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

Impulsive personality linked to greater risk for early onset of meth use

Oct 27, 2016
Methamphetamine users who described themselves as impulsive were more likely to have started taking the drug at an earlier age, a study of more than 150 users showed.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Excess wildfire, cheatgrass affecting sage-grouse; targeted actions needed

Oct 26, 2016
Larger, more frequent wildfires in the Great Basin have led to a decline in greater sage-grouse, which, if left unabated, could reduce the population to 43 percent of present numbers.… Read full story.

Fall Creek hatchery to hold annual festival on Nov. 5

Oct 26, 2016
The Oregon Hatchery Research Center will host its annual Fall Creek Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the hatchery, located 13 miles west of Alsea on Highway 34.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature Kerry Skarbakka exhibit ‘On the Brink’

Oct 26, 2016
The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host an exhibition of work by photographer Kerry Skarbakka titled 'On the Brink,' Nov. 5-30.… Read full story.

Events & Tours


Social Change Model of Leadership

November 1st

Featuring: Emily Bowling

Leadership Academy Pillar: ETHICAL or INCLUSIVE

Come learn about the Social Change Model of Leadership and its’ “7 C’sâ€.  This theory of leadership is


Geotechnical Lecture Series


Frank W. Pita Consulting, LLC

ABSTRACT: Track alignment stability is a daily concern for maintenance of way


Start Smart

Leadership Academy Pillar: Member Choice: PURPOSEFUL or PROFESSIONAL

This workshop is for women students in Engineering and Business. It will teach you how to determine what employers are paying for the


Traffic Engineering Fundamentals

This three day course is designed for all people working in the traffic field including engineers, technicians, educators, and enforcement personnel. The course provides a comprehensive coverage of

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