to harness the abundant, clean, and renewable marine energy in an environmentally sustainable way and at a competitive cost. The current focus of the MRELab is to study the underlying science of the VIVACE Converter, which was invented in the MRELab (three patents pending) to harness the hydrokinetic energy of ocean/river currents/tides.
Perceptual Robotics Laboratory
The Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL) at the University of Michigan studies problems related to autonomous navigation and mapping for mobile robots with a focus on computer vision techniques for perceptual sensing.
Marine Structures Design Laboratory
The Marine Structures Design Laboratory (MSDL) is a growing group of faculty and students focused on developing the next generation of structural design and analysis tools for the marine industry. Its ongoing work includes:
- Creating rapid and accurate strength methods for lightweight aluminum marine structures
- Building unique evolutionary optimization approaches for rapid trade-space exploration of structural designs
- Developing novel tools to allow in-service re-assessment of structures and updatable forecasting of lifecycle cost, reliability, and capability.