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
  • Wave and 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

$500,000 matching gift benefits 4-H youth in Baker County

Oct 9, 2015
Baker County’s 4-H program for youth has received a major boost through a challenge gift establishing the county’s first endowed professorship.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Speech: OSU President Ed Ray lauds successes, points to areas needing improvement

Oct 8, 2015
In a speech to the OSU Faculty Senate Thursday, OSU President Ed Ray outlined several university successes - and pointed to some areas that need improvement.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Sex is more likely on days college students use marijuana or binge drink

Oct 7, 2015
Undergraduate college students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana or binged on alcohol than on days they didn’t, new research from Oregon State University has found.… Read full story.

Events & Tours


ADA Design & Regulation (Portland)


This one-day class is designed for planners, engineers, and technicians who are responsible for planning, design and operations of roadway systems. The class will provide an


Traffic Signal Timing


Traffic signal timing and operations presents the transportation engineer with an overview of signal systems and signal timing. This course is companion course to the traffic

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