Cavitation Tunnel

The NRC cavitation tunnel is a closed recirculation tunnel used to test propeller performance in uniform and non-uniform flows. It has a working test section 2.2 m long and 0.5 m square.

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What we offer

The cavitation tunnel is designed to measure forces and pressure distributions on rudders, fins, hydrofoils, cable fairings, submerged bodies and hull appendages. The drive system is a four-blade axial flow impeller with digital control (56 kW, 1500 rpm). Maximum velocity at the working section is 9 m/s, with absolute pressures of 5.7 to 102 kPa available normally and up to 200 kPa with specialized modifications. Cavitation number range is: sigma – 0.8 to 3.0; J – 0.5 to 1.5. Propeller or model sizes range from 130 to 250 mm (200 mm typical). A Kempf & Remmers H39 open dynamometer is top mounted in the test section with thrust range ± 900 N and torque range ± 45 Nm.

Why work with us

In working with industry to bridge the gap between innovation and commercialization, the NRC plays a critical role in de-risking and demonstrating technologies in order to support industry bringing them to market. Working with the NRC offers you the competitive advantage of world-class, customizable testing facilities combined with the broad knowledge and experience of our in-house research staff. The NRC capitalizes on our professional employees who have extensive experience in advanced engineering for complex water environments.


Fees vary depending on the project and your requirements. Contact us for further information.

Targeted industries

Marine technology sector (to evaluate designs and assess the efficiency, performance and flow of propellers and other underwater objects).

Contact us

Mark Murphy
Telephone: 709-772-2105
LinkedIn: Mark Murphy


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