Wave tank

Wave tank

A wave tank is a laboratory setup for observing the behavior of surface waves. The typical wave tank is a deep and narrow, transparent-sided box filled with liquid, usually water, leaving open or air-filled space on top. At one end of the tank an actuator generates waves; the other end usually has a wave-absorbing surface. A similar device is the ripple tank, which is flat and shallow and used for observing patterns of surface waves from above.

In literature

In the novel "State of Fear", a wave tank was featured to simulate a planned man-made tsunami. [ [http://www.crichton-official.com/fear/ Michael Crichton, "State of Fear"] ]

See also

* Airy wave theory
* Ocean waves
* Ripple tank
* Shallow water equations


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