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
  • 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

OSU News Release

Discovery could open door to frozen preservation of tissues, whole organs

Nov 25, 2015
Researchers have discovered a new approach to ice-free cryopreservation that could ultimately allow a much wider use of extreme cold to preserve tissues and even organs.… Read full story.

Climate can grind mountains faster than they can be rebuilt, study indicates

Nov 23, 2015
Researchers for the first time have attempted to measure all the material leaving and entering a mountain range over millions of years and discovered that glacial erosion can, under the right circumstances, wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can build them.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Joan Didion biographer Tracy Daugherty to discuss his work Dec. 2 at Oregon State

Nov 23, 2015
Oregon State University will host a conversation with Joan Didion biographer and OSU Professor emeritus Tracy Daugherty at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.… Read full story.

OSU awards $68,000 in agricultural scholarships

Nov 19, 2015
Oregon State University‚Äôs College of Agricultural Sciences has awarded 34 undergraduates $68,000 in scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year.… Read full story.

Events & Tours


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


Risk Perception & Communication

When working with technologies that could pose a high (perceived) risk to the public, it is important to understand how people view risk and make decisions. In this

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