This video will give you a feel for what goes on in a model basin. Basically, what they are doing it testing a smaller version of a proposed design to see how it will fare under a range of conditions. The more they can discover and correct now, the more successful and reliable the full-sized version will be when it is put into use.
Tag: ship design
A model basin is a structure designed for the testing of scale model vessels. In practice, it can be used to test the design of anything that utilizes hydrodynamics before it is built in full scale. What that means, is that a 6 foot model of a ship form can be tested under a variety of conditions before construction of a full sized vessel is undertaken.