The École supérieure d'ingénieurs des travaux de la construction de Caen , CEREMA and the DGPR sign a partnership agreement, with the support of the DGITM, for the construction and operation of a wave canal.
40 m long and 1.50 m deep, this so-called 'intermediate depth' wave channel will enable physical modelling tests to be carried out. It will be used for educational purposes for dimensioning studies of coastal structures (dikes, jetties, coastal protection, etc...) as well as for R&D work in maritime and port engineering. Installed in ESITC Caen's laboratories, this equipment will come into operation in June 2018.
A response to environmental issues
Sea level rise is one of the main consequences of global warming. It could rise by almost one metre by 2100, according to estimates by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and affect the lives of billions of people. This project responds to the need for physical models to understand the complex phenomena that determine changes in the coastline and the stability of structures subjected to marine stress. It will also enable the calibration of complementary numerical models. Due to its non-standard dimensions, the wave canal developed by ESITC Caen and the Centre d'études et d'expertise sur les risques, l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement will make it possible to more reliably quantify the hydraulic phenomena specific to maritime and coastal structures, the resilience of structures subjected to the action of waves and the stability of coastal profiles. It will be complementary to the experimental systems of the M2C laboratory at the University of Caen. Thanks to this tool, researchers and design offices will also be able to study the impact of climate change, including sea level rise on existing structures.
A 40 m long glass tube
The school's hydraulics laboratory is preparing to house an impressive structure. The wave channel will take the form of a 40-metre long, 1-metre wide, glazed test vein with a maximum depth of 1.5 metres. It will house a wave generator capable of modeling actual sea states up to wave heights of 15 metres. These unusual dimensions will enhance the reliability of the experimental trials. The partnership agreement runs for a period of 15 years. The project is financed and managed by ESITC Caen, CEREMA, the DGPR and the DGITM. ESITC Caen is in charge of the project management and construction of the swell canal. The school and CEREMA will jointly operate this tool. The Normandy Region, a partner of the school, is also supporting this project. ESITC Caen will have free use of the wave canal for the training of its students and for the provision of services to companies, as well as for studies conducted with its academic and industrial partners. CEREMA, for its part, will use the equipment for a cumulative period of three months per year.