Wave Impact Forces on Elevated Coastal Structures

Experimental and Numerical Study to Improve Damage and Loss Estimation due to Overland Wave and Surge Hazards on Near-Coast Structures

Wave Forces on Cladding

Physical model testing in the Large Wave Flume for characterization of tsunami wave impact forces and structural response of metal building envelopes (cladding)

Wave Energy Converter Simulator: WEC-Sim

Experimental validation of WEC-Sim

HWRL is one of the Experimental Facilities of NHERI

The $3.8 million award have created a facility to increase the resilience of coastal communities.

Welcome to the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory provides outstanding research and testing at the largest nearshore experimental facility at an academic institution in the US. The 6100 ft2 (570 m2) building is situated on the main campus and houses the Large Wave Flume (LWF), Directional Wave Basin (DWB), and 3,000 ft2 (300 m2) of office space for staff, graduate students, visiting researchers, and clients.

The laboratory conducts research on coastal and nearshore processes involving:

  • Wave-structure interaction
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and sediment transport
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Tsunami and coastal hazards
  • Fixed and floating structures

Through our work we deliver research, testing, and education and outreach opportunities to improve the resilience and sustainability of coastal areas, and to develop innovative solutions to the design of coastal infrastructure.

Click here to find out more about our Education and Tours Program.

OSU News

OSU News Release

Scientists: Warming temperatures could trigger starvation, extinctions in deep oceans by 2100

Feb 23, 2017
Researchers have warned that the world’s largest habitat – the deep ocean floor – may face starvation and sweeping ecological change by the year 2100.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Corliss, OSU to commemorate 40th anniversary of hydrothermal vents discovery

Feb 23, 2017
Oregon State University will celebrate the discovery 40 years ago of hydrothermal vents with a two-day commemorative event.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Poet and essayist Ross Gay to read at Oregon State University

Feb 23, 2017
Poet and essayist Ross Gay will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Accepting and adapting are keys to sustaining a career after acquired hearing loss

Feb 22, 2017
For adults who acquire severe hearing loss, accepting and adapting to the loss play key roles in sustaining a career and thriving in the workplace.… Read full story.

Events & Tours


48TH Annual CH2M/Oregon State University High School Model Bridge Contest

The construction and testing of model bridges promotes the study and application of fundamental principles of physics and also helps high school students develop hands-on skills. This Oregon


Fundamentals of Traffic Safety

This one-day pilot course will provide background and preparation for the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) workshop. Safety concepts, definitions and safety analysis methods will be reviewed. The


Highway Safety Manual

This two-day workshop in Portland provides basic training for the use of AASHTO's new Highway Safety Manual (HSM). Attendees will become familiar with the specific structure and content

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