Experimental facilities for each research question

Deltares and NUS have a wide range of facilities: from laboratories and field studies to test arrays and simulators.

Facilities at NUS

van kleef centre

The Van Kleef Aquatic Science Centre (VKC) is a world-class research facility promoting research and education on sustainable development focusing on the aquatic sciences. It aims to provide innovative cutting edge and quality service dedicated to supporting and conducting initiatives for sustainable development research and outreach.

NUS IntrumentRoomAtT-LabLaboratories of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE)
Structural Engineering Laboratory
Environmental Engineering Laboratory
Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory
Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
Intelligent Transportation & Vehicle Systems Laboratory
Highway Engineering Laboratory

Laboratories of the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI)TMSI St Johns
Acoustic Research Laboratory
Marine Biology & Ecology Laboratory
Marine Mammal Research Laboratory
Physical Oceanography Research Laboratory
St. John’s Island Marine Laboratory

Laboratories of the NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI)NERI lab


Facilities at Deltares

Data facilities

id lab 1Interactive data research laboratory: The Deltares iD-Lab brings together models, data, visualisation techniques and expert knowledge for application in disaster risk management, among others.

Hydro Facilities

C03C0930The Atlantic Basin can be used for coastal, river, harbour and offshore projects. This basin is a wide flume for investigations related to flow forces, discharge coefficients, specific design details, bed protection and morphological impact of hydraulic structures.

0F7A2279The Pacific Basin is a multifunctional wave current basin, which is used for coastal and offshore related projects in which 3D effects are important, e.g. breakwater heads and foundations of offshore structures.


The Scheldt Flume is a state-of-the art wave flume with wave generators at both sides (one for wave generation and one for wave dissipation). It can be used for coastal and offshore related projects where e.g. armour stability, wave impact loading and the determination of the relevant hydraulic conditions for design purposes are at issue.

low flow velocity

The Delta Basin (50 x 50 m) is a multidirectional wave basin, equipped with 2 multidirectional wave generators, placed at a right angle to each other, capable of generating both regular (periodic) as irregular (random) long-crested or short-crested waves according to well-known frequency-directional distributions. It is very suitable to investigate the influence of 3D wave attack on structures. Both waves, current and a combination of these can be generated.

0F7A2447The Intake and Outfall Basins are available for scale model testing of pump sumps and other intake and outfall structures for a diversity of systems, including cooling water, desalination, sewage water treatment and irrigation systems.

2014 10 Schets Deltagoot DEF Engels HRThe new Delta Flume is a unique test facility where it is possible to test at full scale the effect of extreme waves on dikes, dunes, breakwaters and newly developed innovative hybrid protection structures. The new flume is 300 metres long, 9.5 metres deep and 5 metres wide. This length is needed to simulate wave formation on gradually rising coasts. The depth makes it possible to generate waves up to 4.5 metres high. Waves this big cannot be generated anywhere else in the world

alpha loopThe Alphaloop is a unique experimental facility for investigating a wide range of multiphase flows in pipeline systems. The AlphaLoop allows for single-phase (water), two-(phase) (water&air), and three-phase (water, air and sediment) experiments. Typical flow phenomena that can be investigated include slug flows in long inclined pipelines,  solids re-entrainment in inclined pipes by air and water, acceleration of liquid slugs resulting from a gas blow out, and much more.

Geo facilities


The Geo Field Laboratory can be used to conduct experiments at the field scale, or monitor the actual behaviour of structures, or soil-structure interactions, for longer periods during the construction or operational phase. Identifying actual soil behaviour and behaviour in the long term at the field scale is indispensable for the validation of numerical models,computing rules and structures in design and day-to-day conditions

Geo Model Lab

The Geo Model Laboratory is a laboratory with a large number of generic arrays that makes it possible to determine, in conditioned circumstances, the static and dynamic properties of soil and soil-structure interaction and to validate and optimise geotechnical designs using the results. The experiments are also used to devise and validate models and design rules


The GeoCentrifuge is used to simulate processes to scale that can take months in reality. The centrifuge also films and measures phenomena in the ground in a way that would not be possible in practice. All the tests are developed specifically. Various alternatives can be compared quickly

Geo technisch lab

The Geotechnical Laboratory specialises in complex, advanced tests (such as cyclical triaxial and shear tests) and the development and execution of non-standard experiments in order to determine soil parameters in specific conditions or to conduct experiments in conjunction with large-scale field trials.


Our Geophysics facilities consist of a wide range of technologies for collecting data about the subsurface on land and at sea, but also about the seabed.

Geo/Hydro Facilities

laboratorium utrecht GML

In the Biogeochemical Laboratory a complex range of microbiological and geochemical processes can be investigated that have a major impact on the quality of soil and water, but also on the objects and materials they contain, such as pipelines and sheet piling.

water en grondgoot

In the Water-soil Flume large-scale tests can be performed on several types of soil like clay, rock, silt and sand. The soil to be used can be conditioned and manufactured to the specifications required. The flume may be used for virtually any dredging research project where non-stationary conditions, fast data-acquisition and data-processing as well as realistic boundary conditions are of the essence.

Physical Lab

The Physical Laboratory provides a broad array of different instruments, methods and research opportunities to determine the (geo)physical and biological characteristics of waterbed material, soil- water mixtures, industrial slurries and ores.