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The University of Southampton Towing Tank is a new facility located at the recently opened Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, which the University shares with Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Centre. With dimensions of 138 m x 6 m x 3.5 m and a maximum carriage speed of 12 m/s, this world class facility is ideally suited to support teaching, research and commercial clients, not just for conventional ship model testing but across the aerospace, energy, and transportation sectors.

The Towing Tank was designed in-house and built following high standards to be at the forefront of physical testing for many years to come. It features a combination of conventional proven systems as well as the latest technology.

The Towing Tank is the largest University towing tank in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. It supports the following activities within the University:


The Towing Tank supports fundamental and applied research for various departments across the University and in areas such as fundamental fluid dynamics, renewable energies, autonomous systems or innovative ship design.


The Towing Tank has a strong link to the marine industry through the Wolfson Unit which conducts maritime consultancy work for yacht, ship and power boat manufacturers.

The Tank is also available for hire for external companies, please do not hesitate to contact us for more details.

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