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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.

Events & Tours

OSU Board of Trustees approves land purchase for OSU-Cascades expansion

Oct 20, 2017
The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Friday authorized OSU President Ed Ray to complete negotiations with Deschutes County to purchase 72 acres of land that will expand the footprint of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.… Read full story.

Writer Sarah Manguso to read at Oregon State University Nov. 3

Oct 19, 2017
Poetry, fiction and nonfiction writer Sarah Manguso will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society presents free Portland Youth Philharmonic concert Oct. 29

Oct 19, 2017
The Portland Youth Philharmonic will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Traveling photo exhibit featuring iconic images of Bob Dylan to be displayed at OSU

Oct 18, 2017
A photo exhibit featuring iconic images of Nobel Prize winner singer-songwriter Bob Dylan by photographer Daniel Kramer will be on display at Oregon State Universitys Fairbanks Gallery Oct. 26 through Nov. 30.… Read full story.