University of Hanover | Ludwig-Franzius-Institute for Hydraulic, Estuarine and Coastal Engineering

Merkurstraße 11 D-30419 Hannover

Key Details

  • Status Operational
  • Availability Commercial
  • Facility Width (meters)5m
  • Facility Length (meters)310m
  • Maximum Water Depth (meters)7m
  • Maximum Wave Height (meters)2m
  • Measurements Force Measurement

Listing Description

 Founded in 1916, Ludwig-Franzius-Institute for Waterways, Estuarine and Coastal Engineering as a ‘common central facility of the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Technical University of Braunschweig’ was established in the context of greater coordination of coastal research and to encourage interdisciplinary, national and international cooperation.

The Large Wave Flume (GWK) is the world’s largest publicly accessible research facility of its kind. It went into operation 1983. Through the cooperation of the four following partner institutions the best use of this research facility is guaranteed. The cooperation although strengthen competitiveness, along with a substantial improvement of conditions for the training of young scientists in hydraulic engineering and coastal engineering.

The overall objective of the investigations in the Great Wave Flume (GWK) are large-scale physical model tests, the scientific investigation of hydrodynamic, morph dynamic and ecological processes at the coast and in the coastal zone, including its effects on hydraulic engineering structures.


Phone: +49511 762 9223



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