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 will create a facility to increase the resilience of coastal communities.

Large Wave Flume

Cutting Edge Coastal Engineering at OSU

Directional Wave Basin

Special Wave Maker at Wave Lab

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

Volunteers sought for study to measure actual metabolic impact of multivitamins

Jun 20, 2016
An OSU study hopes to answer a long-overdue question – does the use of multivitamin supplements really improve the nutritional status of elderly adults?… Read full story.

Online map offers opportunities to explore gardens, farms and history

Jun 14, 2016
The public can explore Oregon’s forests, farms, history, public gardens and more this summer through an online map assembled by Oregon State University. … Read full story.

OSU Press publishes “Ricky’s Atlas,” a sequel to its first children’s book

Jun 13, 2016
The Oregon State University Press has published “Ricky’s Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire,” a sequel to its first book aimed at children, written by two OSU faculty members.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Fairbanks Gallery to host summer-long art faculty exhibit at Oregon State

Jun 13, 2016
Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery is hosting a summer-long art faculty exhibit at Fairbanks Gallery from June 14 through September 28.… Read full story.

Events & Tours


Cascadia Resilience

The Oregon State School of Civil and Construction Engineering is pleased to announce the new short course, Cascadia Resilience. The purpose of the course is to provide engineering

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