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

OSU News Release

OSU presents Northwest Dance Project April 14

Mar 27, 2017
NW Dance Project will present an evening of contemporary dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Oregon State University.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Poet and nonfiction author Ellen Bass to read at OSU

Mar 24, 2017
Poet and nonfiction writer Ellen Bass will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Study: Oregon high schools lacking ‘best practices’ for athletic emergencies

Mar 23, 2017
A survey of Oregon high school athletic directors on their school’s preparedness for a catastrophic injury or health event found that only 11 percent of those responding had implemented three primary “best-practice” recommendations for treating their student-athletes.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

OSU to host exhibition from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Mar 23, 2017
Oregon State University will host 'Cultural Conversations,' an exhibition of prints from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Schnitzer Family Foundation, April 3 through May 3.… Read full story.

Events & Tours


Highway Safety Manual

This two-day workshop in Portland provides basic training for the use of AASHTO's new Highway Safety Manual (HSM). Attendees will become familiar with the specific structure and content


CCE Distinguished Lecture Series Presentation

Hot Technologies 2017

Lecturer: James Spellos, CMP President, Meeting U. 

Technology applications and tools are completely changing how business is done across all industries. The


46th Annual Contractors’ Night

Celebrate a night with CEM students, faculty, staff, and industry partners.

6 p.m. Social • 7 p.m. Dinner and Program

To attend Contractors’ Night, register at: 


Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Workshop

This 3-day course is designed for persons responsible for signing, signalization, and road marking. The class provides instruction and practice in the use of the Manual on Uniform

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