AquaDome® model Tank testing

A scale model (1:15) of the Aquadome fish farm was tested at Stadt Towing Tank during Oct./Nov. 2013. The test was conducted to meet certain conditions which forms a basis for further development of the Aqua Dome ®. The testing program is unique in this context and carried out in collaboration with stakeholders from the aquaculture industry in Norway.

Model testing, Stadt Towing Tank

The stiffness of the shell (sphere) – which is defined to work as a semi flexible structure - was modelled to correspond with the full scale prototype.

Model testing, Stadt Towing Tank

A series of tests were conducted, - among others: - - mooring forces, towing and seakeeping tests, circulation of water inside dome with or without horizontal center beam to observe sloshing, visualization of water flow etc. - all tested at Hs 0,0 to Hs 2,2.

Model testing, Stadt Towing Tank

Conclusion: the horizontal beam had a very positive effect on sloshing, the water flow/circulation was good, and the dome behaved well in all conditions.



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