Design features of the upcoming coastal and ocean basin in Ostend, Belgium

Peter Troch, Vasiliki Stratigaki, Peter Devriese, Andreas Kortenhaus, Jeroen de Maeyer, Jaak Monbaliu, Erik Toorman, Pieter Rauwoens, Dieter Vanneste, Tomohiro Suzuki, Toon Verwaest

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


The new Coastal and Ocean Basin (COB) located at the Greenbridge Science Park in Ostend, Belgium is under construction since February 2017. The laboratory will provide a versatile facility that will make a wide range of physical modelling studies possible, including the ability to generate waves in combination with currents and wind at a wide range of model scales. The facility is serving the needs in Flanders, Belgium, in the fields of mainly offshore renewable energy and coastal engineering. The COB will allow users to conduct tests for coastal and offshore engineering research and commercial projects. The basin will have state-of-the-art generating and absorbing wavemakers, a current generation system, and a wind generator. It will be possible to generate waves and currents in the same, opposite and oblique directions. The basin is expected to be operational in 2019. This paper presents an overview of the basin’s capabilities, the ongoing work, and selected results from the design of the COB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference
Issue number2018
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2018 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Jul 30 2018Aug 3 2018


  • Coastal and Ocean Basin (COB)
  • Marine and offshore energy basin
  • Wave and current generation technique
  • Wave and tidal energy
  • Wave current-interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


Dive into the research topics of 'Design features of the upcoming coastal and ocean basin in Ostend, Belgium'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this